UNSW Canberra Students Excel at the Indonesian Speech Contest


Three students majoring in Indonesian Studies at HASS, UNSW Canberra competed in the Indonesian Speech Contest organised by the Indonesian Embassy, Australia.  Aaron Chia secured a third place while Johnathon Taylor secured a fifth place.  Both students are currently third-year students, majoring in Indonesian Studies as part of the BA at UNSW.   All the participants strongly recommend that UNSW students should compete in the future competitions as they have gained a valuable learning experience. 

The competitions were held in major cities in Australia in May along with 16 other countries in the world as an initiative by the Indonesian government to promote the study of Indonesian language and culture. 

Dr Sakai, who has coordinated the speech contest at UNSW said, ‘We were so impressed and proud of the quality and the content of the speeches.  All the students started learning Indonesian studies in the first-year, and Aaron was ranked as the best university student in the category.  Credit to the hard work of the students and the support from the University to enable them to achieve excellent results through classroom learning.  This is the second year in-a-row that UNSW Canberra students achieved great results in the competition.’

Last year Sean Gallagher (third-year) won the first prize of the speech contest and was funded to travel to represent Australia at the Independence Day ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta.  The Indonesian Embassy, the new Ambassador, will be presenting certificates to the finalists at the time of the annual Indonesia Day, scheduled to take place on campus on the 16th October.