The University of Western Australia and the Indonesian Seni Institute Denpasar (ISI) have marked more than three years of research collaboration and cultural exchanges.
A ceremony included the signing of a memorandum of understanding between UWA and ISI which paves the way for future collaborations in curriculum developments in culture and the arts.
The Indonesian delegation consisting of the Rektor of ISI Professor I Wayan Rai and his Financial and International Affairs heads as well as the Deans of Music and Art finalised negotiations for the first phase of the cultural curriculum being developed between ISI and the University's Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts.
A trial curriculum has been developed for a Winter Semester Art and Culture Studio which will take place in Denpasar in June-July 2011. The Studio coincides with the Bali Art Festival, which is the richest and most diverse art event on the Balinese cultural calendar.
UWA Project co-ordinator Assistant Professor Paul Trinidad said he hoped to have the cultural program on offer to all students at UWA in 2012.
"This is a great opportunity. Denpasar is our closest international city and without a doubt one of the richest living indigenous cultures on the planet," Assistant Professor Trinidad said.
The signing also heralded the 2011 cultural program being developed between the University and ISI.
In May, the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts will host visitors from ISI to exhibit culturally relevant material and also enjoy cultural offerings in WA.
A delegation of 30 musicians and performers from ISI will follow mid-year to present a spectacular expo of traditional Balinese music and dance at UWA.