Yogyakarta State University welcomed delegates consisting of 30 students and 4 staff from Chiang Mai University (CMU), Thailand in the Main Assembly Room of YSU, Thursday (29/8). The delegates would stay in Yogyakarta from 28 August to 6 September 2013.
Becoming the leader of the delegates, Mr. Sakorn Ruanklai, the Assistant Dean of the International College of CMU introduced this university as the first university in Northern Thailand and the first provincial university in this country. In a preparation to face the upcoming 2015 ASEAN Economic Community, internationalization programs were important in developing CMU to be a world class university. Therefore, CMU designed a program called ASEAN Familiarization to trigger its students to have knowledge and experience of ASEAN countries, one of which was Indonesia. By inviting students to visit YSU, he hoped that the visit could be fruitful and would give real benefits to both parties. He also expressed his gratitude to YSU for the help and support which made this program possible.
In replying his speech, Dr. –Ing. Satoto E. Nayono as the Head of the Office of International Affairs and Partnerships of YSU stated that CMU’s program was a good stepping stone to initiate various collaborative programs in the near future. He also expected that CMU students would use their opportunities of staying in Yogyakarta although the six-day-time would not be enough to completely learn about Indonesian culture. Dr. Zamzani, the Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Arts of YSU, who officially opened the program, also expected that the program would run smoothly and be beneficial for all parties.
The welcoming ceremony also performed some cultural performances from both YSU and CMU students. YSU was represented by two students of the Dance Education Study Program who performed Bambangan Cakil Dance. This dance symbolized a struggle between good and evil. Meanwhile, some CMU students performed Khan Dok Dance and two traditional songs in flute and violin. After this ceremony, the delegates would be invited to enjoy some activities such as Yogyakarta City Tour, Bahasa Indonesia Training, visits to some tourism objects, cultural workshops, and living-in in a tourism village. (tw)