At this year’s AIEC, two of IDP’s most experienced Country Directors will discuss changes to the international student market and how IDP’s strategies have evolved to best meet the needs of today’s international students.
With over 41 years’ combined experience with IDP; Isla Winarto, Country Director for Indonesia, and Daryl Fong, Country Director for Singapore, will join other international relations academics to shine a spotlight on Singapore and Indonesia.
Isla Winarto, Country Director, IDP Indonesia
Presenting on the panel for “Indonesia in Focus”
Isla Winarto joined IDP as Country Director for Indonesia in 1996. She has worked in Indonesia for the past 28 years, and currently manages the ten offices in the IDP Indonesia network.
Isla has extensive experience in international relations. Prior to joining IDP, Isla was employed at the U.S. Agency for International Development, American Embassy, Jakarta.
Of all the South East Asian countries, Indonesia is one of the steadiest sources of international students for Australia.
Despite the increasing cost of international education and emerging competition in the region, Australia remains the first choice study destination for Indonesians. It is predicted Indonesians will continue to seek quality international education across all sectors for many years to come
“Indonesia’s growing middle class is 40 million people strong. This growth in income allows for more choices in life and we need to ensure we are providing Indonesian students with the right options for their future.” – Isla Winarto.
Daryl Fong, Country Director, IDP Singapore
Presenting on the panel for “Singapore in Focus”
Daryl Fong is one of IDP’s most experienced staff members. Daryl joined IDP as the Assistant Representative in 1987, one year after the Australian Government introduced full fees for international students. He became the Manager of the Australian Education Centre in 1990. In 1995 he became the Country Director of IDP Singapore. Daryl has worked with many institutions on numerous projects and has championed Australian education in Singapore for over twenty five years.
“Singapore is on track to become the best quality education hub in South East Asia. We need to ensure international education programs complement our increasingly strong in-country offerings.”- Daryl Fong.