What is UNIBRIDGE?
UniBridge is a community of enthusiastic Indonesians and Australians who take advantage of online technologies to engage, network, and learn. Between 2012, when the pilot program was launched, and 2019 UniBRIDGE Project connected Australian and Indonesian university students for online, synchronous language and cultural exchanges. Major funding for these years was provided by the Australia Indonesia Institute. Since funding was discontinued UniBRIDGE Project has evolved into an informal online community where educational material on language and society is created and shared.
Goals of UNIBRIDGE
The program deepens language skills and contextual understandings of Australians through incorporating direct engagement into the study curriculum. This has the additional spillover benefit of orienting Australians towards Indonesia through the building of people-to-people links. The shared goals of the Australia Indonesia Institute and UniBRIDGE are as follows:
- To promote in each country increased exposure to the other through media, educational, cultural, sporting and professional activities.
- To create in Indonesia a nucleus of people with expertise in Australian affairs, especially current and future opinion leaders.
- To create within Australia a wider range of people with knowledge about Indonesia, especially current and future opinion makers.
- To portray Australia as culturally diverse, educationally, scientifically and technologically advanced and economically enterprising.
- To increase understanding of and to improve access for Australians to the cultural diversity of Indonesian society.
UNILODGE provides students with resources and opportunities to further their understanding of, and capability with, Bahasa Indonesia. Their blog also details important resources for students wishing to deepen their cultural understanding of Indonesia.
Join the UniBRIDGE Project community on Patreon and gain access to online language & cultural exchanges and rewards. You also get to give your input into the creation of learning materials. To join, click here.
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