UK eyes FTA with RI after Brexit


Linda Yulisman, Chevening Alumni 2016, covered Liam Fox’s visit to Indonesia for the Jakarta Post in April. She noted that, following Brexit, the United Kingdom will seek more trade opportunities around the world, and hopes to sign a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with Indonesia.

The UK last month formally started its two-year separation process from the 27-member European Union bloc that it joined in 1973. Prior to the process, it has begun informal talks with dozens of countries for post-Brexit deals, including with some of Asia’s biggest economies like China, India and South Korea.

Visiting UK international trade secretary Liam Fox said on Thursday that the UK would push for higher exports to Indonesia in the future although the current state of the former’s exports was “quite good”. Similarly, it also wanted to increase investment to benefit from Indonesia’s economic growth, abundant natural resources and demographic advantage.“For the UK, we need to widen our horizons and leaving the EU is an opportunity for us to look to trading and export opportunities, as well as investment opportunity into the UK and from the UK. We also expect to have partnership agreements to make the best of complementary capabilities with different economies,” Fox told The Jakarta Post.

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Source: The Jakarta Post


Alumni of The Month: Nurhanita

When and what did you study in UK?

I studied the MSc. in Health Education and Health Promotion at King’s College, University of London in 2000 – 2001.

Can you please tell us the most memorable story from the time when you studied in UK?

The most memorable thing I treasured during my study in London was the genuine interaction with various people. I was the only Indonesian on the course, with a majority of British students and lecturers.  I lived in campus accommodation with other overseas students. Furthermore I volunteered with a charity in Hackney, supporting cancer clients and families. These unforgettable experiences truly reminds me of the universal virtue of human beings regardless of their race and ethnicity, religion, economic, social circumstances, and cultural backdrop. Read more

Top Ten Universities in Indonesia with Most Chevening Scholarships Applicants

We’d like to express our thanks to all the Chevening Alumni who helped during the Chevening promotion and interview process. We received a record 3,782 applications for 2017-18 (twice the number from 2016-17).  We couldn’t achieve these incredible results without the help of our alumni promoting the scheme on campuses and workplaces throughout the archipelago.

University of Indonesia takes the top spot once again, with Bandung Institute of Technology close behind. Active promotion on campus saw Diponegoro University and Bina Nusantara University jump up our leader board this year. Our top 10 universities for Chevening Scholarships are:

Can’t see your alma mater here? Help us promoting Chevening Scholarships on your old campus by talking about your experience. Our Chevening promotional PPT can be downloaded here. Please get in touch with Mega if you need any advice.

Revitalizing Tiger Recovery Efforts

Source: The Jakarta Post

  • 29 Jul 2017
  • Sunarto (Chevening Alumni 1999)

Every July 29 since 2010, we have celebrated Global Tiger Day. In this Year of the Tiger (according to the Chinese calendar) heads of state and leaders from Tiger Range Countries (TRC) gathered in St Petersburg, Russia for the Tiger Summit.

The event was organized in response to the critical condition of tigers. In 2010, a study found that the tiger population had declined to only about 3,200, plummeting from around 100,000 in less than a century, or three human generations. Also, their distribution had been reduced to less than 7 percent from their historic range.

Along the way, three tiger subspecies — Bali, Javan and Caspian tigers — have gone extinct.

Before the summit, a series of meetings, including a crucial one hosted by the Indonesian government in Bali, was organized to discuss the endangered species. A bold conservation target was set and agreed: to double the tiger population by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger. Read more

Alumni of the Month: Dayu Nirma Amurwanti

Network and Alumni Officer, Mega Savitri, interviewed Dayu Nirma Amurwanti (LSE, 2013), the first president of Indonesia Alumni Association.

Q: What was the most memorable thing from the time when you were studying in UK?

A: When I was studying in the UK, I had the opportunity to represent the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in a number of debating competitions. Coming from Indonesia- I would never thought of debating for the LSE, against past Worlds Debating Champion such as Oxford and Cambridge! In my first competition my debating partner spoke in a thick Irish accent – at first we could not understand each other – we were amazed that we did rather well. I feel very fortunate to learn so much – even in a competition setting everyone provided support and constructive feedback.

Q: Please tell us about your current job role.

A: I am currently a lecturer at International Relations Department, Bina Nusantara University. I am teaching International Political Economy and Indonesia Trade Policies. In Bina Nusantara I am also a Coach for a student club promoting intellectual exchange on current issues. I am very proud that my students are very motivated, and now are actively taking part in student competitions and forums. I am also a counsel in Rahayu and Partners Law Office, a law firm owned and managed by another Chevening alumni, Sri Rahayu. Read more

Chevening Alumni Association Indonesia is Officially Launched

Chevening Alumni Association Indonesia (CAAI) was officially launched during Annual Chevening Alumni Gathering on 9 February 2017 at Le Meridien Hotel, Jakarta. British Ambassador HE Mr Moazzam Malik said that with more than 1400 alumni spread across 34 provinces in Indonesia,  the Alumni association will be a vital focal point for our network, and will allow the network to remain well connected long after people return from their studies in the UK. Read more