National award for Indonesian education

December 2, 2014

Professor David Hill has earned acclaim for his work with Indonesian language studies in Australia.

Professor Hill has received the inaugural Australia Indonesia Award in the Education Category for developing the Australian Consortium of In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). ACICIS is an international consortium of 23 universities, hosted by Murdoch.

Since 1995 more than 1800 students have undertaken programs with ACICIS, which offers a range of high quality study options in Indonesia for Australian university students.

“It was a real honour to receive this national award from the Australia Indonesia Association, particularly since the AIA is as old as Indonesia itself, having been established in 1945 to support Indonesia’s declaration of independence that year.”

Next year marks the largest ever group of students taking up study opportunities with ACICIS, with 76 students from 21 universities enrolling in first semester courses. A further 74 students will be doing ACICIS’ summer professional practica in Jakarta.

“I am delighted that these awards also acknowledged the efforts of my colleagues Elena Williams, Liam Prince and Rebecca Henschke, who were also nominated and are centrally involved in the successful running of ACICIS,” Professor Hill said.

The award was announced in Sydney by Mr Eric de Haas, President of the Australian Indonesia Association on November 29.

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