Ten students of Naresuan Univesity have completed their student exchange program, which started from May 18th 2014 and lasted for a month, in the Faculty of Languages and Arts, Yogyakarta State University. The program was a cultural program which gave students opportunities to learn about Indonesian culture and arts. It was an unforgettable experience for the participants as Nat, one of the Naresuan University students, said, “We have already felt the unique atmosphere of Yogyakarta since we arrived at the airport.”
The ten delegates were strictly selected by the committee in Naresuan University and are from Faculty of Public Health, International College, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Medicine.
“We believe that they are the best students from Naresuan university and able to share their knowledge and ideas about their culture through discussions with our students here” Herman, M. Pd., the Head of Partnership and Public Relation Affairs of Divison of Faculty of Languages and Arts, said.
Yogyakarta State University and Naresuan University have strengthened their partnership since 2011. Both universities started the reciprocal student exchange program in 2012.
During the program the students joined courses covering many themes including Bahasa Indonesia, Cross Cultural Understanding, Academic Writing, Public Speaking, Drama, English for Business, Critical Reading, and Gamelan. They also had workshops for Batik and Art and excursions to cultural sites in Yogyakarta.
In the closing ceremony, Friday (6/13/2014), the students of Naresuan University performed a Thai dance. Nattida represented the students to thank FLA for organizing the program. “We thank all the lecturers, staff, and buddies (student partners) who were always willing to assist us during the program. There were unforgettable moments for all of us. We are looking forward to your coming to Thailand,” he expressed his feeling.
Prof. Dr. Zamzani, M. Pd., the dean of FLA, was proud of those involved in the program. “Hopefully the friendship between Yogyakarta State University and Naresuan will be long lasting one and both universities always keep in touch as well as give positive impacts for each other, especially to face Asean Economic Community 2015,” he said in the closing of the program.