Consul AOS hosts a luncheon for the "architects" of Indonesia and Australia's future development
With more than 13,000 international students from Indonesia who are currently studying in education institutions throughout states and territories in Australia, they have tremendously contributed to a remarkable cooperation between Australia and Indonesia. In 2015, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia reported that there are 13,726 Indonesian Students that significantly sums up to over 600,000 international students in Australia. Many of those students are not only spending their times in Australian Universities to study and complete the courses but also to actively engaging with the local communities and acting as young leaders.
After the completion of the respected conference of Council of International Students Association (CISA) in Darwin from 5 – 8 July 2016, Consul Andre Omer Siregar kindly extended invitations to the Indonesian student's representatives to join him in his residence to have Indonesian meals (09/07). Among many Indonesian Students leaders, Consul AOS warmly welcomed Ms Nina current President of CISA 2016 and 2017, Mr Rangga current President of Australian-Indonesian Youth Association NT Chapter and former of Indonesian-Australian Students Association of the Northern Territory (PPIA-NT), Ms Enggar – Charles Darwin University Students Ambassador, Ms Kannya and Ms Ezy Secondary School Students and Indonesian Cultural Promoter and Mr Musa, PhD Candidate students and Mr Jhon from Multicultural Youth Northern Territory (MyNT).
"I would like to express my appreciation to your hard work and your achievements. We had young leader's forum last year where we exchanged ideas with our speakers from Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Indonesia to enhance the Australia and Indonesia relations. We had a conference about Understanding Indonesia organised by the Charles Darwin University where there were many speakers from states and territories in Australia and today we are very honoured to welcome all young leaders especially Ms Nina - the President of CISA who is visiting Darwin". Consul AOS said.
Consul AOS also encouraged these young guests to be active in their roles and to assist with developing future cooperation between the two nations. "How do we (the Indonesian Government) work closely with you? So when Indonesia approaches 2045 and Australia approaches 2035 in their developments, may the youth and PPIA and IAYA can be one of the architects to ensure that we don't miss that opportunity." He stated. Consul AOS also call out for the young leaders to engage more with the Australian wider community as the answer to the question of how the Indonesian Students can part of it.
Nina who is currently studying in Monash University has been involving with communities and assisting with issues within the framework of the international students. However, she is not only liaising with the international students from Indonesia but also other countries through CISA. "CISA is the representative, peak a body of the International Students in Australia in undergraduate. We are an advocacy students based organisation that promotes the interest and welfare of the International students in Australia" She said. She also mentioned that this is the first time CISA's conference is being held in Darwin and it has a unique agenda. "One of the main agendas of CISA Conference this year is the hopes to spend and touch the only state that has not representative which is the NT. We want to show that CISA is not only for the students in the Eastern Regions but also the Northern Territory Regional Areas and we want to face the future, the challenges of the International Education Sectors as community together as one", she added.
Consul AOS also used this opportunity to congratulate Enggar on her profound achievement of being awarded as the International Student of the Year 2016 for undergraduate category and presented her with a trophy as a token of an appreciation. For Enggar the award is regarded as a promise. "To me this award is like a promise that I will do better, that I promise myself to do the best ability that I can to assist and help the international students not only in Darwin but also other places in Australia", She said.
Enggar also mention one of the keys to her success is to believe in herself and always dream big. "If your dreams don't scare you, they are not big enough" She is proudly stated.
The luncheon was followed by sharing experiences and ideas about studying in Australia. It concluded with an Indonesia meal of Nasi Goreng and mixed with delicious Max Brenner Chocolate Shake. (JM)