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Victoria University of Wellington strengthens relationships in Indonesia

VUW Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh with Paramadina Rector Professor Anies Baswedan in the Hunter Council Chamber (VUW Weekly Newsletter)

On Monday 14 March, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh hosted representatives from Paramadina University, one of a number of Indonesian universities with which Victoria is developing a growing relationship.

The delegation of Paramadina Rector Professor Anies Baswedan and Vice-Rector Professor Wijayanto was accompanied by Indonesia’s ambassador to New Zealand His Excellency Agus Sriyono. Also present were officials from the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as representatives of our Indonesian student community. 

The visit follows the signing of an academic partnership agreement in Indonesia last year and, this time, the universities signed an agreement to provide English language training for Paramadina academic staff.

The Vice-Chancellor also signed an agreement with Ambassador Sriyono aimed at encouraging greater study and research of Indonesia, New Zealand’s closest Asian neighbour and an emerging and dynamic democracy of 245 million people. In the first instance, the Indonesian Embassy has funded a scholarship that will enable at least one Victoria student to travel to Indonesia for research purposes.

Professor Baswedan, who is among Indonesia’s most prominent academic leaders, also delivered a New Zealand Institute of International Affairs public address: Is Reformasi Working? Reform in Contemporary Indonesia. (VUW Weekly Newsletter)

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