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La Trobe University must continue its Indonesian Language program.

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The proposed decision, by La Trobe University, to discontinue its Indonesian course must be reconsidered. The current proposed process for the discontinuation of Indonesian states that from 2013 Indonesian studies will only be available at La Trobe University to students who are currently partaking in Indonesian studies in 2012, new La Trobe University students will only be able to take it as an online course. This will result in a deficit in education of future Indonesian students, which means the decay in quality of the Indonesian program offered at La Trobe University. Indonesian is recognized as a strategic language by the Australian government. As a result Indonesian is an expanding elective within many Victorian schools. Therefore, La Trobe University must provide current and future students with the option and opportunity to study Indonesian at a tertiary level. Furthermore, It is essential that the language of Indonesian be taught in a face-to-face environment, and not via the Internet, because it is significantly more conducive to successful language learning. Please sign this petition to show your support for the continuation of the Indonesian Language at La Trobe Universities.

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