ANU Indonesia Project co-organised a visit by ANU Vice-Chancellor and the Dean of ANU College of Asia and the Pacific to Indonesia

ANU Indonesia Project is proud to co-organise ANU Vice-Chancellor and Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt visit and public lectures in Indonesia.

The ANU Indonesia Project is proud to co-organise ANU Vice-Chancellor and Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt’s visit and public lectures in Indonesia.

 

On Monday, 29 May 2017, the ANU Indonesia Project facilitated a meeting between ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt and Dean of ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) Professor Michael Wesley, and the Rector, Vice-Rectors, Deans and some faculty members of the University of Indonesia (UI); a public lecture by the Vice-Chancellor (VC) at UI and a public lecture by the VC and the Dean of CAP at the Pullman Hotel – Thamrin. Budy Resosudarmo (ANU Indonesia Project) also attended the meeting at UI.

 

Indonesian former Vice President, Professor Boediono, with ANU Indonesia Project and Dean of College of Asia and the Pacific

Indonesian former Vice President, Professor Boediono, is having conversation with the Dean of ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, Professor Michael Wesley, and with Associate Professor Budy Resosudarmo from the ANU Indonesia Project during the Public Lecture in Jakarta.

 

The ANU visitors received a warm welcome from UI Rector Muhammad Anis, Vice Rectors Professor Bambang Wibawarta and Dr Hamid Chalid, and Deans and faculty members of various faculties attending the meeting.  They are looking forward to various possibilities for collaboration.  Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Ari Kuncoro mentioned the vital role the ANU Indonesia Project has played in shaping research activities at the University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB UI). He strongly encouraged the ANU to maintain the strength of the Indonesia Project.  The high level meeting between key representatives at both universities was a good opportunity to showcase the worth of ANU research on Indonesia and how much these activities are appreciated.

 

ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt and the University of Indonesia Rector Muhammad Anis signing agreement, photo by ANU Indonesia Project

ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt and University of Indonesia Rector Muhammad Anis signing the agreement of cooperation.

 

Dean of CAP Michael Wesley and Kate McLinton from the ANU Indonesia Project also met with Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Science (FISIP) Arie Setiabudi Soesilo and  Chair of the Department of International Relations Evi Fitriani  who is also an ANU alumni. During the meeting the two Deans discussed their colleges/faculties and the potential for future collaboration. Kate McLinton had the chance to talk about the ANU Indonesia Project and opportunities for FISIP to engage with Project activities. They expressed strong interest in the Forum Kajian Pembangunan (FKP) series and in the Indonesia Updates.

 

ANU Indonesia Project met with

Dean of ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Professor Michael Wesley and ANU Indonesia Project represented by Ms Kate McLinton met with Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia Arie Setiabudi Soesilo and Chair of the Department of International Relations Evi Fitriani.

 

Following the meeting with the UI Rector, Vice-Rectors and Deans, the VC conducted a public lecture entitled ‘The Accelerating Universe.’ The public lecture was well attended, with the audience including about 100 students. The VC’s enlightening and lively presentation focused on how the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. He covered the Big Bang theory, the beginning of our universe and its expected end. Some of the students’ questions were very interesting.  One question concerned linking science and religion in relation to the story of this universe.

 

ANU Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt and Budy Resosudarmo from ANU Indonesia Project together with officials from the University of Indonesia after the Public Lecture at the University of Indonesia

ANU Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt and Budy Resosudarmo from the ANU Indonesia Project together with officials from the University of Indonesia (UI) after the Public Lecture at UI.

 

Media representatives attended the lecture, including Warta Ekonomi (click here for the article), UI media (click here), and Net TV.

Indonesian former Vice President Boediono during ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt Public Lecture in Jakarta.

Indonesian former Vice President Boediono during ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt’s Public Lecture in Jakarta.

 

In the afternoon of the same day, the VC and Dean of CAP delivered two very stimulating lectures at the Pullman Hotel in Jakarta, which were organised by ANU in collaboration with the ANU Indonesia Project. Brian talked about evidence and expertise in a post-truth world, stressing that we cannot solve the world’s pressing problems without a renewed respect for evidence and expertise.

 

A large number of participants during the public lecture in Jakarta.

A large number of participants during the public lecture in Jakarta. A similarly large audience also attended the lecture at the University of Indonesia.

Dean of ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Michael Wesley, giving a public lecture on the current state of globalisation.

Dean of ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Michael Wesley, giving a public lecture on the current state of globalisation.

 

Michael Wesley’s presentation on whether or not globalisation is dying was absorbing.  He examined the current backlash against globalisation, and how we can respond. He also explored the history of globalisation, dividing it into three periods: the first period from the 1800s up to 1914, the second from 1950 to 1990 and the third from 1990 to the present.

Approximately 100 people attended, including Professor Boediono of Universitas Gadjah Mada (and Indonesia’s Vice President 2009-2014), many senior scientists and members of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI), the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), other academics and some private sector managers, many of whom were recipients of graduate scholarships to Australia. Several faculty members of the Department of Astronomy of Bandung Institute of Technology (Institut Teknologi Bandung or ITB) travelled from Bandung specifically to attend the lecture.

 

VC with Professor Taufik Hidayat (right) and Dr. Premana Premadi (center) of Dept of Astronomy ITB-2

ANU Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt with Professor Taufik Hidayat (right) and Dr Premana Premadi (centre) from the Department of Astronomy, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), who travelled from Bandung to Jakarta to attend the lecture.

 

Many interesting questions were posed to Brian and Michael.  At the end of the public lecture, Professor Boediono delivered his remarks and said that globalisation is the fate of humanity. However, at times the rapid development of globalisation overshoots humanity’s ability to accept changes. He agreed that better collaboration at a global level is needed to anticipate disruptions, but better governance at the national level is crucial as well.

The Kompas daily newspaper article on the afternoon lecture is available through this link (subscription only).