Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.
The Victoria-Indonesia infrastructure partnership is seen as an important first-step to building a long-term partnership with the Indonesian Government on infrastructure delivery.
The University of Melbourne will assist by delivering workshops across a 12 month program in PPP training, skills, development and research. The program is a joint initiative between the University, the Victorian Government and local businesses, to train Indonesian policy makers in PPP delivery.
Pro-Vice Chancellor for the University’s International engagement, Professor Simon Evans, who accompanied the Victorian Premier on this week’s mission to Indonesia, outlined the University's actions in continuing to strengthen engagement with Indonesia.
“This initiative, through our Melbourne School of Engineering, builds on our existing connections and experience in Indonesia in relation to government policy,” he said. “We are also taking this opportunity to create new knowledge and networks through greater interchange and collaborative connections with our University colleagues in Indonesia which can identify solutions relevant for our region.”
University of Melbourne infrastructure engineering expert Associate Professor Colin Duffield will lead the teaching and coordination of the program.
Victorian Government delegates will be invited to contribute and be involved in delivering the program alongside experts from other Universities in Victoria.
Speaking at the Victorian Government Supertrade Mission to South East Asia, Premier Denis Napthine said this program was valuable in developing a long-term partnership with the Indonesian Government.
"Securing this partnership to train Indonesians to work with Government officials is an important first set to building a long-term partnership with the Indonesian Government on infrastructure delivery,” he said.
"This collaboration will lead to real business opportunities for Victorian planning, construction, financing, legal and management business."
The University delivers a range of courses and professional programs in Indonesia. This includes dual degrees in Bachelor of Commerce as well as joint undergraduate and Masters programmes in medical science with Universitas Indonesia and Universitas Gadjah Mada.