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, Vice Chancellor, Griffith University 2018


Over the next three years, this joint Program aims to further develop and enhance Griffith’s engagement and institutional relationships in Indonesia whilst contributing to positive Australia-Indonesia bilateral co-operation.

Through the development of partnerships and collaborations with Indonesian institutions, the Program further aims to provide solutions to the challenges of sustainable development and climate change.


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

MoU signing

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.


Program launch

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.

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news-dialogue Feb19

2019 Dialogue

The first dialogue themed: “Deepening Regional Cooperation on Sustainability and Climate Change - An Agenda for the Future” is proposed to take place in Brisbane in February 2019 with the support of the Australia Indonesia Institute.

Program partners

Want to know more

Contact the Griffith Asia Institute