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C22 embrace Indonesia study tour

13 June 2016

The 22nd cohort of the Australian Rural Leadership Program saw 25 regional leaders from around Australia travel to Indonesia. Over two weeks, the group explored three main regions – Jakarta, Lampung and Bandung.

The program session’s focus was on relationship building through the lens of leadership development, and a shared cross-cultural experience.

Highlights of the experience included a reception by the Governor of Lampung M. Ridho Ficardo, a networking function organised by Austrade, small group site visits throughout Jakarta and the various modes of transport taken to experience Indonesian infrastructure first hand.

The Foundation is very grateful for the friendship and support of numerous Indonesian professionals, and Australians working in Indonesia. The development and delivery of the program was only possible thanks to local contributions of time and knowledge.

Our sincere thanks to Adikelana Adiwoso, The Australian Embassy, Jakarta, Dr Matthew Durban, John Ackerman, Rahayu Maulandri, Ines Puspita, Nabila Akhyar, Ronny Poulain, Ibu Selvi, Dr Tomy and Sulistyo Dewi and many more individuals. Thanks also to the Katata Farmer Group, the Margamulya coffee cooperative, Posyandu Public Health Centre and Al Ittifaq Islamic Agricultural School.

The course group were given the opportunity to experience and interact with leaders, and leadership examples from a broad range of sectors including rural health, tertiary agricultural education, politics, the cattle industry, plantation agriculture, farmer cooperatives, government, food processing, religion, subsistence urban food production, fish markets, and environmental organisations.

Direct experience of the immense diversity of Indonesia, including its opportunities and challenges gave the leaders of Course 22 a great deal to reflect on.

“All in all it was a terrific experience, and the Indonesia session has been one of the highlights of the whole program for me”, said Sean Boland, General Manager of Auscott Ltd’s Gwydir Valley operations. Sean is sponsored on the ARLP by Cotton Australia Ltd and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation.

The goals of the ARLP overseas study tour are:

  • To encourage further development of capabilities as leaders
  • To gain deeper understanding and reflection of leadership in a different cultural and geopolitical context
  • To increase firsthand experience and understanding of diverse cultures, societies, economies and environments
  • To gain an appreciation of vested interests in complex environments
  • To better challenge what ‘leadership experience’ means in terms of each person’s own context with the support of colleagues
  • To build relationships with leaders within a diverse international context