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Jakarta Post

Reviving Indonesian studies in Australia

  • Monika Winarnita

Melbourne   /   Sat, February 2 2013   /  09:29 am

Currently, only 15 universities in Australia offer (autonomous) Indonesian language as a major subject.

This year it might have been 15 minus one. In 2012, Indonesian language was slated to be cut by the start of 2013 at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

This was partly because with around 70 students (compared to around 200 for Chinese and Japanese) it had the lowest number of enrolled students. Fortunately, Indonesian language was saved. This is probably attributable to a number of factors.

On a national level, the policy focus has turned to Asia. In Australia, Asia has been in the headlines. Indonesia has the largest economy in Southeast Asia and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected continued growth.

Moreover, Australia relies on the bilateral relationship with Indonesia for national, regional and human security.

Thus, Australia is ...