ATN universities strengthen research ties with Indonesia

Indonesia MOU signingThe Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) are this week taking a major step in furthering our ties with Indonesia, through the collective signing of agreements with LPDP that will enable more Indonesian students to complete their PhD studies at ATN universities.

The signings will take place on November 23 and 24 in Jakarta, following immediately on from the Australian Government’s mission to Indonesia, with its focus on education and strengthening ties between our two nations.

These new agreements between the Indonesian Government and ATN members are particularly significant, given the large footprint that ATN universities have in the Australian higher education sector, teaching twenty per cent of Australia’s higher education students and twenty two per cent of Australia’s international students.

Importantly, the partnership between ATN and LPDP is an acknowledgement of the high quality education and research provided by our member universities, and a willingness on the part of the Indonesian Government to partner with the new generation of Australian world-leading universities - each of the ATN members is in the world’s Top 100 universities under 50 years old (Times Higher Education 2015).

“We are honoured that ATN universities are partnering with LPDP to facilitate some of Indonesia’s best and brightest to further their academic and professional careers. A key element of the value proposition for the LPDP has been our members’ close ties to industry, offering research opportunities that deal with real world problems, alongside genuine industry experiences through internships, as well as leadership training and other industry-focussed online learning modules in addition to their research studies," said Professor William Purcell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor International at UTS, who is leading the ATN delegation.

These signings are a representative of the commitment that the ATN member universities have to Indonesia, representing a deepening of the relationship between LPDP and ATN.

ATN is a consortium of five major Australian universities; QUT, University of Technology Sydney, RMIT University, University of South Australia and Curtin University.