BIPA UMM Accompanying Professors and Officials of South Korean Companies Learning Indonesian Language and Culture

Author : Humas | Monday, February 04, 2019 15:26 WIB
Take a photo together while showing the symbol of Korean-style love "Sarangheo". (Photo: Mirza/PR)

Indonesian Language for Foreign Speakers (BIPA) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) Monday (4/2), received 3 South Korean citizens to learn the Indonesian language and culture. They were Kim Boong Hee, Professor of Economics, Jung Sung Soon, professor of English and Nam Kwak Hong, a senior official.

"Learning Indonesian is not easy. But learning in a short time at BIPA hopefully brings many benefits and knowledge, "said Dr. Arif Budi Wurianto, M.Sc., Head of BIPA UMM delivered a glimpse of the learning that the three would receive. They studied the Indonesian language and culture for a month.

For information, Indonesian had a special attraction for foreigners. According to data from the Language Development and Development Agency of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, in 2017, there were 45 countries and 250 institutions that taught Indonesian. Indonesian was preferred because it had challenges in learning it.

Before arriving at UMM, they had already studied Indonesian for 3 months with Korena Muslim Federation. "We studied for three months. Indonesian is very difficult, but we like it, "said Jung Sung Soon accompanied by laughter. They also, admitted Jung, had been able to memorize various numbers, names of days, months and years.

After learning the language, on Friday, the BIPA UMM team will invite them to learn about Indonesian culture like batik and visiting historical places. For example to the Badut Temple. Also, they were invited to know various traditional works. For example, batik activities will be accompanied by Lembaga Kebudayaan (Cultural Institute) of UMM.

The interest in studying in the Indonesian department was indeed being blaring in South Korea. Almost all major cities in South Korea always had universities that taught at least Indonesian. After learning the Indonesian language and culture at BIPA UMM, they planned to re-teach the students.

Jung also expressed his amazement at UMM. "When I entered UMM, I saw the campus was big and clean. Everything is very good, I like it, "he said. He claimed he would recommend BIPA UMM as a place to learn Indonesian to his colleagues, upon their return to Busan, South Korea. (Win)



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