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.