Scholarships and Connections: Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, 1960-2010

Lowe, David, Ritchie, Jonathan and Purdey, Jemma 2015, Scholarships and Connections: Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, 1960-2010 [data collection], doi: 10.4225/16/5570544408325.

Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio Economic Objective 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Type of research activity Pure basic research
Name of data collection Scholarships and Connections: Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, 1960-2010
Creator(s) Lowe, DavidORCID iD for Lowe, David
Ritchie, JonathanORCID iD for Ritchie, Jonathan
Purdey, Jemma
Contributor(s) David LoweORCID iD for David Lowe
Date completed 2015-05-28
ANDS collection type collection
Collection start date 2013-05-01
Collection end date 2015-06-30
Description of resource 130 audio recordings (MP3); 130 transcripts/timed summary documents; 80-100 photos (jpeg); 35 videos.
Keyword(s) Scholarships
Regional engagement
Australian Awards
Colombo Plan
Papua New Guinea
Geographic area (subject) Indonesia
Papua New Guinea
Language eng
Summary For over fifty years Australia has welcomed students from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea to study at our tertiary institutions on government scholarships. An important premise behind the scholarship program has been the hope that the connections with Australia developed by these students will be long-lasting and mutually beneficial to Australia and partner governments. The research project ‘Scholarships and Connections’ investigates the life stories and experiences of students from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea who were sponsored for Australian-based tertiary study from 1950s-2010. By recording the personal experiences of scholarship recipients and investigating their networks of influence, this research deepens our understanding of scholarship programs and whether or not they produce outcomes that are consistent with the objective of building mutually beneficial linkages between Australia and partner countries. It examines whether the outcomes are enduring or change over time. The project is especially interested in the experiences of former scholarship-holders in positions of leadership and any networks and ongoing connections they have with Australia. This research provides a better understanding of the personal and professional networks of scholarship alumni, and encourages the sharing of experiences. The interviews will be permanently retained in appropriate repositories and drawn on for use in biographies, radio and television programs, internet applications and educational curricula for schools and leadership programs. This research promotes the values of historical research and scholarship among Indonesians and Papua New Guineans and points to the value of oral testimony from past and recent generations of mobile students for current generations facing important challenges and choices.
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Contact details (physical) Purdey, Jemma
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DOI 10.4225/16/5570544408325
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Related URL description Scholarships and Connections: Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, Working Paper Series No 46, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University, Geelong, 2014
Jemma Purdey, 'Investing in good will: Australia’s scholarships programs for Indonesian tertiary students, 1950s–2010', in Antje Missbach and Jemma Purdey (eds.), Linking people: Connections and encounters between Australians and Indonesians', Regiospectra, Berlin, 2015, 111-132.
Scholarships and Connections: Australia, Indonesia and PNG

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