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Introducing the ACICIS team
ACICIS Consortium Director
The Consortium Director is responsible for the overall management of ACICIS, chairing the National Reference Group which determines ACICIS policy.
The Consortium Director and Founder of ACICIS is Professor David T Hill. Prof Hill is in the Asian Studies Program at Murdoch University in Perth, where he is a Fellow of the Asia Research Centre for Social, Political and Economic Change. His research interests are in Indonesian media, literature, biography, and cultural politics, and he is a NAATI-accredited professional English-Indonesian interpreter and translator. In 2009 Professor Hill was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council to develop a national strategic plan for the advancement of Indonesian language in Australian universities.
In early 2011 Prof Hill was appointed to the board of the Australia Indonesia Institute.
ACICIS Resident Director
A vital part of the support that ACICIS provides to students in-country is the full-time ACICIS Resident Director. The RD oversees the provision of academic and pastoral advice to students, liaises with Indonesian authorities and universities, and generally makes sure that ACICIS programs run smoothly. The current Resident Director is Dr Phil King, who lives in Yogyakarta in the staff housing compound of Gadjah Mada University.
Dr King is a former ACICIS student who completed one year of in-country study in 1998-1999, when he conducted fieldwork for his honours thesis on the role of political security organisations in the 1998 parliamentary elections. After studying Thai language at Prince of Songkhla University in Pattani, southern Thailand, he completed his PhD at the University of Wollongong examining the history of regional development initiatives in the northern Straits region, focusing on the Thailand-Malaysia borderlands in particular. Prior to taking up the appointment as ACICIS Resident Director in 2005, he balanced field research in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand with teaching commitments in the University of Wollongong's Department of History and Politics and the Department of Asian Studies at Sydney University. Phil, a keen surfer, is thoroughly enjoying his return to Yogya as Resident Director, spending the weekends getting hopelessly lost along the beautiful southern Java coastline. He can be contacted by email at email@example.com - for general information, please contact the ACICIS secretariat first.
ACICIS JPP Project Officer
The JPP Project Officer for 2013 is Rebecca Henschke.
Rebecca Henschke is the Editor-in-chief of Asia Calling an award winning regional current affairs radio and television program from Indonesia's largest news network KBR68H and television station Tempo TV. During her six years in that position she has travelled across Asia reporting and training local journalists. She also works as a correspondent for SBS Radio Australia, Public Radio International, Deutsche Welle and the BBC World service. Rebecca has won the Indonesian Alliance of Independent Journalist best radio award twice for an investigative series on the impact of the Palm Oil industry in Kalimantan and for her reporting on religious tolerance issues.
ACICIS DSPP Project Officer
Dr Emily Rowe is an ACICIS alumnus who completed an immersion semester in 1998, studying archaeology. Since 2001 Dr Rowe has been living and working in Indonesia, including a large period of time in Yogyakarta which was the focus for her PhD in Health Anthropology on HIV/AIDS and its meaning and impact for urban Javanese women. During this time she also worked in the public health field, specializing in HIV-AIDS education, prevention and research for government agencies and international donor bodies (such as UNAIDS, AusAID, Global Fund among others). Emily moved to Bali in 2008 where until now she works as Program Manager for the leading HIV-AIDS female sex worker organization in Indonesia. Her fields of expertise include HIV-AIDS prevention programming, youth reproductive health, gender and sexuality, LGBTQ concerns, harm reduction, preventative health, Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and module development. Aside from her work in Bali, she is also a contracted consultant with Caritas Germany, assisting HIV-AIDS and gender based violence prevention work in Banda Aceh, Medan, Central Java and Flores. She also has an active interest in animal rights and protection as well as theatre and music movements in the archipelago.
ACICIS Study Tour Coordinator
Associate Professor David Reeve is the ACICIS Study Tour Coordinator.
He has been visiting Indonesia for 38 years, as a diplomat, researcher, historian, visiting lecturer, beach comber and project manager. He has lived in Indonesia for eleven years, and worked at four Indonesian universities. He was a founding lecturer in the Australian Studies program at Universitas Indonesia in the 1980s. He had a three-year stretch at Universitas Gadjah Mada and Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang in the 1990s, as resident director for the ACICIS program. He has written on Indonesian politics, Indonesian language, and Australian-Indonesian relations. David retired from his position at UNSW in July 2006.
Prof Reeve has great experience in the development of Indonesian language tertiary teaching materials and curriculum design, and LOTE teacher education requirements. His experience includes head of the materials development section of the Teaching Indonesian as a Foreign Language TIFL project 1992-1994, the’ CAUT Independent Listening materials project for Indonesian, 1994-1995; the DEET ILOTES dissemination of TIFL project materials project in 1995, the Nalsas Indonesian videos project 1996-1998, teacher training for the NSW LOTE teachers at UTS in the 1990s, and training for NSW community schools teachers in the mid-1990s.
ACICIS International Relations Project Officer
Professor Colin Brown is the Project Officer for the International Relations Program. This semester-long program, taught in English, is offered in collaboration with Parahyangan University in Bandung, the capital of West Java province.
Colin has worked at a number of Australian and Indonesian universities, most recently Curtin University of Technology in Perth, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Media, Society and Culture. His research and teaching interests are focused on modern Indonesian history and politics. His most recent publications have examined the growing relationship between Indonesia and Russia in the defence field, and the role of sport in Indonesian social history. He is a NAATI accredited Professional level translator and interpreter between the Indonesian and English languages.
Based in the Department of International Relations at Parahyangan, Colin may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific inquiries about the International Relations Program. General inquiries about ACICIS should be directed to the Secretariat in Perth.
ACICIS Secretariat Manager
The ACICIS Secretariat is located at Murdoch University in Western Australia and is staffed on a full-time basis, overseen by Consortium Director, Professor David Hill.
The Secretariat's Administrative Manager is currently David Armstrong. David completed a year with ACICIS at UGM in 2002 and another year at Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang in 2006. While in Malang David did his second semester field research on tourist visitor levels at archaelogical sites in East Java. David has significant project management experience in the telecommunicatons and multimedia industries. He takes photos of Indonesian signs and symbols.
David was awarded the 2011 Murdoch University Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence (Support Services).
If you are interested in applying for any of the ACICIS programs, please contact David at email@example.com and he will be happy to help.
ACICIS Secretariat Officer
Liam Prince recently joined the ACICIS team as Secretariat Officer in Perth. Since 2011 Liam has been looking after the administration of ACICIS’ semester programs. Prior to taking up the role within the Secretariat, Liam was working closely with ACICIS Consortium Director, Professor David Hill, on an ALTC National Teaching Fellowship focused on developing a national plan for the future of Indonesian language studies in Australian universities. Liam completed a double degree in Arts and Economics at the University of Western Australia, majoring in International Business Economics and Indonesian. He recently completed an Honours dissertation on “Contemporary Manifestations of Javanese Wayang Mythology in Contemporary Indonesian Popular Culture”. Liam spent a semester in Yogyakarta with ACICIS in 2000 and has ever after been scheming at ways various and novel to get himself back to Indonesia.
ACICIS Yogyakarta Office Manager
Sinta Sulistianingsih Padmi is the ACICIS Office Manager in Yogyakarta. Previous to working with ACICIS, Sinta studied at the English Department of Gadjah Mada University's Faculty of Cultural Sciences. She completed her undergraduate degree in August 2007 with a major in English literature. Sinta began her involvement with ACICIS in 2004 working as a tutor at Gadjah Mada's Indonesian Language and Culture Learning Services (INCULS). She involved herself further with ACICIS in 2006 and again in 2007, volunteering as student guide or "pendamping" for recently arrived ACICIS students. In November 2007, Sinta started working full-time for ACICIS as the Yogya office's Program Assistant. Sinta visted Australia in October 2009, spending several weeks working at the ACICIS Secretariat in Perth. During her stay in Australia, Sinta had the opportunity to visit and speak to students at several different universities including Murdoch University, The University of Western Australia, The Australian National University and The University of Sydney. Sinta now oversees the day-to-day operations of ACICIS' Yogya office. Read Sinta's story and watch her video.
ACICIS Tours Program Officer
Dimas Rezki Adiputra finished his study last year (October 2010), majoring in International Relations in the International Program Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Universitas Muhammadiyah, Yogyakarta. In 2007, he was selected as a Country’s Youth Representative for the International Youth Exchange in the 34th Ship for South East Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP). Dimas attended the International Youth Summit in Japan and travelled around Southeast Asia on the Nippon Maru cruise along with 250 youths from ASEAN and Japan. He first became involved with ACICIS as the ‘first’ ACICIS Yogya Office Intern in 2010. Dimas has a passion for Ballroom dancing; he has won some International and National competitions and has also been awarded by the World Dance Council (London, England), a Bronze and Silver Level "Dancer of Latin American Branch". Dimas has been living in Jogja for seven years. He loves Jogja even more than his home city in central Kalimantan. Dimas likes to eat, there are only two words in his culinary dictionary “Delicious” and “Very Delicious”, and he cannot eat without chili: "I’d rather not eat if there are no chilis".
ACICIS Tours Program Assistant
Gilang Ahmad Fauzi was appointed as an ACICIS Program Assisstant in Yogyakarta in Febuary 2012. He graduated in 2009 from LIA College of Foreign Languages (STBA LIA) majoring in English teaching. His educational background gave him the opportunity to work at an English language school in Jogjakarta. He worked as a full-time English teacher before he was promoted to be a branch manager. He was also the coordinator for the SBI Program (International Standardised School) in one of the best high schools in Indonesia. In 2007, He joined ICYEP (Indonesia-Canada Youth Exchange Program) held by the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Indonesia. During the program he was stage manager, art director as well as the coordinator for Educational group that takes care of the long-term educational program in a small village. He is crazy about riding his bike, and is also good at playing drums.
ACICIS Yogyakarta Program Assistant
Aryasatyani Dhyani, usually called 'Aya' started to work as an ACICIS program assistant in January 2012. She graduated from the Communication Department, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada, specializing in Media, Journalism, and Intercultural Communication. She was a tutor in the INCULS (Indonesian Language and Culture Learning Services) when she was a student at UGM. Her first ACICIS experience was as a Pendamping ACICIS since 2010. Aya really enjoys dancing, and she specializes in traditional and contemporary Javanese dance. She has performed in many events, including a regular performance of classical Javanese dance at Bangsal Sri Manganti Kraton Yogyakarta, the Sultan's Palace. She was also appointed as an Indonesian Culture Ambassador for the ASEAN Youth Cultural Forum and was granted a UNESCO Scholarship for heritage conservation training in Suzhou, China.
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