On 21 July 2011, Murdoch University awarded an Honorary Professorship to His Excellency Mr Primo Alui Joelianto, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Australia and Vanuatu. The symbolic award is in recognition of the Ambassador’s commitment to Australian-Indonesian relations and his support of the University’s work in Indonesian teaching and research.
To mark the appointment, Mr Joelianto gave a public address, Indonesia’s Foreign Policy and Indonesia-Australia Bilateral Relations, at Murdoch University on the same day. Mr Joelianto’s public address was given in the Brian Hill Lecture Theatre at Murdoch’s South Street Campus from 10.30am to 11.30am.
Mr Joelianto is a distinguished diplomat, having served previously in the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Director-General for Asia Pacific and Africa Affairs, and as Director both for East Asia and Pacific Affairs and for Middle East Affairs.
Since his appointment as Ambassador in Canberra in March 2009, he has worked tirelessly to advance Australian-Indonesian relations.
Professor Gary Martin, Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University, said: “The appointment of Honorary Professor is only offered rarely. We regard it as a measure of our respect for the recipient, and a recognition of their role and contribution – past, present and future – to the advancement of the University in a particular field – in this case Indonesian studies. “Indonesia is a key area of interest for Murdoch. Our Asia Research Centre is an international leader in the study of East and South East Asia and is engaged in a number of research projects focused on Indonesia.
“Our Chair of South East Asian Studies, Professor David T Hill, is also Consortium Director and Founder of ACICIS, the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies, which develops and coordinates study programs at Indonesian partner universities for Australian university students.
“In addition, Professor Hill is on the Board of the Australia Indonesia Institute and was the driving force behind this year’s highly-successful National Colloquium on the Future of Indonesian in Australian Universities.
“We are therefore delighted to offer this honorary position to Mr Joelianto, who has been a strong supporter of our activities in this area. It is our hope that this appointment will further strengthen the links between Murdoch University and Indonesia.”