Scholarships and Connections: Australia, Indonesia and PNG

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For over fifty years now, Australia has welcomed students from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea to study at our tertiary institutions on government scholarships. An important premise behind the scholarship program has been the hope that the connections with Australia developed by these students will be long-lasting and mutually beneficial to Australia and partner governments. Our project will examine this proposition by investigating the life stories/experiences of students from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea who were sponsored for Australian-based tertiary study from 1950s-2010.

What is the Project?

The project is especially interested in learning about the experiences of former scholarship-holders in leadership, the formation and activities of your networks and alumni groups and your ongoing connections with Australia. We hope this will to lead to a better understanding of the personal and professional networks among scholarship alumni and to record and communicate these experiences.

Based at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute (ADRI) at Deakin University, Geelong, Australia, the project is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Australian Development Research Award Scheme.

Who is involved?

The study will focus on cohorts of students from each decade. Participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire and possibly to also join interviews, in groups or individually.

ADRI's researchers will work in collaboration with our Partner Institutions in-country; the Pacific Adventist University (PAU) in Port Moresby and the Abdurrahman Wahid Centre at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, to carry out both the questionnaire and interviews. The project will be monitored by our Project Manager based at ADRI.

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How can I participate?

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Did you complete at least 12 months of study in Australia on an Australian government scholarship between the 1950s - 2010?

If so, we would love for you to complete our questionnaire below (available in both English and Indonesian, it takes approximately 15 minutes).

PLEASE NOTE: The return of the completed questionnaire will be taken as agreement for your information to be used in this project. However, you are free at any stage to request anonymity for a part or the whole of your participation in the project. You are also free to withdraw at any stage from the project.

The information gathered in the questionnaire and interviews will be used in several ways. Drawing on oral history and biographical skills, we will use the information we gather from participants to write case studies, and for cohort and group analysis. An oral history archive containing memories of Indonesian and Papua New Guinean scholarship recipients from the last five decades will be established and made available as an online resource on the Project website. Other publications will include articles in the media, academic journals, working papers and books. These will all be made accessible on the Project website.

After submitting the questionnaire, and if you are willing to do so, researchers may contact you to make arrangements for a group or individual interview. Interviews can be carried out at a time and place convenient for you such as at your workplace, home or in a cafe for example, or if it suits, in the offices of the Partner Institution. Interviews will be conducted in English or if you prefer, in Indonesian. Interviews will be audio recorded for inclusion in the oral history archive.

If you would like more information please contact the project team.




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