Agriculture Semester Program

Michael Young is a 2017 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant recipient from the University of Western Australia. Michael is studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Agricultural Science.

Michael completed the Agriculture Semester Program at Bogor Agricultural University in August-December 2017.

Q: Why did you decide to undertake the ACICIS program?

It fitted in well with my course at UWA in Agricultural Science and I thought it would be good to experience a different culture and view on Agriculture. It is more enjoyable than staying in Australia and studying!

Q: What classes are you currently enrolled in?

  • Animal breeding – genetics based unit about improving animal traits.
  • Animal product technology – basic unit about animal products and also contains genetics.
  • Basic food characteristics and materials  – introduction into food products focus on animals, vegetables and processed foods.
  • Entrepreneurial experience – develop and market a product.

Q: How has your study in Indonesia influenced your understanding of Agriculture or Food Security in the region?

It is very under developed compared to Australia but there are a lot of people researching and developing Agriculture. It is very small scale, with a high population, so they try to get the best possible production but also to keep their input costs low.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time in Bogor?

Eat, gym, travel, see friends and sleep.

Q: Are you undertaking an internship while in Indonesia?

Yes, BLST is a big company owned by IPB. I will help test and market a product designed to increase cow milk production.

Q: What is your favourite food?

Sate ayam.

Q: What is your favourite place to eat?


Q: What places in Indonesia have you visited during your semester so far?

Jakarta, Bogor, Puncak.