RMIT students have flown to Indonesia to study and undertake work placements in their fields, after receiving grants of up to $5000 through landmark government scholarship schemes.
Fifteen RMIT students have been awarded grants to study on an Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) program in Jakarta, as part of the Government's New Colombo Plan and AsiaBound Grants funding programs.
The scholarship schemes are designed to foster knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.
The students travelling to Indonesia are from a diverse range of programs including the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), theBachelor of Communication (Journalism) and the Master of International Development.
Rongyu Li, Executive Director of RMIT's International Portfolio, said the programs would boost ties between RMIT and Indonesia.
"As a global university of technology and design, RMIT is committed to providing students with the learning, teaching, research and training to excel in an open world economy," he said.
"It's a great achievement that RMIT is sending more students to Indonesia on the ACICIS program than any other Australian university.
"Engagement with Indonesia is invaluable not only to RMIT but also to Australia more generally.
"This program will enhance the employability of these students and our connections with the Indo-Pacific region."
RMIT has a strong presence in Indonesia through teaching, research and industry links.
Last year, the first students to study through the University's partnership with Universitas Pelita Harapan celebrated their graduation at a ceremony attended by Deputy Vice-Chancellor International and Vice-President, Professor Andrew MacIntyre.
Professor MacIntyre praised the recipients of the prestigious grants.
"These are both highly competitive government scholarship programs, providing funding for students to study and gain career-related experience in Asia," he said.
"We are extremely proud of the large number of students who have been able to benefit from RMIT's successful bid for funding specific to Indonesia.
"Indonesia is a country of strategic significance for RMIT and Australia."
Students will use their funding to participate in the ACICIS Professional Practicum Program, a national educational consortium established to break down barriers to obtaining credited study at Indonesian universities.
The first two weeks of the program will include a period of study at Jakarta's Atma Jaya Catholic University, followed by four weeks of professional placement at an Indonesian company relevant to their field.
To celebrate the students' success, the Education Abroad Office organised a pre-departure event featuring two guest speakers who shared their experiences working and researching in Indonesia.
Social media updates posted during the event were shared by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australia-Indonesia Business Council.