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Go south, young scholars

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Adelaide   /   Wed, August 2, 2017   /  01:14 pm
Go south, young scholars Young Indonesians have to leave their homeland to set the right coordinates for future careers. (Shutterstock/File)

When Kristiarto Legowo stood to open an academic conference in the South Australian capital of Adelaide he must have wondered: have I really moved out of my homeland to take this posting? For most of the hundred faces that the republic’s new ambassador to Australia could see were clearly Indonesian and young. The few Caucasians in the lecture theater were mainly middle aged and beyond, white shocks among dark mops. Why had so many of his compatriots flown 4,600 kilometers south to the Indonesia Council’s Open Conference at Flinders University when the small cluster of Westerners could have traveled north to a similar event? With access to higher wages, paid leave, travel allowances, study grants and stipends their journey would have involved little hardship. In his first official engagement in the Great South Land the ambassador told attendees that Indonesia should r...

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