On Monday (9/7/2018), Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) Universitas Brawijaya (UB) held a closing ceremony of the first batch of ‘Darmasiswa Republik Indonesia’ Program. The event was held in the Auditorium, 2nd floor of Building A FCS UB and started at 10.00 WIB. It was a graduation event for 11 foreign students who studied Indonesian language, art and culture for a year under Language Division, Laboratory of Humanities FCS UB.
The attendees of this event were UB’s Rector Prof. Dr. Ir. Nuhfil Hanani AR., MS., the Dean of FCS UB Dr. Agus Suman, S.E., DEA., the Chairman of Double Degree Program Prof. Ir. Lilik Sulistyowati, PhD., the representatives of International Office UB Devanto Shasta Pratomo, SE., M.Si., PhD. (Coordinator of International Student Admissions) and Fadli Robbianto Basuki, S.E. (Permit Services Staff), Vice Dean I of FCS UB, the Heads of Departments of FCS UB, the Head of Administration of FCS UB, foster parents from Poncokusumo Village, lecturers, and other invited guests.
The event was opened by the National Anthem of Indonesia Raya by all attendees, continued by Reog Ponorogo Dance performed by two DRI students namely Gidiao Silva from East Timor and Randrianarimalala Haingo Julianah from Madagascar, and reports from the Head Language Division as the Committee Chairman of DRI Program FCS UB, Rizki Nufiarni, M.A.
After that, the Dean of FCS UB gave his speech. In his speech, the Dean of FCS UB delivered several things, “I as the Dean of FCS UB should be proud because the purpose of this Dramasiswa Program is in harmony with the vision and mission of FCS UB, which is Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi, including Education, Research, and Community Service in the field of language and culture. Through the Language Division, Laboratory of Humanities FCS UB, these 11 students have learned Indonesian language and culture not only in class but also in contextual practice in the society.”
“My hope is that when returning to each country, the students become Indonesian Language and Culture Ambassadors in their countries,” continued the Dean of FCS UB.
In addition, UB’s Rector, Prof. Dr. Ir. Nuhfil Hanani AR., MS. in his speech hoped that Darmasiswa students could not only promote Indonesian culture but also promote Universitas Brawijaya after they go back to their own country. He also expected that Darmasiswa program could be better in the future.
The event continued with the presentation on the activities of DRI batch 2017/2018 at FCS UB, continued with the handover of certificate and academic transcript indicating that currently the DRI students have officially become alumni of Universitas Brawijaya in Darmasiswa RI batch 2017/ 2018.
In appreciation of outstanding DRI students, FCS UB also rewarded those who won national and local competition, both academic and nonacademic fields. DRI students who achieved academic achievement are Habibuddeen Luebaeteh (Thailand) the 1st winner of Indonesian Speech Competition for Foreign Speakers at the national level, Roman Pavliuk (Ukraine) 1st place of SLICE competition (Semarang LIA International Competition and Exhibition), and Kyungin Kim (South Korea) 2nd winner of National Writing Competition. While in the non-academic field, there are Habibuddeen Luebaeteh (Thailand) and Kyungin Kim (South Korea) as the 1st winner of men’s doubles Table Tennis champion in FCS Cup, Kyungin Kim (South Korea) in the 2nd place of Badminton man single champion in FCS CUP, Nurma Tayoh (Thailand), the 2ns place of Badminton women champion in FCS Cup, and Mohammeda-Hadi Ibrahim Bosha Ahmed (Sudan), the 2nd winner of run in 100m race in FCS Cup.
The next event was the speech from Husnee A-Buwah (Thailand) followed by the performance of skilled students of DRI who got achievement to reach the national champion. Beginning with Habibuddeen Luebaeteh (Thailand) with his speech entitled ‘Saya Cinta Indonesia‘ or ‘I Love Indonesia’ which led him to be the champion of Indonesian Speech Contest for Foreign Speakers nationally representing UB.
Still with student achievement, the event was continued by the student performance which became the 1st winner of SLICE competition on video presentation of ‘Aku Cinta Tiga Warna‘ by Roman Pavliuk (Ukraine). The event was interspersed with Gamelan performances by DRI students. This Gamelan is one of extracurricular activities learned by DRI students.
The next appearance was Kim’s Story. The story was written by Kim Kyungin (South Korea) in a national writing competition that led him to become the 2nd champion representing UB with the theme of lifting the values of the story ‘Bawang Merah Bawang Putih‘ in everyday life. The last appearance is Maumere Dance performed by all DRI students guided by Tanya Patel (India), continued by photo session.
Darmasiswa RI Program
Darmasiswa RI Program is an annual scholarship program provided by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia for foreign students from countries that establish diplomatic relations with Indonesia to learn the language, art, and culture of Indonesia. The students of Darmasiswa RI Program are placed in several high-rises in Indonesia.
Language Division, Laboratory of Humanities Faculty of Cultural Studies Universitas Brawijaya get the honor of organizing Darmasiswa RI Program for academic year 2017/2018 for the first time, along with five other universities. Universitas Brawijaya gets the most number of participants that is 14 people, but three of them cannot join this program because of immigration problems and other technical obstacles.
Those 11 students of Darmasiswa RI Program Batch 2017/2018 are Roman Pavliuk from Ukraine, Kyungin Kim from South Korea, Randrianarimalala Haingo Julianah from Madagascar, Izatullo Kurbonov from Tajikistan, Gidiao Silva from East Timor, Afsana Ali and Tanya Patel from India, Mohammeda-Hadi Ibrahim Bosha Ahmed from Sudan, Nurma Tayoh, Husnee A-Buwah and Habibuddeen Luebaeteh from Thailand.
In addition to Indonesian Language lessons for Foreign Speakers, Darmasiswa RI program Universitas Brawijaya is also designed to introduce Indonesian culture, by learning to make batik and visiting temples, Indonesian art by learning Reog Ponorogo dance and Javanese Gamelan.
It was also given insight into multiculturalism in Indonesia through an assimilation program with Poncokusumo villagers for three days. In that program, students gain experience living with foster families in Indonesia.
They also visited orphanages where students prepared and presented events to entertain the orphans. (DT/MSH/PSIK FIB)