Warwick was delighted to host the worldwide Indonesian student association's 9th annual symposium - ISIC-SI 2017 - from 24-27 July,
The event saw academics, business, policy and creative leaders come together with over 500 Indonesians studying in over 50 different countries to examine the question of how to best to prepare for Indonesia's 'demographic bonus' - a phenomenon whereby Indonesia's working population will outnumber its non-working population by 2030.
The four-day event, opened by H.E. Dr. Rizal Sukma, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the UK and Ireland, featured a keynote speech by the Right Hon. Richard Graham MP, UK Trade Envoy to Indonesia, alongside panel sessions with fashion designer Mr. Didiet Maulana, Mr. Handry Santriago, CEO of GE Indonesia, Ms. Tri Rismaharini, Mayor of Indonesia's second-largest city, Surabaya, and Indonesian novelist and Warwick Honorary Graduate, Mr. Andrea Hirata.
A highlight of the programme was the first-ever UK performance by Indonesian popstar TULUS, whose performance was prefaced by colourful displays of traditional dance by groups of Indonesian students based in the UK.
Warwick's Indonesia-UK Scholars' Forum held a research poster competition during the symposium, which drew entries from a wide variety of academic disciplines, with poster titles ranging from "Renewable fuels production from CO2 in cyanobacteria" to "Metabolic regulation of tissue damage in lunch tuberculosis".