One of Australia’s nearest neighbours will be even closer to our shores, thanks to the launch of a new youth association by ANU students.
The Australia Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) will strengthen links between Australia and Indonesia as well as increase professional engagement among young people from both countries.
The brainchild of four alumni of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, AIYA promotes professional opportunities in Indonesia to Australian students and graduates with the organisation’s first Australian chapter opening at ANU this week.
Asia Pacific studies student and chapter co-founder Jessica Laughlin said that she was inspired to help set up and run the chapter after spending a year in Indonesia as part of her undergraduate studies.
“AIYA is such an exciting organisation because it helps connect students and graduates with fantastic work and internship opportunities in Indonesia. Next to hopping on a plane, AIYA provides Australian students and graduates with the best way to stay connected with Indonesia,” she said.
“The centrepiece of AIYA will be a website which provides students and graduates with information about work opportunities, tips on where and how to network in Indonesia, and career advice from people who have forged careers that focus on Indonesia.
“AIYA will also hold a series of events that allow Australian and Indonesian students and graduates meet one another.”
AIYA is made up of a small team in Indonesia and Australia and will open more chapters across Australian universities throughout 2012.
Find out more at the AIYA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AIYANational