On Friday (25/5/18), Miranda Traeger, a student of Faculty of Law at The University of Adelaide Australia, presented her views on the education system in Australia and Indonesia at a monthly discussion, SEA Chat # 8.
In a friendly ambience at CESSAS Library UGM, Miranda started her presentation by inviting each participant to share their research and personal interests on Southeast Asia. She then drew their attention on education issues while comparing fundamental and practical elements of Indonesian and Australian education framework. The discussion was fruitful, some participants who used to live or study in Australia for several years remarked on the distinctive teaching method of Australian teachers.
Moreover, she added that a number of programs are in place in order to strengthen Indonesia-Australia relation. This included a list of Australia-Indonesia cooperative education programs and institutions. One of them was a student exchange program. She herself benefited from a student exchange scheme, ACICIS Study Indonesia.
The lively discussion concluded that the promotion of cultural understanding between countries is essential rather than compiling a draft to decide. This could be achieved by offering more and more student exchange opportunity for both countries. (Endo)