ACICIS’ Indonesian Business, Law and Society (IBLS) program is a semester program, based in Yogyakarta at Indonesia’s oldest private university, Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII). During their semester, students can study units within UII’s Faculties of Law and Economics and Departments of Management, Accounting and Economics. As part of IBLS, students also have the option to undertake a professional placement (internship) with leading Indonesian institutions and NGO’s in the fields of business, economics, law and society.

IBLS S47 Group Photo

For semester 47 (August 2018), ACICIS welcomed four students, Jiyao (Joanna) Ge from the University of Sydney, Anjaly Tessa Saji from Macquarie University, Anna Ding from the University of New South Wales, and a New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholar, Hwei-See Kay from the University of Technology Sydney onto the IBLS program. Joanna, Anjaly, and Anna who each received an NCP Mobility Grant, chose to undertake a professional placement (internship) with local NGOs in Yogyakarta.

Joanna Ge making batik
Anna Ding making batik

Anjaly and Anna chose to intern at LBH Yogyakarta (Legal Aid of Yogyakarta). During their placement, they were tasked with promoting awareness of sexual abuse and violence. Anjaly was also assigned with a research project focusing on domestic violence in Indonesia. Meanwhile, Anna was assigned with a research project on Yogyakarta’s urban transportation policy.

Anjaly and Anna final presentation
Anjaly and Anna final presentation

Joanna chose to intern at a local credit union, Puskopdit Jatra Miguna. During her placement, Joanna had the opportunity to observe credit union client consultations and conduct firsthand research on microfinance in Indonesia.

Joanne Ge final presentation

After completing their internship, Anjaly, Anna, and Joanna presented their research project to UII assessors, LBH Yogyakarta, Puskopdit Jatra Miguna, and ACICIS representatives. Anjaly’s presentation topic was “Sexual and Domestic Violence in Indonesia”, Anna’s was “Becak Motor in Yogyakarta: Policy and Legal Sustainability”, and Joanna presented on the “Microfinance Industry in Indonesia Through Credit Union”


UII Faculty of Economics

Meanwhile, Hwei-See chose to take a full-time semester load of classes from UII’s Faculty of Law. Hwei-See took six classes addressing different interests, from Islamic Law, Crime and Victimology, to International Laws. During her study at UII, Hwei-See also had the opportunity to represent UII at ‘The World Indonesianist Forum’ held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia.

Hwei-See Kay at UII International Student Conference

Congratulations to Anjaly, Anna, Joanna, and Hwei See! We are all very proud of you all. Thank you for a wonderful semester – we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours!