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29 Sep 2017

Industry Meets Private Sector Australia Awards - Indonesia (AAI) Students

L-R Michael Fay (AIBC NSW Chair), Sally Dickson (Coca-Cola Amatil), Prof Richard Dunford (UNSW), Vica Tendenan (Director DEFINIT and AAI PhD student) and Michael Bracher (On Award Advisor AAI) at the AIBC-AAI networking event Sydney September 2017

Vica Tendenan, an AAI PhD student from Indonesia, spoke at an Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC) networking event specifically for AAI, held at the UNSW City Campus in Sydney on 28 September 2017.  Vica who is the Director of DEFINIT located in Yogyakarta and already a Masters graduate from the University of Sydney, spoke of the importance of AAI alumni using their considerable skills and networks to create their own employment outcome when returning to Indonesia.  In her role at DEFINIT, Vica spoke of the importance of being able to tap into the AAI alumni network which has resulted in three senior managers in DEFINIT being Australia university graduates.  Vica is currently in her first year of her PhD studies at the University of Sydney Business School.

Joining Vica as presenters at the AIBC-AAI networking event were Professor Richard Dunford, Associate Dean, International and External Relations from UNSW and Sally Dickson, Group Head of Organisational Effectiveness from Coca-Cola Amatil. All three speakers emphasised the need for graduates from Australian universities to use their combined s kills acquired through studying and living in Australia in their professional networking and job hunting when they returned to Indonesia.

Vica Tendenan (4th from RHS) with AAI short term and long term awardees at the AIBC-AAI networking event in Sydney September 2017

Also joining the networking event were a number of AAI short course participants attending a ‘Transformation Business Leadership’ two-week course at The University of Sydney.  All of the participants in the short course had graduated from Australian universities, many from AAI (and its predecessor program ADS) and all working in the private sector in Indonesia.  The combination of short course participants (all currently working in Indonesia) and long term awardees (currently studying in Australia but with an eye on employment prospects upon returning to Indonesia) provided for interesting discussions and potentially beneficial networking opportunities.

AAI in conjunction with AIBC plans to roll out further networking events in other states of Australia in 2018.

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