26 October 2016 at 9:00 am

AUT signs arts and culture partnership with Indonesia

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the Indonesian Ministry of Education & Culture (MoEC) have signed an agreement that will see 50 arts and culture workers travel to New Zealand for three weeks of training to strengthen the conservation and transmission of Indonesian culture and arts.

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Left to right: Hilmar Farid, Director General of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia and Professor Nigel Hemmington, Dean – Faculty of Culture and Society, Pro Vice-Chancellor International, Auckland University of Technology

The New Zealand Arts & Culture Development Programme has been created by AUT to help MoEC cultivate a sense of belonging, identity and celebration of the diversity of culture and arts unique to Indonesia for future generations.

The MoEC has selected 50 active arts and culture workers, expected to be future leaders in their fields, across a range of different sectors, including: history, museum & gallery, dance, theatre, music, literacy, film and visual art.

Professor Nigel Hemmington, Dean – Faculty of Culture and Society, Pro Vice-Chancellor International, said the programme would build stronger ties between AUT and Indonesia.

“The signing of the agreement signals a major development in the university’s relationship with Indonesia and serves as a preliminary project for the wider programme, Project Taman, where AUT will lead (with Victoria University of Wellington and University of Auckland) the professional development of Indonesian school teachers In New Zealand in 2017,” says Professor Hemmington.

During the New Zealand-based training, to be held 14 November – 3 December, participants will undergo experiential learning including mentorships, seminars, workshop sessions, presentations, guest speakers, site visits and a field trip.

The programme includes a three-day pre-departure briefing to familiarise participants with the programme, as well as a post-departure evaluation that will be conducted in Jakarta in early 2017. 

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