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A Canadian Lesson on Good Governance

Dr. Pal’s guest lecture draws a large audience at Padjadjaran University in Bandung.
Dr. Pal delivers his presentation on good governance at Brawijaya University in Malang.
A student asks Dr. Pal at Muhammadiyah University of Malang.

Dr. Leslie A. Pal, Director of the Centre on Governance and Public Management at Carleton University, visited Indonesia on the invitation from the Embassy of Canada, March 25-28. During his visit to Indonesia, Dr. Pal participated in an academic outreach that covered five universities in Bandung, Malang and Yogyakarta. With his background in both public policy and international relations, Dr. Pal came to Indonesia with two different themes for his guest lectures: good governance and Canadian politics.

Dr. Pal spoke about good governance at Parahyangan University in Bandung, Brawijaya University in Malang, and State Islamic University (UIN) of Sunan Kalijaga in Yogyakarta. In his presentation, he compared good governance practice in Indonesia and Canada, particularly in the context of corruption. His guest lecture drew a great deal of interest from the students, many of whom asked the possibility of Indonesia following Canada's example in addressing corruption. His guest lecture in Yogyakarta was supported by the Canadian Resource Centre at UIN Sunan Kalijaga and featured another speaker, Dr. Ahmad-Norma Permata, who delivered a presentation on "Islam, Democracy and Good Governance in Post-Soeharto Indonesia" which provided an overview of the achievements and challenges of democracy and good governance in Indonesia in the past 15 years.

Dr. Pal's guest lecture at Padjadjaran University in Bandung and Muhammadiyah University of Malang attracted over 200 students. In his presentations on Canadian politics, Dr. Pal outlined Canadian government’s effectiveness in different global indexes, such as corruption and freedom of the press. He also touched upon Canadian foreign policy today. The question and answer session at the end of his guest lectures generated many questions from the students, including on the impact of Canada's multiculturalism on its foreign policy.


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