On November 29th 2006, then Austrian Minister of Education, Elisabeth Gehrer, and the former Indonesian Minister for Research and Technology, Kusmayanto Kadiman, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Vienna regarding cooperation in research and science, which encourages direct contacts between Indonesian and Austrian universities, among other things. At a ceremony in Vienna in May 2009, Minister Kusmayanto was awarded the “Gold Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria” by Johannes Hahn, former Austrian Minister of Science and Research.
Indonesia is particularly interested in cooperating in the fields of university and science. Thanks to an initiative by Prof. Rode from the University of Innsbruck, there has been close cooperation between Indonesian and Austrian universities since the 1990s. He initiated the ASEA-Uninet Network (since 1994), an Austrian-founded and Europe-wide operating university network that initiates and supports cooperation in research with and within Southeast Asian countries. In 1997, a study centre for computer chemistry at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta was set up with Austrian capital.
In 2011, 9Indonesians graduate students were supported through scholarships of the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD).
Every year several Austrian university professors visit Jakarta and Yogyakarta through ASEA-Uninet to interview potential candidates for scholarships. Austrian professors lecture at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta for short assignments. Kusmayanto Kadiman (Minister for Research and Technology until October 2009) used to be the ASEAN-Uninet coordinator. Since 2009 the University of Vienna, in cooperation with Gadjah Mada and other institutions, has been organizing a summer university in Yogyakarta for students of the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the Vienna University of Technology.
An intercultural dialogue involving the Indonesian Foreign Ministry has been in place since 2008 and includes exchanges of diplomats and seminars. An Austro-Indonesian symposium for dialogue on “State, Law and Religion in Pluralistic Societies” at the University of Vienna in May 2009 was a big success.
At the 2009 National Day reception, the Embassy presented a bilingual (English-Indonesian) brochure entitled „Austria-Indonesia“.