13 November 2013
A new Australia-Indonesia Centre based at Monash University was launched by the Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott, at a formal function in Parliament House, Canberra, today.
The launch was held as part of a visit to Canberra by the Vice President of Indonesia, His Excellency Professor Dr Boediono, and a senior delegation of ministers and government officials from Jakarta. The Vice President joined the Prime Minister at the launch.
Monash University will lead the Centre from its Caulfield campus in Melbourne with nodes at the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, the University of Sydney, and Australia’s peak scientific and research agency, CSIRO.
The launch follows an announcement by Mr Abbott during his formal talks with the Indonesian President, His Excellency Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in Jakarta last month.
Monash University Provost and Senior Vice President, Professor Edwina Cornish, said at the launch: "Monash is very proud to lead this important initiative, and looks forward to working with our Australian partner institutions along with our distinguished Indonesian alumni to produce some excellent education and research outcomes."
Acting Chief Executive of the new centre, Professor Paul Ramadge, a Vice Chancellor's Professorial Fellow at Monash, said one of the new centre's goals would be to identify shared national challenges and, through highly collaborative research, put forward solutions.
“The centre will bring together government, industry and academia, with areas of interest likely to include food and agriculture, health and wellbeing, infrastructure and smart cities, and water,” Professor Ramadge said.
The launch was attended by representatives of the Australian partner research institutions: the Vice Chancellor of the Australian National University, Professor Ian Young; the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Professor Michael Spence; the Provost of the University of Melbourne, Professor Margaret Sheil; and the Deputy Chief Executive of CSIRO, Mike Whelan.
The Vice President of Indonesia, His Excellency Professor Dr Boediono, will visit Monash University's Clayton campus this Friday to present a lecture and meet community leaders, staff and students. His return to the Clayton campus will be followed by an Australia-Indonesia business forum in Melbourne's CBD. The Melbourne visit is being supported by Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), the Victorian Government and the Global Foundation.
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