To What Extent Does International Student Mobility Enhance Employability and Intercultural Intelligence?: Viewpoints of Indonesian And Australian Students Studying Abroad

Mr Alam Ikhlas

Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Despite Indonesia and Australia’s sometimes turbulent political relationship, higher education cooperation between both countries remains relatively stable, largely owing to the Australian Government’s longstanding funding to students through various scholarship schemes over many years. In 2018, the Australian Government offered 300 Australia Awards Scholarships and 500 short-term awards to Indonesian students as part of Australia’s education assistance to Indonesia. Similarly, Indonesia is also considered as one of the New Colombo Plan’s (NCP) most popular destination countries. Recent studies note that Indonesia ranks 5th of favourite host locations for the NCP Scholarships programs and 1st for the NCP Mobility projects in 2018. Based on interviews with Indonesian students studying in Australian universities and Australian students studying in Indonesian universities through the NCP, this presentation will examine how students’ experiences studying abroad enhance their perceived employability and intercultural intelligence. The long-term findings of this research will contribute to more effective student mobility program implementation between both countries as well as addressing the gaps between international student mobility policy and students’ experience.


Mr Alam Nasrah Ikhlas is a PhD student at the School of Education, Deakin University. Prior to this, he worked at the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of Indonesia as a Division Head of Recognition of Prior Learning and Student Mobility programs. His research will focus on student mobility programs between Australia and Indonesia.


The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is the peak body of university experts and educators on Asia in Australia. Established in 1976, we promote and support the study of Asia in Australian universities and knowledge of Asia among the broader community. Our membership is drawn mainly from academics and students, but also includes industry and government Asia experts. We take a strong interest in promoting knowledge about Asia in schools and in contributing to state and Commonwealth government policies related to Asia. We provide informed comment on Asia to a broad public through our bulletin, Asian Currents, and specialist research articles in our journal, Asian Studies Review. Four book series published under our auspices cover Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Women in Asia.

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