Central Queensland University (CQU) opened an Executive Business Training Centre in Jakarta earlier this month, taking the first step in exciting plans for an Indonesian presence.

CQU is partnering with local institution Bakrie University on the new centre.

From July this year, students studying at the new centre will be able to earn a double degree comprising a Master of Management from Bakrie and a Master of Business Administration from CQU. Also on offer from July will be a double undergraduate degree in digital media, business and professional communication.

TIQ’s Jakarta office has worked with CQU on its Indonesian plans since 2017, introducing members of the CQU team to key government stakeholders and potential partners.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Indonesia Ben Giles said TIQ was delighted to support CQU, and could see potential benefits not just for the university but also for other Queensland businesses.

‘It’s been a pleasure working with CQU and we’re looking forward to doing more with them up here,’ he said.

‘They have worked extremely hard over the years to get to this point and their vision is very much a long-term one.

‘They also have a real “Team Queensland” approach, and are looking to involve a range of Queensland expertise and businesses on R&D projects they have in the pipeline across government and industry.’

CQU’s new Jakarta centre also has a marketing office, which will recruit students across the region for the university’s courses in both Indonesia and Queensland.

CQU also has plans to open an agriculture faculty in Bali in partnership with Ganesha University, and a world-class Beef and Cattle Research Centre of Excellence nearby.

The Bali initiatives are part of the Triple Helix Project, which will bring together academia, government and industry to develop Bali’s cattle industry.

A memorandum of understanding for the Triple Helix Project has been signed by CQU, Ganesha University, the provincial government of Bali, BAPPENAS (Ministry for Planning and Development) and TIQ. TIQ’s role will be to introduce Queensland industry capability to the project.

With a burgeoning middle class right on Australia’s doorstep, Indonesia is identified as a major growth market for Queensland exporters in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.