Strengthening regional interdisciplinary expertise on sustainable development and climate change
The Collaborative Australia-Indonesia Program was launched to realise Griffith University’s commitment in engaging with Indonesia through a strategic and mutually beneficial way. The bilateral Program brings together expertise and coordinates opportunities across the two nations with the focus on sustainable development and climate change.
The Program will facilitate high level (track 1.5) bilateral dialogues, multidisciplinary research collaborations, higher degree research support and student mobility opportunities. The Program puts emphasis on contributing to sustainable development in Indonesia and enhanced knowledge and capacity in responding to the challenges of climate change.
“For Griffith, this initiative is emblematic of deeper traditions. Promoting an environmentally sustainable society sits at the core of who we are, alongside our enduring commitment to advancing Australia’s engagement with our neighborhood. It is an exciting opportunity for us to work across disciplines, and we are pleased to collaborate with our Indonesian friends and colleagues to bring our commitments to life.”
Professor Ian O'Connor, Former Vice Chancellor, Griffith University 2018
Outcomes from the Program will include:
- Strengthened regional interdisciplinary research expertise and networks on sustainable development and climate change;
- An increased number of Griffith University students from a range of disciplines undertaking mobility opportunities in Indonesia in the foundational themes of sustainable development and climate change, and vice versa; and
- Contribution to regional policy deliberations, with a particular focus on advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
News and events
Witoelar Dialogue responds to climate change
Griffith Asia Institute’s inaugural ‘Witoelar Dialogue’ themed Deepening Regional Cooperation on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, was held on Thursday 7 March 2019 at South Bank, Brisbane.
COP 24 - Katowice
On 10 December 2018 Prof Brendan Mackey discussed climate change negotiations at the COP24 in Katowice, Poland with ABC PM on their segment titled - "Largest ever group of investors call for more action to meet Paris climate targets".
Jakarta launch and MoU signing
The CAISDCC was launched in Jakarta on 2-3 November. This two-day event included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the Collaborative Australia-Indonesia program between Griffith University and Universitas Indonesia, followed by academic discussions in the area of sustainable development and climate change.
Griffith University Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian O’Connor officially launched the program alongside the Indonesian President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, The Honourable Rachmat Witoelar at Griffith University’s Nathan Campus on 11th June 2018.
The first dialogue themed: “Deepening Regional Cooperation on Sustainability and Climate Change - An Agenda for the Future” is proposed to take place in Brisbane on Thursday 7- Friday 8 March 2019 with the support of the Australia Indonesia Institute.