Four members of the Indonesian government who studied in Australia were recognized by the Australian Embassy over the weekend with Distinguished Alumni Awards.
“They are truly an inspiring group of people who are achieving great
successes in their chosen fields,” Australian Ambassador to Indonesia
Greg Moriarty said in an embassy press statement.
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu, an alumnus of the Australian National University, is an internationally respected economist and trade policy specialist, strongly committed to further reforming the Indonesian economy, the statement said.
Banda Aceh Mayor Mawardy Nurdin, an alumnus of the University of South Wales, was awarded the year’s Inspirational Alumni Award for effectively overseeing the rebirth of the city after the 2004 tsunami.
Vice Marshal Johnny Fritz Pandapotan Sitompul, an alumnus of the Defence Strategic Study Course, was awarded for Excellence in National Security. Johnny is currently commander of the National Air Defense Command.
Ali Ghufron Mukti, the deputy health minister and an alumnus of the University of Newcastle, was given the award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Administration.
“I would like to acknowledge the high-caliber award finalists and nominees,” Moriarty said, adding that “it is very gratifying to see that so many Indonesians return from their studies in Australia and make significant contributions to Indonesia’s progress.”