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.

Send your submissions to kipi@ppi-australia.org!

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.


We will update you shortly!

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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