MORA Sponsored Students

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The University of South Australia welcomes students sponsored by the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA), Indonesia.  As a member of the Australian Technology Network (ATN) we are eligible to accept Indonesian students in our Research programs under the recently signed MORA and ATN Memorandum of Understanding

MoRA-ATN Research and Innovation Scheme (MoARIS)
The University of South Australia is pleased to be a host institution for PhD candidates under the new MoARIS program.

For more information and to apply, please visit

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Why Choose UniSA for your PhD?

  • We are ranked 26th worldwide in the QS Top 50 under 50 2017/18
  • 97% of our research is at or above World Class, Excellence in Research Australia, 2015
  • We are one of Australia’s leading universities in terms of ‘international outlook’ and in the top 10% worldwide in the Times Higher Education rankings for the top 200 most international universities.
  • We have strong relationships with a number of Indonesian institutions including Universitas Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology and Gadjah Mada University. For more information, please visit our Global Engagement page.
  • We recently launched a new Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) which will be one of the largest research concentrations on Islamic Studies. 

We offer Research programs  related to many of the MORA priority areas including: 

  • Education
  • Environmental Science
  • International Studies
  • Languages and Linguistics
  • Library Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


We currently host a number of Indonesian students who are engaged in great research projects. Find out more below from some of our current students and you can also hear more from other international students.


Arnis Silvia - UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta

School of Communication, International Studies and Languages

PhD, Languages and Linguistics

I chose UniSA for its quality of teaching and learning as indicated by the world ranks. UniSA is an emerging university that strives to be the best and I am so proud of being a student in this dynamic and progressive university.

I found that my course is very relevant to my teaching career; it provides an in-depth understanding of the field. What I love the most is that I have two supervisors who are very helpful and motivating with their productive feedback on my thesis.


Fuad Arif Fudiyartanto - UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta

School of Education

PhD, Education

What I enjoyed most was the abundance of resources and considerate supervisors. I would describe the quality of teaching staff as excellent, amazing, helpful and considerate.

I fell in love with Adelaide. Just come and you will not be disappointed. You will love it at first site.

Doni Wibowo

Doni Wibowo - Ministry of Religious Affairs

School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences  

Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Data Analysis for Policy Evaluation and Formulation

"I have many colleagues who have responsibilities similar to mine and I think they will benefit greatly from my experiences in taking this course."

Doni Wibowo works in the Budgeting and Information Systems Division of Indonesia's Ministry of Religious Affairs in Jakarta. That has to be a big job when you consider there are more than six million students in the Islamic education system, ranging from pre-school to university.

"We look at data across all those areas and we collect it at the district level, then province then Jakarta," he said. "My daily task is to ensure that data about Islamic education is valid and correct and then we make simple statistical analysis and use the results to make policy."

"The concept of big data is quite new in Indonesia and so was quite new to me before I came to Adelaide," he said. "I will go back with a whole new set of skills and a new approach to working with the data we have.

"When I read the summary of the course I was certain that it would give me new ways to evaluate data and make policy, so I think it is important for me personally and for the Department to upgrade my skills like this."

Rini Rahmayani

Rini Rahmayani - Ministry of Religious Affairs

School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences  

Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Data Analysis for Policy Evaluation and Formulation

"I'm a part of the team and they think it's important for me to know about big data and data sharing. I told others about the course and they are excited for me to come back and spread my knowledge."

Rini Rahmayani's professional focus is on designing programs to improve the quality of learning activity within the Islamic higher education system in Indonesia.

As a Head of Section within the office of the Director General of Islamic Education in Jakarta she is surrounded by data and statistics every day and was looking for better ways to use them.

"We collect data but we don't really maximise its potential within our Ministry," she said. "It's there, and it's comprehensive but we tend to use it just for information and to prepare publications, not to inform policy formation." A knowledge of "big data" is about to change all of that.

"Big data is a new thing in Indonesia and the first time I heard about it was when Australia offered this course to us. My boss says this is important for you and you should go," she said

The comprehensive and cutting edge course has proved challenging at times but she says the teaching and content have been very good and she has "learned many things from it".

"Australia is well known for high-quality education so young Indonesians come here to study, specifically Masters degrees and Doctorates," she said. "I think generally they rate Australian universities as better than European.

How to apply

Follow our six step guide on How to Apply for Research at UniSA. For a full list of our Research programs by research area please visit What you can study. For eligibility and other details please visit the MORA website.

As an international applicant it is your responsibility to be aware of any visa and other immigration requirements.

Life in Adelaide

Adelaide is South Australia’s vibrant capital city and one of the most affordable Australian cities. Visit the Study Adelaide website to hear more about why so many students choose to live here.

Adelaide is a multicultural city with a vast choice of foods to cook at home as well as restaurants to enjoy. Adelaide’s urban and cultural landscape has changed over recent years. Our laneways are enjoying a makeover and a new ‘pop-up culture’ is giving birth to creative and hip bars, clubs and restaurants. 

Our Indonesian student community

We have a diverse student body with over 6,000 international students from many countries. During your studies we encourage you to meet and mix with students from different backgrounds. However, we also understand that it is nice to have friendships with people from your own culture. Our Indonesian Student Society holds events and builds relationshipa among Indonesian students at the University. We also have the Islamic Society UniSA which is a student run club dedicated to looking after the needs of Muslim students within the University. 

Before you leave home

We provide pre –departure resources online to help you prepare for your journey to Australia and we can also meet with you in country when our staff are in Indonesia.

We’ll support you

Our dedicated International Sponsors team will provide special assistance and advice to our recognised sponsored students and sponsoring authorities. For more information on these services please visit Information for Sponsors or Sponsored Students.  We also have a team of International Student Advisors on each campus who can assist you with academic or personal issues as well as providing Research Student resources including a dedicated Orientation program, workshops and online help.


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