Farewell to 2019 participants

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Farewell lunch at Madam Lu’s Malaysian restaurant 18 November 2019

On 18 November we held the first of two events to farewell the 2019 PIES participants. The traditional farewell lunch was held earlier than usual because the Director of the PIES program, Greg Fealy, left the following day to take up a two-month fellowship overseas. The PIES students and PIES team of Greg, Sally White and Helen McMartin were joined by Dan Heldon and Tim Cardigan-Cowper of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), PSC’s Maxine McCarthur, Anna Buckley who taught the pedagogical component of the 2019 course, and Benjamin Kooyman (not pictured) from ANU’s Academic Skills and Learning Centre.

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PIES farewell morning tea

The final event to farewell the PIES participants was a morning tea, and it took place in the PSC tearoom on 4 December 2019. Staff and students from the Department of Political and Social Change  were joined by two of the PIES program’s biggest supporters, Emeritus Professors James Fox (Pak Jim) and Virginia Hooker (Bu Nia). Jim and Virginia have supervised students in every cohort, and of course, the idea behind the program came from Bu Nia herself. Pak Jim gave a lovely speech about the importance of the program and wished all the participants well in their future endeavours. Dr Benjamin Kooyman and Dr Thuy Do of the ASLC were also at the morning tea to present the PIES participants with certificates for their completion of the skills component of the PIES program, and PSC’s Anna Buckely also presented certificates for the pedagogy course. Robert Freeth from University House also joined us – the support of University House, where all the PIES students have been accommodated, has been vital for the smooth running of the program, allowing the participants to stay on campus and interact with other international and domestic postgraduate students. Finally, Abdulloh Fuadi gave a heartfelt and moving speech on behalf of the PIES students. The 2019 group are much missed!