Indonesian Vice-Consul Visit to La Trobe

The vice-consul for Indonesia in Melbourne, Vitrionaldi, visited La Trobe to discuss ways of building relations, an important aim for La Trobe in the context of the priority task of engaging with Asia.

Mr Vitrionaldi joined in a round-table discussion with a range of University staff led by Leon Lyell, Manager International Relations (chair) and Professor Nick Bisley, Executive Director - La Trobe Asia. Others present included Dr Dirk Tomsa, senior lecturer Politics, Dr Linda Seymour, associate lecturer Indonesia and three representatives of the Bahasa Indonesia Students Association (BISA), Shelley Burns-Williamson, Jasmine Dreher and Richard Binney.

Participants in the meeting noted that La Trobe already had links with several Indonesian universities and received a number of Indonesian students, but considered that La Trobe should do better in these fields.

Attendance of the BISA representatives added a further dimension to the meeting.  BISA promotes Indonesian language and culture at La Trobe and in the community, and campaigned successfully to keep the Indonesian program in a recent series of cuts.

La Trobe intends to build on this initial contact to develop relations with the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra.

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