After successfully delivering some series of workshop in Jakarta and Bandung, Curtin tried to broaden their network to another city in Indonesia : Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta can’t be neglected from international researchers and academic stakeholders’ attention, because as the slogan written for Yogyakarta : “The City of Students” , it has so many students, researchers , and experts live there. Yogyakarta also has some qualified universities , such as Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta (UNY), Universitas Islam Negeri Yogyakarta (UIN Yogyakarta) ,and also near from Surakarta where Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) is located. The number of top universities in Yogyakarta and supported by the existence of Yogyakarta Sultanate Palace has become a magnet for researchers around the world, especially for those who have passion in cultural or social studies.
Considering the characteristic of the city, Curtin then held another seri of workshop for researchers, lecturers, academic staffs and PhD candidates in Yogyakarta. The workshop itself was held in Sheraton Mustika Hotel Yogyakarta on Wednesday, 11th of June 2014. Raising the same issues on Climate Change, Water Research, Public Policy , and Research , the workshop was followed by 91 attendees from 6 universities and also from government departments and research agencies in Yogyakarta.
Feedback from the audiences was very great, considering the issues discussed were very related with their backgrounds. They also have had awareness on environmental issue as a part of global academic community who have a responsibility to contribute on the environmental aspect. One of the issues that got high response from the audiences was the topic on urban planning, the one that has much concern about these days, particularly in big cities such Yogyakarta.
The key presenter for topic on urban planning and sustainability was Prof. Peter Newman. He is the Director of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute and is the lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2014 report on transportation. Prof Newman is one of the world's leading commentators on the topics above. The Prof Newman's session was also attended by Prof Bakti Setiawan, one of the urban planning experts from Magister of Urban and Regional Planning UGM.