Monday (21/9/2015) – Office of International Affairs and Partnership (OIAP), Yogyakarta State University (YSU) organized a Welcoming Ceremony for new 2015 international students, and this was housed in Main Meeting Room, YSU Rectorate building. Those students come from varying programs, namely Darmasiswa, Developing Countries Parnership (DCP), Transfer Credit of Guangdong University and Yunan University, and regular programs, both degree and non-degree.
The MCs are Puspita Wijayati, and Aron Lucky as the representative of international international students. Aron was the last year Darmasiswa students and was winning 2015 National Speech Competition. More surprisingly, the speech was in Bahasa Indonesia. Thus, he deserves the benefit of longer scholarship period, and he could enjoy exploring Indonesian culture more.
Attending the ceremony were Prof. Dr. Rochmat Wahab, M.Pd.,M.A. as the Rector of YSU, Dr. -Ing. Satoto E. Nayono, M.Eng., M.Sc as the Head of IOAP, dan the elected Dean of Faculty of Languages and Arts that is also the former Head of IOAP, Dr. Widyastuti Purbani, M.A. Then, several lecturers and BIPA (Indonesian for non-native students) tutors were also invited in this special occasion.
At 13.00 Western Indonesia Time, the event started with the speech from Head of IOAP, Dr. -Ing. Satoto E. Nayono, M.Eng., M.Sc. The agenda continued by inviting two international students to deliver their testimony. The first student is Ansa from Madagascar. She is the DCP student who enrolled last year. “When first time coming to Indonesia, I couldn’t speak Bahasa Indonesia, and thus I was afraid of talking with the natives,” she said. However, after learning Indonesian language and culture in YSU for a year, she becomes contented and feels attached to this country. Even, she knows Indonesian culture better than her own culture.
The other testimony was presented by another Darmasiswa student named Irina from Russia. She has taken Bahasa Indonesia course for about 2 years, and this year she is selected as the Darmasiswa scholarship awardee.
After that, 21 Darmasiswa students performed Angklung collaboration by playing while singing Rasa Sayange, a traditional song from Mollucas.
YSU Rector, Prof. Dr. Rochmat Wahab, M.Pd.,M.A advised the international students to not only learn Bahasa Indonesia, but also the culture, life, and ambiance of this country, particularly in Indonesia. For the closing, the international students had photo session together with lecturers, tutors, and invited civitas academica of YSU. (Wulan)