Preparing Indonesia 4.0: Enhancing Human Capital

Konferensi Internasional Pelajar Indonesia – PPIA

KIPI’s background

Konferensi Internasional Pelajar Indonesia (KIPI) is a biannual academic conference hosted by Persatuan Pelajar Indonesia Australia (PPIA). One of PPIA’s oldest institutions, KIPI conferences have for years provided Indonesian students and researchers, particularly those studying in Australia, with a platform to share their research and discuss burning issues facing Indonesia.

On 17-18 April 2020, KIPI will be returning to Canberra, Australia, in commemoration of the 40th-year anniversary of PPIA founding by student scholars at the Australian National University.

Conference themes

The theme of this year’s conference is Preparing Indonesia 4.0: Enhancing Human Capital. The conference will discuss the challenges facing Indonesia as it prepares its human capital for potential changes in the global economy, in particular those brought by disruptive technologies that are quickly changing the way we live and work. Human capital development has long been a strategic priority for Indonesian governments in the post-Suharto era. For Indonesia to compete well in the global market and take full advantage of its demographic dividend, it needs a strong, healthy, and talented workforce. Yet, Indonesia still lags in indices of international education, social, and health standards, which would need to change to ensure our competitiveness in the future. With these challenges in mind, President Joko Widodo, now re-elected to a second term, has pledged human capital development as one of the key platforms of his second term in office.

Guiding questions

In this conference, we challenge researchers to come up with creative solutions to address the many challenges that Indonesia is likely to face in developing its human capital into the 21st century. As a guide, we invite policy paper abstracts that address one of these open-ended questions:

  1. What policies can the Indonesian Government pursue to actively improve Indonesia’s human capital?

Abstracts that choose to answer this question may focus on issues such as, but not limited to:

  • Economic reform and development
  • Education, taking into the future of work in the 21st century and the need for entrepreneurship
  • Health and Nutrition, taking into special account mental health
  • Investment in Science and Technology
  • Infrastructure development
  1. What policies can the Indonesian Government pursue to ‘passively’ incentivize the development of Indonesian human capital?

Abstracts that choose to answer this question may focus on issues such as, but not limited to:

  • Law reform, such as intellectual property, technology, international law relating to trade and investment
  • Addressing the effects of climate change and environmental pollution
  • Improving access to justice and the rule of law
  • Policies addressing corruption, both preventive and remedial policies
  • Improvements to civil and political liberties
  • National security
  • Natural disaster management
  • Racism and religious intolerance

What to include in the abstract?

While we have no strict guidelines on the layout of the abstract, we do recommend that you follow the following structure.

  1. Identify the problem that you seek to address.
  2. Provide the framework you use to achieve your solutions.
  3. Provide your solutions to the problem.

Please send us your abstracts in either Microsoft Word or pdf form. In the abstract, please include the title of your paper, along with the name(s) of the author(s) and their institutional affiliations.

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Submission Rules

  • Authors must be Indonesian citizens
  • Papers may be written in either Indonesian or English. However, selected papers will be presented in English.
  • Authors do not have to be studying in Australia.
  • Authors must be currently enrolled in tertiary education (S1, S2, or S3) or vocational institutions.
  • Each paper may have a maximum of two authors. For the avoidance of doubt, both authors would need to be Indonesian citizens.
  • Abstracts must be around 200-250 words
  • Policy papers must be around 1,500 words (+/- 10%)

The abstracts and papers will be submitted to a double-blind peer review.

Submission Timeline

Call for Abstracts – 30 September 2019

Abstracts due – 8 December 2019

Selected delegates announced – 10 January 2020

Policy papers due – 15 March 2020

Conference – 17-18 April 2020

Conference Output

Selected papers will be invited to Canberra, Australia, where they will attend the two-day academic conference. During the conference, they will be invited to present their findings to leading experts and Indonesian policymakers, as well as receive a one-day research workshop – including tips on how to best present your work, turn your research into policy, and how to write journal articles – with some leading scholars based at the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.

Policy papers accepted will be presented to invited Indonesian policymakers at a ceremony on 18 April 2020.


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Committee Structure

Coordinator : Gatra Priyandita

Secretary : Natalia Siahaan

Treasurer : Haniifan Muhammad Naim

Committee Members :

Adinda Soerono

Arnold Adji

Asrul Sidiq

Belinda Kamarga

Bonita Sipasulta

Elisa Stephanie

Ester Marandei

Kevin Marco Tanaya

Nadia Setianto

Noor Wafi Satyonusantoro

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Konferensi Internasional Pelajar Indonesia (KIPI) 2019

As the year of service of PPIA 2018-2019 committee is coming to an end, PPIA held the Indonesian Students International Conference or KIPI. It was conducted successfully on July 3 – 6, 2019 in Monash University Caulfield as the main venue. This program actually was not only about the conference itself but also the PPIA youth entrepreneurship gala dinner, Australia Alumni Networking Chamber (AANC), and the PPIA Congress. At the end of the program, there were internal bonding activities to strengthen the relation amidst committee as their work will end soon.

After officially opened by Kristiarto Legowo, the Ambassador of Indonesia in Australia, the main discussion of the day was conducted on the first day. It talked about the demographic bonus in Indonesia, the challenges and benefits. The main panelists were Dr. Iwu Dwisetiyani Utomo and Prof. Peter McDonalds. After having a break and lunch, the conference was continued to another discussion. It talked about the social and cultural aspects of Indonesia, and the panelists were Dr. Nasya Bahfen and Budiman Sudjatmiko.

On the second day, July 4, 2019, the discussion moved to technological matters which focused on economy creative and technological innovation and information. Rudi Purba, Iwan Sunito, Tatum Ona Kembara, and Helen Brown were the panelists. In the second session of the discussion, Blibli, a leading market place company, delegations appeared to give their presentation about eCommerce in Indonesia and what career opportunities offered by Blibli at the moment. On the same day, the Gala Dinner was held in the Republic of Indonesia General Consulate office. This session had a discussion about industry 4.0 age and gave opportunities for the guests to broaden their professional network during the dinner.

The Congress, where the committees reported their work, was held on the third day, July 5, 2019. On the same day, in dinner time, there was AANC in the Republic of Indonesia General Consulate office. And finally, the program was closed on the fifth day by having internal bonding.

PPI Australia’s Donation for Lombok

Last year, on July 2018, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. After the first one, another two earthquake struck Lombok again, and the damage was quite huge. there are some districts and areas that are heavily damaged. Indonesian Students’ Association of Australia (PPI Australia) working together with its chapters and branches organized  charity fundraising and donation to help those in need.

PPI Australia, working together with Forum Academia  NTT in Lombok, raised a total of $3000 AUD in funds. The funds were being used to help people in Lombok and it is being distributed by Forum Academia NTT. The aids are being distributed in the form of basic school supplies (Pen, pencil, book, and sharpener) to kindergartens and elementary schools, aid in the form of food supplies and cooking tools for the women as a way for trauma healing, and also building tools for rebuilding Lombok.

aid distribution of school supplies in the sub-district of Narmada.
Aid distribution in the form of building supplies and tools in Rembige.

In distributing the aids, Forum Academia NTT focused the aids on some parts of Lombok that are heavily damaged, such as in the sub-district of Batu Kliang, Central Lombok and  farmers in Lombok.

Aid distribution in the sub-district of Tanjung, Lombok.
Aid donation in the sub-district of Batu Kliang, Central Lombok.
Aid distribution to a family and head of village where they helped an abandoned aged care facility by opening up their bungalow.

10 New Bali of Indonesia (Part 2)

Mount Bromo, East Java

A lunarlike landscape of epic proportions and surreal beauty, the volcanic Bromo region is one of Indonesia’s most breathtaking sights.
Rising from the guts of the ancient Tengger caldera, Gunung Bromo (2392m) is one of three volcanoes to have emerged from a vast crater, stretching 10km across. Flanked by the peaks of Kursi (2581m) and Batok (2440m), the smouldering cone of Bromo stands in a sea of ashen, volcanic sand, surrounded by the towering cliffs of the crater’s edge. Just to the south, Gunung Semeru (3676m), Java’s highest peak and one of its most active volcanoes, throws its shadow – and occasionally its ash – over the whole scene.

The vast majority of independent travellers get to Bromo via the town of Probolinggo and stay in Cemoro Lawang, where facilities are good. There are other options in villages on the road up from Probolinggo. Additional approaches via Wonokitri and Ngadas are possible.

Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara

Mandalika, once a surfers’ best kept secret, now it has emerged as the island’s capital of leisure. Mandalika shouts heaven from all of its enchanting corners.
The special tourism economic zone boasts vibrant bars and nightclubs, thrilling racing circuits, exciting water parks, luxurious hotels and resorts, fascinating golf courses, rejuvenating spas, and plenty more; there’s everything for everyone at this 1,250 hectare paradise. The tourism industry in Mandalika is equalling its neighboring island, Bali. Mandalika is also a melting pot of tourists from all parts of the globe. Here, the tourism industry fused seamlessly with the unique and colorful culture of the local people that is still well preserved for generations.

Mandalika is also conveniently located near some of Lombok’s most outstanding beaches. These include Tanjung Aan, Kuta, Gerupuk, Serenting, and Seger Beach. From the top of the Merese Hill and Batu Payung Beach, you are presented with some of the most amazing panorama of Lombok. All kinds of fun water sports activities awaits at Kuta Beach. Those who enjoy swimming, surfing, and fishing can head to Gerupuk Beach, while those who prefer peace and serenity can head to Serenting Beach. For a one of a kind cultural experience, head down to Seger Beach during the annual tradition of Bau Nyale Ritual and join in the local festivity you won’t find elsewhere.
Blessed with a beautiful nature and enhanced by the hands of professionals, Mandalika is designed to make your dream vacation a reality. With all its exceptional splendors, a trip here will be unforgettable and will make you long for more.

Getting around in this area is quite simple. A public transportation vehicle called Bemo runs all over Lombok including Mandalika, and it will get you to most places. You can also rent a car, a motorcycle, or a bicycle. However, since most of the facilities in the area are within walking distance, you can simply walk or stroll as you enjoy the vibe.

How to get there? From Singapore and Malaysia, you can take a direct flight to Lombok International Airport, which is located not too far from Mandalika. Flights are also available from various major cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Surabaya, and Bali. From Jakarta, the flight will take about 2 hours, while from the nearby Bali, it will only take about 30 minutes. From Bali, you can also take a ferry from Padang Bai Harbor to Lembar Harbor in Lombok. From there you can take a bus or a taxi to Mandalika that will take about 2-3 hours.

Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara

On the westernmost tip of the Island of Flores, the town of Labuan Bajo, or also spelled Labuhan Bajo, sits peacefully with many wonders waiting for you to explore. Labuan Bajo was only a small fishing site that today has flourished to become the gateway to many exotic destinations in East Nusa Tenggara.

The extraordinary interest of travelers to the existence of the Komodo dragons who are locally called ora is a valuable alluring factor that amplified by its superb national park.
The Komodo National Park was listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in 1991. It is home to fascinating wildlife, both on land and underwater. The park consists of Komodo Island, Rinca Island, Padar Island and numerous smaller islands around them. Labuan Bajo is known as the city of sunset. You can find plenty of vantage point to enjoy every end of the day with a spectacular sky.

There are some interesting destinations that you can discover inside the city. The Mirror Cave is located only 4 kilometers away from Labuan Bajo. This cave was founded by Dutch archaeologist in 1951, who concludes that Labuan Bajo was once located under water.

The local name for the cave is Goa Batu Cermin. In some parts, you can see some stones with reflective character, thus become the name of this natural wonders.
Another stunning wonder you might also want to check out is Rangko cave. Have you ever swim in a cave-lake before? Here’s your chance!
You can also explore the paths to Cunca Rami and Cunca Wulang canyon waterfall! Bukit Cinta, Puncak Amelia, and Puncak Silvia are all vantage points, not far away from Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo. You can enjoy some spectacular view of the island and the open sea at sunset.

For the culinary feast, you can head right to Kampung Ujung and experience the delicious local food center for dinner time in Labuan Bajo.
Labuan Bajo becomes more romantic with the growth of that ideal holiday spot. Wooden cottages with thatched roofs camouflaged by shrubberies and towering trees up in the sloping township, overlooking an idyllic harbor, is the perfect elements of an unforgettable experience.

For some adventurers, Labuan Bajo can be that ideal getaway. With choices of land and sea to conquer, it is no wonder that Labuan Bajo is seeing more and more visitors coming every year. Try the liveaboard experience, where you get to live on board for several days, to visit gorgeous islands and dive into the stunning wonders of the ocean.

Wakatobi, South Sulawesi

WA stands for Wangi-wangi; KA is for Kaledupa; TO for Tomia; and BI for Binongko, and what do you get when you put all names of the islands together? The ultimate tropical paradise that lies at the heart of the world’s precious Coral Triangle, this is WAKATOBI!

Now a National Marine Park covering the entire Wakatobi District, it comprises a total of 1.4 million hectares, of which 900,000 hectares are decorated with different, colourful species of tropical coral reefs. For Wakatobi is widely recognized as having the highest number of reef and fish species in the world. The islands are also famous as the largest barrier reef in Indonesia, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Here can be found fringing, atolls and barrier reefs and offer more than 50 spectacular dive sites easily accessible from the major islands. This is the habitat of large and small fish species, the playground of dolphins, turtles and even whales. Wakatobi alone is said to have 942 fish species and 750 coral reef species from a total of 850 of world’s collection, which, comparing with the two world’s famous diving centers, the Caribbean Sea owns only 50 species with 300 coral reef species in the Red Sea, in Egypt.

There are 4 islands in Wakatobi, which consists of Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko.
Wangi-Wangi is the perfect place to start your Wakatobi adventure. Whether you are a skilled diver, occasional snorkeler, or just a laid-back traveler, the adventure of Wakatobi begins here. Commercial flights fly to and from Matahora Airport on this island make it the perfect gateway to explore all the wonders of Wakatobi. Watching the sun rise majestically over the horizon while dolphins swim and jump around your boat could not be a better start to your adventure.

Kaledupa is perfect for your timeless serenity. Surrounded by mangrove forests and coconut trees, the island of Kaledupa boasts a quiet and calmer atmosphere compared to the other islands. The total tranquility is especially felt at the nearby Hoga Island which is the center for scientific and research undertaken by Operation Wallacea. Boasting crystal clear water, pristine soft white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, and nothing but the sound of waves rushing to the shore, this is best as it gets in terms of a perfect getaway. There are two resorts on this small island: Hoga Dive Resort and Hoga Island Dive Resort. Electricity is available only from 6.00 pm to 12.00 pm, but then again, it’s a small price to pay for such an exquisite natural luxury. Hoga Channel and ‘The ridge’ near Hog are also among some of the best diving spots in Wakatobi.

Next, Tomia. The Third Island of Wakatobi, Tomia has been a famous dive site for more than 10 years. With over 40 dive sites that have been named and mapped with easy access to most of them, the island of Tomia has already established its name among divers worldwide. Among the many, Roma’s Reef is a must among veteran divers as a challenging yet beautiful site. Almost resembling a big city, Roma’s reef is very busy with vibrant underwater life. Here, you can find schools of Giant Trevalleys, sea snakes coming up from the sea floor, turtles gliding by majestically, as well as various colorful fish dancing among the soft corals. The privately funded Marine Preserve in Tomia, the Wakatobi Dive Resort offers exclusive packages including direct flights from Bali to the resort’s private airstrip.

Beyond its waters, Tomia also offers a great overland adventure. The warm greetings of the local people will welcome you at the Patua Fort. The fort is considered the largest among similar fortresses found throughout the islands that once served not only to provide protection against invaders but also as the center of the settlement. What made this unique, is that the fort here (as well as other forts throughout the islands) are not built in European style with high cemented walls, but instead, the structures are made from piles of coral rocks that are distinct to the region. Aside from the fort, the local villagers also have a very unique attraction of climbing up the stairs on traditional bamboo stilts.

And the last one, Binongko is the land of blacksmiths. Binongko, the Bi or the last syllable of Wakatobi , and the furthest island of the group, offers its own special experiences. Again you will be greeted with the warm hospitality and friendliness of the local people. A lovely traditional welcoming dance is performed by a group of young girls accompanied by the traditional gambus music when a group of tourists visit the island. Binongko is actually the reason why the islands were once known as ‘Tukang Besi’. Simply translated, TukangBesi means iron workers or blacksmiths. And Binongko is the island where you can find these really skilled blacksmiths. Here you can observe how steel is forged, shaped, and sharpened using traditional techniques that have been passed on down generations. Many even consider that knives and parang (machetes) produced on Binongko are the best in Indonesia. Off its shores, Binongko also offers excellent snorkeling and diving experiences with plenty of magnificent underwater splendors to enjoy.

You can get to Wakatobi by plane to Bau-Bau. Airlines flying to Bau-Bau from Jakarta, Bali or Surabaya are Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air and Sriwijaya Airline. From here you must take a boat to Wakatobi. The Wakatobi Dive Resort operates Charter flights so they can pick up passengers from Bali arriving direct on the island of Tomia.

Morotai Island, North Maluku

Locals who still remember World War II would tell visitors that back in 1944-145 Morotai was a hive of military activities with tens of sorties roaring daily from aircrafts taking off and landing at airstrips along Daruba Bay,endless stamping of thousands of military boots marching across the island, and navy ships anchoring daily carrying supplies and reinforcement. For Morotai back then, was the strategic base of the Allied Forces from which they attacked posts in the Philippines and Borneo in their fight against Japanese forces during World War II.

Now the government plans to make Morotai into an economic hub and gateway into Indonesia from the Pacific Ocean. Morotai will be developed as a fishery, tourist, trade and services center.

The island of Morotai has now been designated as one of Indonesia’s Top Priority Tourist Destination for intense resort development.

Located north of the larger island of Halmahera in the province of North Maluku, the island of Morotai has a number of great beaches and interesting diving spots. The largest town here is Daruba in the south. To Morotai’s north are the Philippines, to its east the Pacific Ocean. Not much remains to be seen from those hectic World War II days, except for a number of interesting wrecks to be explored underwater.

A lone statue of General Douglas MacArthur on the island of SumSum near Daruba serves to remind following generations that this famous general, best known for his words “I will return”, once made Morotai his military base. Nearby at Kao Bay in Halmahera a half submerged Japanese wreck named the Tosimaru can still be seen from shore.

A shack filled with memorabilia of World War II collected by a private citizen and known as the Morotai Museum can be visited to remind visitors of those terrible war days, which will hopefully never occur again on this planet. Besides serving as US and Australian military base in WW II, the island of Morotai later also served as base for Indonesian forces in the liberation of West New Guinea from Dutch colonization.

The best way to get to Morotai is on your own yacht or liveaboard, which will ensure your easy access and accommodation.
The nearest airport to Morotai is on the island of Ternate. Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, and Sriwijaya Air serve regular flights to Ternate. From here you must travel overland to Tobelo, in North Halmahera, then take a ferry to Daruba on Morotai. The sea journey takes around two hours.

10 New Bali of Indonesia (Part 1)

10 New Bali of Indonesia

Recently, Indonesian government has announced the development of 10 new tourist attraction across Indonesia that will be developed for tourism. The government hoped that in the future, these new areas can be a major destination for tourists like Bali.

Lake Toba, North Sumatra

Located in North Sumatra, Lake Toba is a volcanic lake known for the beauty of its nature.
This volcanic lake is the biggest in Southeast Asia, with 87 kilometres long, 27 kilometres wide, and located 904 metres above the sea level with depth reaches 505 metres.

It was formed about 80,000 years ago by a colossal volcanic eruption : the caldera that was created eventually buckled under the pressure and collapsed in on itself, the high-sided basin that remained filling with water to form the lake. A second, smaller volcanic eruption, 50,000 years after the first, created an island the size of Singapore in the middle of the lake. This island, called Samosir Island, is the cultural and spiritual heartland of the Toba Batak people and one of the most fascinating, pleasant and laidback spots in Indonesia.

You can reach Lake Toba from the city of Medan, the capital of North Sumatra. From Medan, Lake Toba can be reached from Kualanamu Airport. from Jakarta, the airlines that can be used to reach Kualanamu Airport are Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Citilink, Batik Air, and Sriwijaya Air.

Tanjung Lesung, Banten

Located in Banten, this beautiful beach is located adjacent to the Ujung Kulon area, Banten, and belongs to a protected area namely the Tanjung Lesung Special Economic Zone. Although this beach is not as famous as Anyer Beach or Carita Beach, Tanjung Lesung Beach is no less charming for tourists. This beach will usually be much quieter on Sundays than on Saturdays, therefore you should prepare the right day before deciding to visit this beach.

As one of the beach resorts located far from cities, Tanjung Lesung is highly recommended for those of you who want to find peace. Boring daily activities and various problems sometimes make chaotic thoughts, so that occasionally we need a vacation to momentarily refresh our minds.

There are some car routes to Tanjung Lesung Beach. The first one, from Tangerang. The route will be Tangerang – Serang – Pandeglang – Labuan-Panimbang -Tanjung-Lesung. Using this route, This route is closer than you have to pass through Coastal North Coast through Anyer and Carita.

The second one, from Jakarta, you can take Jakarta – Merak highway – East Serang highway – Serang – Pandeglang – Labuan-Panimbang -Tanjung-Lesung. Or alternatively, from Jakarta – Merak highway, exit through Cilegon – Anyer and Carita lane – Labuan – Tanjung Lesung.
For some people who have visited several beaches in Banten such as Carita Beach and Anyer Beach, you should not miss the beach located in the Banteng area, Banten, this is because there will provide a beach view and natural beauty that is not inferior to other beach destinations.

There are some activities to enjoy here, such as :

• Enjoying sunrise and sunset : Not only can you enjoy the beach and the swish of the waves, this place is predicted to be the right tourist destination for those of you who want to watch the sunrise and sunset behind the child of Krakatoa. Usually some tourists who want to hunt for sunrise moments, they do it while exercising around the beach area such as jogging.
• Enjoying the beach from the pier : The pier at Tanjung Lesung Beach is the place most hunted by tourists, mostly young people. In addition to enjoying the beauty of the beach from the pier, this place can also be used for fishing. But for those of you who have a hobby of fishing and want to fish on this beach you should bring your own fishing gear from home because there is no rental of fishing equipment in this place.
• Snorkelling : For those of you who have a hobby of watching marine life, Tanjung Lesung Beach is certainly the right beach to channel your hobbies. With diving, you can see the beauty of the underwater because this beach is the location of a coral reef conservation area.
• Art performances : on the day of your arrival at this beach there will usually be performances of art such as debus to dance. These shows are often done at night, so for those of you who want to spend the night in this coastal area by setting up tents with friends, you can watch this show.

Kepulauan Seribu, DKI Jakarta

“Kepulauan Seribu” literally meaning: the Thousand Islands, yes, the same as the popular dressing we put on salads! Here, in fact, this is the name given to the many tropical islands scattered in the Bay of Jakarta.

But only very few people know, that here are exactly 110 islands only, that together form a District, encompassing the Pulau Seribu National Marine Park in the province of Jakarta. This cluster of islands forms a splendid nautical getaway that ranges from a mere half hour to a three hours’ boat ride from the north coast of the capital city.

Here, around 20,000 people live on 11 islands only, while all others are either uninhabited, are privately owned or are a restricted nature sanctuary. The islands are a snorkeling haven and watersports playground in particular for the inhabitants of the metropolitan city. During holidays, domestic tourists throng to the islands to have fun under the sun on these many recreation islands.

There are some islands that you should visit :
• Bidadari island : Pulau Bidadari is the nearest island to Marina Ancol ferry port, and is only 30 minutes away by boat, where you can instantly enjoy the photogenic site of Fort Martello, that was built in the 17th century. The island has a marvellous collection of rare trees growing naturally on its fertile soil.There are the Peace Trees (baringtoniaexelsa), Sentigi Trees (pempisacidula), Black Wood Trees (diospyrosmaritama), fruit trees and mangrove trees that are superb resources to study. Floating cottages are favorite places to spend your holiday on the island. Unwind and sink your feet in the sand. Donot miss to get a taste of the local scrumptious seafood dishes that come fresh from the blue water.
• Ayer island : Pulau Ayer resort offers vacationers the choice to stay either on floating cottages or on land in villas designed along Papua traditional details. The resort was developed in the 1950s, and was the retreat for Indonesia’s First President, Soekarno. Complemented will all kinds of vacation facilities such as restaurants, arcade zone, karaoke, playground, sports field, and large swimming pools , these are among fun watersports activities to be tried out on this island. Located only only some 25 minutes from Marina Ancol, the island is one of the favorite destinations for families and large group gatherings.
• Onrust island : Pulau Onrust is a small island that hides a historic Dutch fortress and other remains from the Dutch colonial times and now functions as the islands’ museum. The name ‘Onrust’ comes from the Dutch word meaning ‘Unrest’. Nonetheless other sources mention an alternative possibility, that it may be derived from a Dutch aristocrat named Baas Onrust Cornelis van der Walck . The island’s history dates back to the 1800s. In time it changed function several times, from being an important shipyard of the Dutch East India Company, VOC, to becoming a weather station, a sanatorium, a Hajj quarantine, and even as a prison for notorious criminals. Therefore the island holds many traces following its long history.
• Pulau Macan : Pulau Macan or Tiger Island attracts honeymooners as an eco tourism destination, famous for its romantic huts. Here huts are built in natural style, so that you may truly feel as if you are on a secluded private island away from civilization. Some of the huts are so positioned to allow visitors to catch the best sunset view. You can even plunge into the clear ocean waters just a few steps from your comfy bed. Located 1.5 hours away from Marina Ancol, Pulau Macan offers exciting watersports such as canoeing, windsurfing, snorkeling and diving.

Tanjung Kelayang, Bangka Belitung

Tanjung Kelayang is one of the most beautiful beaches in Belitung, a beach recreation center that periodically stops hundreds of yachts from overseas in the Sail Indonesia event. This place is also a port used by tourists to do island hopping tours that are most in demand by tourists coming to Belitung. This beach is located 27 km north of Tanjungpandan city.

Tanjung Kelayang has been known by the local community as a place of recreation since long ago. The most interesting sight is a small island formed of large granite stones located approximately 800 meters from the end of the beach. The shape of the stone resembles the head of a bird, that is what makes the name of this place as Tanjung Kelayang, where Kelayang is the name of one type of bird. Residents around named the stone shaped like a bird’s head with a more special name, namely Batu Garuda.

The east coast is the entrance to Tanjung Kelayang, here there is only white sand, no granite on the beach. From there visitors usually walk along the coast approximately 300m to the north, where granite rocks can be found, scattered along the tip of the peninsula and also on the surface of the sea. One of them is shaped like a bird.

Meanwhile the West side beach has a different view. The length of the beach is not along the East side because on the West side there are more granite stones. The view of the unit from the west coast is 3 small islands, about 700m from the shoreline. Combined with large granite rocks scattered on the surface of the sea, the scenery on the West side is more attractive, especially at sunset. The best place to enjoy views of the West side coast is from the top of the granite rocks at the end of the peninsula.

Borobudur Temple, Central Java

Borobudur Temple is located in Magelang, Central Java. It is the biggest Buddhist temple in the world.
The Sailendra dynasty built this Largest Buddhist monument in the world between AD 780 and 840. The Sailendra are the ruling dynasty in Central Java at the time. It was built as a place for glorifying Buddha and a pilgrimage spot to guide mankind from worldly desires into enlightenment and wisdom according to Buddha. This monument was discovered by the British in 1814 under Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles, it was until 1835 that the entire area of the temple has been cleared.
Borobudur built in the style of Mandala which symbolizes the universe in Buddhist teaching. This structure is square shaped with four entry point and a circular center point. Working from the exterior to the interior, three zones of consciousness are represented, with the central sphere representing unconsciousness or Nirvana.

NAILA 2018 Award Night

NAILA 2018 Award Night was successfully held on Friday, November 9th, 2018 in Monash Conference Centre. The National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) is an annual speech competition held by AIYA (Australia Indonesia Youth Association) that rewards and fosters the development of Indonesian language learning in Australia at all levels. The event was opened by Mrs. Spica Tutuhatunewa, the Consulate General of Indonesia.

This year, NAILA has diversity as its theme of competition. The event was opened by Ms. Sally Hill, the founder and director of NAILA. This year’s competition was judged by a panel of VIP judges, which consists of Mr. John McGlynn (the founder of Lontar Foundation), Mrs. Svida Alisjahbana (chairwoman of Femina Group), Ms. Jane Ahlstrand (Lecturer of Indonesian language at University of New England), and Ms. Yacinta Kurniasih (Poet, writer, Indonesian Studies lecturer at Monash University).


The awards are categorized into several categories from primary to People’s choice. The awardees are representatives of all states in Australia.


The awardees are :

  • Blake Johnson – Primary Awardee
  • Kayla Burnett – Junior Awardee
  • Sreeya Das – Middle Awardee
  • Rya Hwright – University of Melbourne Asia Institute Senior Awardee
  • Ellen House – Australia Indonesia Centre Tertiary Awardee
  • Bryanna Wilson – Executive Awardee
  • Iven Manning – Wild Card Awardee
  • Tom Mckenzie – Deakin University Teacher Awardee
  • Andrian Liem – Native Speaker Awardee

NAILA is a good chance to improve your Indonesian language skills and speech. According to Ellen House, The Australia Indonesia Centre Tertiary Awardee, “NAILA is an amazing opportunity to improve your Indonesian language skills. So, I decided to prepare my speech and joined NAILA 2018.”

At the end of the event, the committee announces the winner of the People’s Choice (group) Award, which won by team Aku Cinta Indonesia, and they announced the  second winner of each award categories.

This year’s NAILA 2018 has been great, the awardees and participants made a good job. can’t wait for NAILA next year!

Writer : Levina Tabita

A Story from Niken

Hi everyone! My name is Niken (@nikenpriscilla). I am a final year BSc. Student, majoring in physics at the University of Melbourne and I am delighted to share about my passion.

Growing up, I always have huge curiosity and interest in understanding everything on a deeper level. I came across Carl Sagan’s Cosmos when I was around 15. His work incredibly touched my nerdy soul such that I was left in tears. To me, the idea that we are insignificant in the grandiose of the universe was very humbling and mesmerizing.

During my time in Foundation Studies, I decided to choose physics as my major. I was worried about my future employability, but many people supported me in pursuing this passion. So I followed through. Right before university, I received the Melbourne International Undergraduate Scholarship. And thus my physics journey started.

I quickly realized physics majors bring hard-work to a new level. I struggled in lectures and spend tremendous hours in decrypting and writing assignments. My confidence level declined steeply due to being around super smart and dedicated people all the time.

In spite of that, I didn’t stop learning. Through networking and cold-emailing professors, I had the amazing opportunity to intern at Melbourne Centre of Nanofabrication, the largest nanofabrication facility in Australia. I investigated the structure of nanoparticles and thin films to generate a transparent device that gives out different colours when illuminated through. The remarkable support I obtained from my supervisors led me to successfully produce the effect. I also got the chance to present my research to the Reserve Bank of Australia, University staffs and postgraduate students. I became more and more confident in myself.

My experience at ACEx also rekindled my passion for physics and sharpened my interest in nanotechnology. I can’t wait to do more exciting experiments, like the Summer Research Scholarship from Monash University this year on nanodiamonds! Hopefully, I will be able to continue my physics adventure in Master of Science next year.

I know there are many obstacles that we face daily as an international student. I hope my story could encourage you to pursue your passion, whatever it is. It’s a pleasure to share my love for physics and science, especially to my fellow Indonesians. If you have any young family members or friends that have similar interests, do not hesitate to reach out and let me know how I can help 🙂

Niken Priscilla, a final year Bachelor of Science student majoring in physics at the University of Melbourne.

Weekly Article – Doing Master’s Degree in Australia

Are you planning to study in Australia? If so, you are currently in the right place. Australia offers a high-quality education for both undergraduate and postgraduate degree in various fields of study. By the end of this article, you will get useful tips for preparing your study in Australia, particularly from graduate student’s perspective.

Let’s start with understanding the type of degree itself. After finishing an undergraduate degree (bachelor’s degree), we can continue our study to pursue a postgraduate degree, such as Graduate Diploma and Master. However, there is a different type of master’s degree in Australia and Indonesia. There are two types of master’s degree in Australia: master by coursework and master by research. By doing postgraduate coursework, you will have a set of course program like an undergraduate degree but with a deeper understanding and critical thinking. The duration of study can be one year, 1.5 years, or 2 years, and will be started on February (summer intake), July (winter intake), or both. Meanwhile, you will have no lecture in postgraduate research (you can have some required classes, in some cases) because you will do your proposed research within a specific timeframe. Instead of studying for three or four semesters like postgraduate coursework, a student enrolling in master by research will have a different working schedule as approved by the supervisor. In addition, some coursework programs also offer project or thesis for those who want to do the combination of coursework and research studies.

After understanding the difference between postgraduate coursework and research, have you considered your choice? Along with the explanation about the types and duration of postgraduate degree, here are some great tips for you to consider before and during your master study in Australia:

  1. Read the university’s website thoroughly, especially about your program, course lists, duration of study, fees and scholarships, as well as entry requirements.
  2. For those who want to do master by research, start finding a research topic, write your proposal, and contact the potential supervisor. For those who want to do the combined master program, it is also beneficial to identify the topic and supervisor in advance.
  3. Once you arrive in Australia, take workshops to help you adjusting with learning system in Australia. Some sessions such as getting started at ‘uni life’, library tour, and learning tips from student advisors are recommended to do in your first week here.
  4. Almost all academic stuff can be accessed online, including learning materials, learning resources, and lecture recordings, so computer literacy skills are vital for your academic life in Australia.
  5. Attend and participate actively during lectures and tutorials, as well as finishing the reading list before the class will be helpful to get more benefits from your study.
  6. Plan and revise your schedule. Once you enrol for your semester, you can access the complete class schedule and the list of your assessment as well. You can start planning your learning schedule based on them.
  7. Balance your life. Allocate your time to be away from your learning materials and assignments, then choose activities as your interest. In Australia, you have plenty of chance to do volunteering, travelling, networking, even getting a part-time job (please refer to your student visa for the working hour limit). Don’t forget to include these activities in your schedule.

It is widely known that doing a master study is demanding, but trust me, it is manageable.
Make a study plan, get involved in leisure activities, and enjoy studying in Australia!

Writer : Hesti Retno Budi Arini