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Short Program - Exploring Operation Oboe: Borneo 1945
Jakarta, Indonesia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
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Operation Oboe

Exploring Operation Oboe: Borneo 1945



Operation Oboe, conducted in Borneo at the end of the Second World War, was the largest military campaign ever planned and executed by Australia. The Strategic and Defence Studies Centre in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs will be offering eight masters students the opportunity to undertake a 12 day study tour traversing the former battlefields of Operation Oboe, located in Tarakan and Balikpapan in Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, and Labuan and Sarawak in Malaysia.

Under the guidance of a senior military historian, Dr Garth Pratten, students will gain an understanding of the dynamics and execution of a military campaign, from its political and strategic underpinnings through to humanitarian relief and civil reconstruction after the cessation of hostilities, and also examine how the history of Australia is intertwined with its regional neighbours.

This study tour is a six-unit course and includes pre-departure seminars and assessment activities. Supported by the Australian Government’s Endeavour Mobility Program in 2017, this study tour will provide grants to students to assist with travel costs.

Study Activity 

If you are selected to participate in this project, you will enroll in a six-unit version of ASIA8097 Global Learning and undertake a series of pre-departure sessions at ANU in May and June. The pre-departure sessions will introduce you to the background of the Borneo campaign, allocate your assessment tasks, and provide some research skills training. You will also be able to meet with other participants, and receive some introductory instruction in Bahasa Indonesia. Language grants of A$1,000 per student are available to cover language training costs.

You will rendezvous with the course convener and other participants at the study tour hotel in Jakarta on Sunday 9 July for an orientation afternoon and evening, before embarking on the study tour through Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia from Monday 10 July. As well as visiting the sites of the battlefields, you will also meet with local academics, members of the host nations’ governments, and Australian diplomatic representatives. The tour program will be intensive, although academic activities will be balanced with periods of free time. The study tour will finish in Jakarta on Friday 21 July.

Assessment will be based on your contribution to group discussions, a presentation on a particular aspect or event of the campaign delivered during the study tour, and a 5000 word essay based on primary source research and knowledge gained from the site visits, which will be submitted after the conclusion of the study tour. Topics for the presentation and essay will be determined in consultations with the course convener before the study tour. You will also receive instruction on the use of the holdings of the Australian War Memorial and the National Archives of Australia to support your research.

Travel and Other Costs

The study tour and Bahasa Indonesia tuition is supported by an Endeavour Mobility Grant, provided by the Australian Government (A$2,000 travel grant and A$1,000 language subsidy per student).

You will be required to pay a A$2,500 participation fee, which will cover all of your accommodation (including breakfasts) in Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia for Sunday 9 July through to Thursday 20 July, land travel and some group meals, as well as your flights between Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia. You will need to arrange and pay for your own return travel between Australia and Indonesia (A$475-1445 ex Sydney, A$957-1262 ex Canberra, depending on route and airline), as well as visas and any other subsistence costs.

You will be able to use your A$2,000 Endeavour Mobility Grant to cover any of your costs.


Endeavour Mobility Grants

Information on the Endeavour Mobility Grant can be found here.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This opportunity is open to all ANU students currently enrolled in masters programs in strategic studies, history, politics, international relations or other cognate disciplines, and who are Australian citizens or Permanent Residents.

All you need to do is tell us why this opportunity would benefit your studies at ANU, how this opportunity meets the objectives of the Australian Government’s Endeavour Mobility Grants program, and what relevance you think the study of Borneo operations in 1945 holds in 2017. Academic results will be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Application Details

Complete the application form by Sunday 5 March.

Short listed applicants will be required to participate in a short interview on Thursday 9 March.

If you are successful, you will be advised of your application outcome by Monday 13 March and must be able to confirm your participation by Friday 24 March.


T: 6125 6503

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