What Australia can learn from electric vehicle policies in Indonesia

Jakarta is the world’s tenth most congested city. It’s so congested you might not even notice when half the cars are missing. Today it’s the odds; car license plates – all ending in ones, threes, sixes and nines – are shuttered inside garages or parked on streets. Tomorrow, the same will be true of the even-numbered plates.

In the defining year of his presidency, Joko Widodo faces an incredibly difficult challenge

Like many world leaders, Indonesian President Joko Widodo is hoping that 2021 will be a bounce-back year after a terrible 2020. This week he is scheduled to become the first Indonesian vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, kicking off an ambitious plan to vaccinate more than 180 million people in just 15 months.

Can virtual tourism save local businesses in tourist destinations?

Imagine you can visit the beautiful tropical island of Lombok in eastern Indonesia from the comfort of your couch through your laptop Read more

Jokowi taps Christian former adjutant as police chief

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has made what analysts have described as a bold move in nominating a Christian police chief to replace outgoing chief Gen. Idham Azis amid a recent surge of sectarianism in the country.

Whale shark stranding points to silting of Indonesia’s Kendari Bay

On the second day of 2021, a whale shark drifted into Kendari Bay, in eastern Indonesia, and became trapped when the tide quickly turned.

World’s oldest known cave painting found in Indonesia

Archaeologists have discovered the world’s oldest known cave painting: a life-sized picture of a wild pig that was made at least 45,500 years ago in Indonesia.

Indonesia is preparing to vaccinate up to 180 million people against COVID-19 in 15 months

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has received the first dose of a Chinese-made vaccine as part of the launch of the country’s ambitious Read more

We found the oldest known cave painting of animals in a secret Indonesian valley

The dating of an exceptionally old cave painting of animals that was found recently on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi is reported in our paper out today.

Could a breathalyser help detect COVID-19? Indonesian scientists say they’ve developed one

The breathalyser was developed by scientists at Gadjah Mada University in Jogjakarta, in central Java, where three hospitals are already using it to screen patients for COVID-19.

New global ranking system shows Australian universities are ahead of the pack

Whether it’s purchasing power parity or the Happiness Index, global comparisons require benchmarking. Sport does this well with World Cups and the Olympics, or better still the single ranking familiar to tennis and golf aficionados.

The value of learning languages, as university arts degree fees increase sharply

It’s surprising how many people in positions of power and influence, who often denounce the value of humanities and social science (HASS) subjects, have themselves an arts background – anecdotally, history seems a particularly productive major.

School opening decisions must involve epidemiologists

UGM epidemiologist, Bayu Satria Wiratama, revealed that the decision to start face-to-face learning needs to involve a number of parties, including the Education Office, the Health Office, and also epidemiologists.

Monash becomes the first overseas university to establish a physical campus in Indonesia

Monash University’s Indonesia campus is an official legal entity in Indonesia and has been granted a licence to operate by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, a significant milestone in establishing the country’s first-ever international, foreign-owned university.

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