Compared to the mid-2000s, there are several orders of magnitude more Australians in their mid-20s wandering around Indonesia with excellent Indonesian. When I ask them how they ended up in Indonesia, the answer is pretty much always ACICIS.

Mr John Cheong-Holdaway, Independent Infrastructure and Economic Adviser, 25 January 2018

Curtin Business School’s long term affiliation with the ACICIS Consortium, and more specifically the Business Professional Practicum, continues to be regarded as one of our premier mobility initiatives for undergraduate students. Given the ongoing success of this program, I am happy to provide suggestions for future initiatives which may align with our course and engagement initiatives.

Ms Roannah Wade, Student Exchange & Mobility Coordinator, Curtin Business School, 10 March 2016

The fact that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the pivotal department for international engagement and the custodian of the Indonesia-Australia relationship, is heaving with ACICIS graduates speaks volumes of how the Department recognises the merits of an ACICIS experience and this is yet another piece of evidence why ACICIS matters to Indonesia and Australia. ACICIS and its alumni are not just an important component of the education bilateral relations, but are an important part of the overall bilateral relationship.

Dr Bradley Armstrong, Minister Counsellor (Political and Economic), Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), 29 August 2015

ACICIS is a program that I strongly encourage the students to do.

Ms Alexandra Wake MA, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, 18 August 2015

Over the years I have found my interactions with ACICIS to be incredibly rewarding. So many ACICIS alumni have been great colleagues in many of the roles I have had. The depth of their understanding of Indonesia is a great asset for Australia.

Mr Greg Moriarty, Former Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 3 August 2015

ACICIS has made a substantial contribution to the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship by facilitating Australian student engagement with Indonesian studies.

Professor Glyn Davis AC, Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne, 25 June 2015

The Department of Defence has a number of ACICIS alumni working in the department, bringing with them a strong understanding of cultural intricacies and well-developed language skills. They make a valuable contribution to the Australia-Indonesia defence relationship.

The Hon Stuart Robert MP, Assistant Minister for Defence, Department of Defence, 25 June 2015

Thanks to everyone at ACICIS for taking such good care of my student and providing such a wonderful program. Swinburne is an ACICIS convert.

Dr Andrew Dodd, Program Director, Journalism, Swinburne University, 27 March 2015

I note the good work ACICIS has done over several years in providing Australian students opportunities to study in Indonesia, and recognise the importance of in-country study programs like ACICIS in encouraging young Australians to continue their studies of Indonesia and the Indonesian language.

The Hon Stephen Smith MP, Former Minister for Defence and Minister of Foreign Affairs, 9 June 2009

I congratulate ACICIS for having the vision to see that this is really a very important foundation stone in the sort of relationship we are building between our two countries; that is, a relationship I think that is increasingly one of understanding that’s where the ACICIS students really come into this, coming to understand Indonesia yourselves, but then conveying that understanding to an Australian audience.

Mr Bill Farmer, Former Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, 5 January 2009

UTS has long been associated with ACICIS. It was the first university to join Murdoch in establishing the consortium and has maintained its membership ever since because of the value that the partnership brings. Participation in the Consortium has enabled UTS to offer a well-run Indonesia-based option for its International Studies degree without having to have UTS staff on the ground in the country. Without this facility it would not have been possible for UTS students to spend an academic year in Indonesia as part of the BA in International Studies.

Professor David S Goodman, Professor Emeritus at the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of Sydney, 25 June 2008