UQ and Indonesia

Asia-Pacific partners

After more than 50 years of close collaboration, UQ is one of the most engaged international universities with Indonesia, with particularly strong ties with the University of Indonesia and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. Through our research synergies – particularly food and water security, energy and resource management, and governance – we are creating a healthier, happier, and more sustainable future.

Fast facts


Indonesian students enrolled at UQ


Indonesia-UQ co-publications


academic staff born in Indonesia


research project collaborations


alumni in Indonesia


agreements with 19 official partners

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Collaboration in action

  • Researchers from UQ and the Universitas Negeri Papua (State University of Papua) are taking up the challenge of developing HIV education for customary leaders in rural and remote areas of West Papua province so that they can support HIV prevention and care.
  • The Partnership for Australia–Indonesia Research (PAIR) is a bilateral research initiative of the Australia–Indonesia Centre, with support from the Indonesian and Australian Governments, the University of Queensland and other leading universities. PAIR seeks to enhance research linkage between Australia and Indonesia across a range of fields. Research is focused in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, where UQ will contribute to research on agricultural commodities.
  • UQ Bachelor of Environmental Management student Isabella Frew recently took part in the PEATLI Project, looking to restore peatlands by engaging local communities in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. This is her story.
  • Hard work, time management and taking every opportunity on offer was the key to success for Arts/Psychology Valedictorian Ayu Namira Paramecwari.

  • Isabelle talks about her experience as an intern at the United Nations Women Asia and the Pacific, and life as an exchange student in Indonesia.  
  • The big-eyed, long-tailed thresher shark has become rare in Indonesian waters, but a University of Queensland Australia Awards student is using funding from a conservation award to help protect them.



Indonesia is home to a large UQ alumni network - UQ has 3,023 alumni living in Indonesia. Alumni with significant links to Indonesia include:

Research Professor in Microbiology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences; 2014 UQ International Alumnus of the Year (PhD 1989)
Chair of Risk Monitoring Committee, Independent Commissioner at Taspen Life and 2012 winner of the UNESCO-L'Oreal Women in Science Award (Master of Science, Marine Studies 2005)
Vice Minister of Environmental and Forestry at Ministry of Environmental and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia (PhD 2016). 2021 Australia Awards Indonesia alumnus of the Year.
Secretary General of the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), and former Deputy Minister of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning in Indonesia (PhD 2010)