At the Summit, KSI Senior Advisor Ben Hillman joined the education panel discussion on challenges and goals in education policy. The discussion recognised the need for many Indonesian research centres to learn about making research policy relevant, and to build capacity for policy research.
“This event shows our shared interest in influencing the shape of research partnerships for mutual benefit, expanding networks, and advocating support for policy research capacity building,” said Ben afterward.
Also taking part in the Summit were representatives from the Directorate General of Higher Education and some of Indonesia’s leading universities, including Universitas Indonesia, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Institut Pertanian Bogor, Universitas Hasanuddin, and Universitas Airlangga. From Australia, the participating institutions were Monash University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
The Australia-Indonesia Centre is based at Monash University. Launched in October 2013, the Centre aims to boost research collaboration and business initiatives and strengthen links between the two nations. The initial priorities of the Centre will include the research domains of education, health, food and agriculture, infrastructure and energy. The Centre will also support thematic research issues ranging from culture, language, technology, policy and management to law and governance. With funding of $15 million over a four-year period, the Centre is fully supported by the Australian Government and partner universities in Australia.