Building a Culturally Relevant Workforce in Indonesia: Preventing Vocational Imperialism

This book challenges existing thinking around international engagement practice in Indonesia and more broadly the ASEAN region. Written by leading practitioners and scholars from many disciplines, each contribution moves to shift the conversation towards meaningful intercultural engagement. It provides development practitioners, education and training facilitators, and policy and program administrators valuable insights into how to build trust and to respectfully engage with local institutions. This book also introduces practical examples of how to co-design culturally appropriate Vocational Education and Training development programs that have a lasting local impact.


Dr. Brian Fairman is a Senior Research Officer-Regional Development at the Australian Institute for Business and Economics at the University of Queensland and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University. His research interests include human capability development; particularly inclusion practices in education, community and industry engagement with tertiary education providers, and developing meaningful practice models that enhance local input into development outcomes. Dr. Fairman’s recent journal publications include: Implementing Kampus Merdeka: The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with One Tentative Step.

Dr. Adam Voak is an adjunct Associate Professor at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University, and specialises in International Human Capability Development. He facilitated the design, development and implementation of Indonesia’s first Industry Reference Council, the Indonesian Supply Chain and Logistics Industry Reference Council. His research interests include global citizenry, cross border mobility and the role of interculturalism in international trade. He holds a CITBA Research Fellowship at James Cook University Singapore, the Institute of Occupational Learning and Training, the Society of Education and Training and the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals. Dr Voak is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia.

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Ahmad Amarullah

Moch Aminudin Maliki

Hurriyet Babacan

Brian Fairman

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Erna Irawati

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Payaman Simanjuntak

Soeparto Soeparto

Usdia Sujatmaka

Adam Voak

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ISBN: 1-5275-0230-9

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-0230-7

Release Date: 18th April 2023

Pages: 125

Price: £59.99

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