Young Professionals Aim to Strengthen Australia-Indonesia Bond

By webadmin on 07:58 am Apr 28, 2012
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Mustika Hapsoro

The Australia-Indonesia Youth Association will be holding their second Australian-Indonesian Young Professionals night following the success of their inaugural networking event last January. At the opening event, a mix of 80 some Indonesians and Australians — from entrepreneurs, defense consultants and public relations gurus — gathered for a night of social and business networking. 

The second event will be held on May 1 at the Poste Kitchen and Bar in Mega Kuningan, Central Jakarta, starting at 6.30 p.m.

The AIYA is a youth-led organization that connects young Australians and Indonesians to each other. Its objectives are to assist students and alumni of Australian universities to access internship or work opportunities in Indonesia; create a central information source for Indonesian education, extracurricular and career information; provide a voice for young Australians on the Australia-Indonesia relationship; increase the demand for Indonesia-literate graduates; and accommodate young Australians to develop networks with each other and with professionals in their fields who are working in Indonesia.   

With more than 15,000 Indonesian students enrolled in Australian educational institutions, the land Down Under is one of the most sought-after destinations for Indonesians to pursue education, which means a significant contribution to the Australian economy. Australia in turn is committed to a long term development partnership with Indonesia assisting in a wide range of technical and economic support to the country.

“Like any neighbors, the Indonesia-Australia relationship has its ups and downs. But in the end, it’s the many personal connections developed between regular Australians and Indonesians that bridge the gap and continue to drive the relationship forward,” Karina Akib, director of AIYA, said.

Erin McMahon, a member of the AIYP added, “AIYA is targeting both young professionals from Australia who are either working or studying in Indonesia, and young Indonesians who have experience studying or working in Australia.”

“However, anyone with an interest in the Indonesia-Australia relationship is invited to come along to the AIYP events and join the AIYA network,” she said.

“AIYA hopes the events will lead to more collaboration between young Indonesians and Australians, and stronger and more positive people-to-people and business relationships between the two countries,” continued McMahon. 

“I got to know more people, which is good for networking” said Yoseph Yandra, Australian alumni from the Charles Sturt University and a participant of last January’s mixer. 

“I noticed that the host [AIYA members] blended among the guests, which ensured that everyone was welcome,” said Yoseph. “Attending the event exceeded my expectations. AIYA has done well in getting people involved — even now, they took the initiative to stay in contact with me.”

Participants can also enjoy a live musical performance at the mixer. The night will feature a special acoustic performance by Sashi and Yuyi, with Sashi Gandarum from local band Drew.

In the future, AIYA plans to hold the Young Professionals networking events approximately every three months. It is also looking at holding industry-themed gatherings and other interesting events, such as film screenings.

Entry of Rp 150,000 ($16.60) including free flow beer, soft drinks and canape