Watch or listen: Indonesia’s international education potential

International education is Australia’s largest services export, valued at $35.2 billion, and its vulnerabilities have been exposed in its reliance on bringing students onshore.


Some institutions and businesses have seen an opportunity and patiently created a presence offshore, including in Indonesia. So how can Indonesia be part of the sector’s recovery? What are the key challenges faced in capturing opportunities in the country? Will the impact of COVID19 force a re-think in a sector that has been struggling with market diversity?  How can Australia’s education providers successfully navigate those challenges?

Our expert panel of education leaders explored these questions from the lens of three key areas – higher education, vocational education and training, and education technology.

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Our panel of expert guests

Rongyu Li, Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Engagement) @ UQ

Rongyu Li leads the University of Queensland’s engagement and focuses on expanding the quality and scale of domestic and international engagement with students, government, industry, alumni and Aboriginal & Torres-Strait Islander communities. He has served in similar roles at universities including the University of Canberra, RMIT University, Deakin University, and the University of South Australia.

Janelle Chapman, Executive Director @ TAFE Queensland

Janelle Chapman has served as Executive Director of TAFE Queensland for nearly five years, previously acting at Director of TAFE Queensland International before that. With over 25 years of experience in vocational education and training (VET), Janelle leads all international business activities for TAFE Queensland, the largest VET provider in the state. She previously served as the Vice President of the International Education Association of Australia.

Adam Brimo, Chief Executive Officer @ Open Learning

Adam Brimo co-founded social learning platform Open Learning in 2012, offering open online courses (MOOCs) to over one million students across Australia and Malaysia. Named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 Asia in the Consumer Technology category in 2017, Adam holds Bachelor of Engineering (Software) and a Bachelor Arts (Politics) degrees from  the University of New South Wales.

Moderator: Helen Brown, Head of Communications and Outreach @ The Australia-Indonesia Centre

Helen Brown is a former journalist and ABC Indonesia correspondent. Prior to her role as Head of Communications and Outreach, Helen served as Digital Economy Fellow at The Australia-Indonesia Centre.

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