Strengthening education and cultural ties with Indonesia

14 October, 2015

Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, last night congratulated the Australian Consortium of In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) on its 20th anniversary of assisting Australians to study in Indonesia.

"Indonesia is one our closest and most important regional neighbours and the Australian Government supports opportunities that help deepen cultural and education ties between our countries," Senator Colbeck said.

"Over the past 20 years, the hard work and expertise of ACICIS and its university partners has created direct and meaningful connections between Australia and Indonesia, with almost 2,000 Australian students contributing to our engagement with Indonesia.

"The success of the ACICIS study programs has inspired many Australian universities to join the consortium and today 22 Australian universities are members of ACICIS. A majority of New Colombo Plan scholars will undertake one of ACICIS' 13 study programs across five Indonesian cities.

"The Australian Government regards Indonesia as an important regional neighbour and we have a mutual desire to work together to skill our people and boost trade ties, ensuring the prosperity of our countries well into the future.

"Education is a key part of achieving this vision and organisations like ACICIS play a vital role in opening up the exchange of people and ideas."

ACICIS will receive around $2 million to support 448 mobility grants and 97 additional internship grants under the recently announced New Colombo Plan mobility grants.

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