Security Update: COVID-19 Pandemic: Cancellation of in-country delivery of all ACICIS programs scheduled for second half of 2021: 17 March 2021

Following our decisions in April and September 2020 to cancel the in-country delivery of ACICIS programs previously scheduled to take place in the second half of 2020 and the first half of 2021, the ACICIS National Reference Group has, this week, resolved to cancel in-country delivery of all ACICIS programs scheduled to take place between July and December 2021.

While seen as a likely outcome for some time, the decision to cancel in-country delivery of ACICIS programs is, nonetheless, regrettable. It is, however, the collective assessment of the National Reference Group that the COVID-19 pandemic – and associated government and university restrictions currently preventing student mobility between Australia and the vast majority of/all overseas destinations (including Indonesia) are unlikely to resolve until late 2021 at the earliest. We hope that this decision will provide clarity and certainty to all parties involved in the running of ACICIS programs – including prospective students, consortium member universities, Indonesian partner universities and ACICIS staff.

Following the successful first virtual intakes of the following seven short format programs between December 2020 and February 2021, ACICIS is pleased to again offer the same suite of programs in an online format from June and July 2021:

We are confident that these virtual offerings will continue to provide significant value to ACICIS member universities and their students while in-country study options are not possible. Through ACICIS, member university students will continue have access to the large pool of AUD$1,600 – AUD$3,000 New Colombo Plan mobility grants available to support their participation in these virtual offerings.

ACICIS staff have begun to contact relevant member university staff regarding the promotion of the coming virtual program intakes to eligible students, and will continue to do so over coming days and weeks. Similarly, ACICIS will contact all current applicants for cancelled in-country ACICIS programs to encourage them to consider taking part in one of the above virtual options, or, failing that, to defer their application to a future program intake.

ACICIS will continue to monitor conditions – both globally and in Indonesia – and will make a decision in coming months regarding the feasibility of in-country delivery of programs scheduled to commence from January 2022 onwards.

Should you have any queries regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact the ACICIS Secretariat by phone (+61 8 6488 6675) or email (acicis@acicis.edu.au).

Liam Prince
ACICIS Consortium Director