For the second time in 2013, the Education and Culture Attaché of the Republic of Indonesia in New Delhi, India, Dr. Eng. Son Kuswadi, visited Yogyakarta State University. In his recent visit, he took three Indian students, i.e. Anu Kumari, Sopem Mahon, and Herojit Mourangthem. They are the winners of speech contest in Indonesian organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in New Delhi, India, to celebrate the 66thanniversary of Indonesian Independence Day.
These delegates were welcomed in the RKU Meeting Room by some members of RKU (Rapat Koordinasi Universitas/University Coordination Meeting). Opening the agenda, Dr. Son expressed his gratitude to YSU for the warm welcome. He then explained that his second visit to Indonesia with the students is not only to Yogyakarta, but also to Bandung. He hoped that the three students, who had ever taken Bahasa Indonesia course by the aid of Dharmasiswa RI Scholarship at UAD and UNJ, will be the “ambassadors” of Indonesia in India. Besides, he delivered a message from Prof. Girish, a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) who had ever visited YSU, about the process of MoU preparation between JNU and YSU. He hoped that the cooperation between both universities under this MoU will be realized soon.
Responding to Dr. Son, Dr. Rochmat Wahab, the Rector of YSU, expressed his happiness for the delegation to visit YSU and warmly welcomed them. “The similar historical and cultural backgrounds between Indonesia and India are beneficial for both parties’ cooperation,” he stated. He continued by suggesting the students to consider Yogyakarta, mainly YSU, to study Bahasa Indonesia because it provides comprehensive study: not only the language, but also the culture, particularly Javanese.
After the two speeches, Herojit Mourangthem, representing his colleagues, delivered a speech in mixed-Bahasa Indonesia and English. He expressed his gratitude for YSU to warmly welcome them. He explained that he had taken a Bahasa Indonesia course by the grant of Dharmasiswa RI scholarship at Ahmad Dahlan University (UAD). He was really grateful to be able to visit Yogyakarta again. This welcome ceremony was closed by token presentation from each party and photo session.
Right after the welcome ceremony, the three students had a discussion with YSU students’ representatives coming from various student organizations and volunteers on politics, culture, geography, technology, and lifestyle in the two countries. This discussion was facilitated by the Office of International Affairs and Partnerships (OIAP) in Classroom A. in the night of the day, the delegates were invited to attend a welcome dinner at Bumbu Pawon Resto. YSU leaders, student volunteers, and some staff of OIP also attended the dinner, which was a part of the delegation’s visit to YSU. (imam/yuliana)