Since the 1960s Australia has been an important centre for the study of Indonesian language and culture. Indonesian has been popular both in our primary and secondary schools, and at the tertiary level where it is one of the ‘big three’ Asian languages, together with Japanese and Chinese. So why do students choose to study Indonesian? Consider the following:
Indonesia is one of the largest and most diverse countries in the world. With over 220 million people and more than eighteen thousand islands linking the Pacific and Indian Oceans it is of great environmental, cultural, political, and economic interest to the countries in the Asia Pacific region.
While industry and government agencies need to secure thousands of professionals to work across these diverse fields there has been a clear shortage of professionals with the appropriate communications skills in Indonesian. This means that it has often been left up to the Indonesians to acquire the linguistic and cultural knowledge required for an efficient workplace.
Ultimately language study can not just be about the work place, you need to personally engage with a new culture and understand more about your own. Language study therefore is also about the pure enjoyment and inspiration of entering another culture, journeying into someone else’s world. You may explore Indonesia ‘s theatre, literature, music, and cinema or you might like to follow interests in politics and religion.
The Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre will be a dynamic and contemporary platform for Monash researchers engaging with Indonesia. It will deliver a vibrant schools outreach program, will support the learning of Bahasa Indonesia, will foster university partnerships and will engage with our growing cohort of Indonesia alumni. Read more
Yacinta Kurniasih, editor of the International Journal of Indonesian studies has launched a new South East Asian Noir edition of the journal, bringing to the forefront the understudied status of the topic of South East Asian crime writing and in response to the growing international stature of Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan. Read more
On Friday 16 February, Monash Asia Institute (MAI) in collaboration with Monash University's Office of Global Engagement hosted a public lecture entitled “Islam with progress: lessons learnt from Muhammadiyah“. Professor Ariel Heryanto, Deputy Director of MAI & Chair of Herb Feith introduced and welcomed keynote speaker Dr Haedar Nashir, Chairman of Muhammadiyah. Dr. Haedar Nashir… Read more