|Toni teaching in diplomatic debriefing (Photo: Special)|
For about 24 foreign students from several countries participate in a Diplomatic Scholarship RI debriefing in University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), Friday (5/7). They were from Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Thailand, Ukraine, Egypt, Yemen, and the United States of America. The students were provided with knowledge about Indonesian language and culture insight, which will be introduced in their countries.
These foreign students are currently participating in the Developing Country Partnership Scholarship (KMB) and the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture Scholarship held at thetechnical implementation Unit Indonesian Language for Foreign Speakers (BIPA) UMM. “After graduating from the University of Muhammadiyah Malang, they will become ambassadors of Indonesian Culture and Tourism in their respective countries,” said Dr.Arif Budi Wuryanto, M. Si as the head of BIPA UMM.
For one week, they were also introduced with various musical instruments, traditional clothes until learning to dance. Toni Dian Effendi, M.Si the lecturer of International Relations (HI) Department UMM becomes the first speaker in the debriefing. This lecturer who has been to Japan also delivered the required progress as a prospective diplomat in three stages. These stages must be completed for the prospective diplomats.
The first is recognizing Indonesia in order to present a positive impression. Next, their participation in learning about Indonesia until the students come up with interest to learn. “The last is the stage of understanding of Indonesia. And a contribution form as a diplomat for Indonesia is a least they can explain Indonesia,” said this HI UMM lecturer.
“Not just as an Indonesian Ambassador, they can be UMM Ambassador later. So when they return to their countries, they are ready to be an information center of Indonesia and also introducing UMM in their countries,” said Dr. Ratih Juliati, M.Si Special Rector Assistant for Cooperation Planning and Development at the opening of the program.
The participant from Egypt, Rania, said that the class she attended was very interesting because she learned a lot about being an Indonesian with characteristic. By displaying this attitude, continued Rania, foreigners will be interested in visiting and learning Indonesian culture and language. “By being a good person, the perception of your country is also good,” she said fluently in Indonesian language.
At her birth place Mansoura, Egypt, few people know about Indonesia especially its culture. “I want to send this culture, Indonesian culture, to my city and make them want to come here. Even though our language is different, through the hospitality of the Indonesians I learned here, I am sure foreigners, especially people from my country are interested in coming to Indonesia,” he said. (joh)