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Reviving Indonesian studies in Australia

posted Feb 4, 2013, 8:31 PM by Unknown user
Currently, only 15 universities in Australia offer (autonomous) Indonesian language as a major subject. 

This year it might have been 15 minus one. In 2012, Indonesian language was slated to be cut by the start of 2013 at La Trobe University in Melbourne. 

On a national level, the policy focus has turned to Asia. In Australia, Asia has been in the headlines. Indonesia has the largest economy in Southeast Asia and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected continued growth. 

Moreover, Australia relies on the bilateral relationship with Indonesia for national, regional and human security.

Thus, Australia is beginning to recognize the importance of being able to communicate and conduct business with its Indonesian counterparts through cross-cultural understanding.