|Proud of Indonesia: The student of UMM from South Korea Lee Ji Ho as delivering about the greatness of natural sources in Indonesia compared to other countries.
Eight foreign students coming from South Korea, Laos, Madagascar, Tiongkok, Aljazeera, and Thailand competed in final Bahasa Indonesia Debate held in theater room, UMM Dome on Monday (11/5). This event held by Unit of Bahasa Indonesia for Foreign Speaker (BIPA) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) was specially designed for students receiving scholarship from Indonesia terms 2014-2015.
They are representatives from all universities throughout Malang in which UMM has been pointed as host. In the final stage, students who have successfully passed a selection stage should deliver a speech themed “Keberagaman Bahasa dan Budaya Indonesia” before hundreds of audiences.
Despite short period they have spent in Indonesia, the participants have apparently recognized the national cultures. “Indonesians are very kind, they treat us (foreign, red) very well. It eases me to communicate with them,” said Seong Min Nam, a student from State University of Malang (UM) coming from South Korea.
Confirming the statement, another South Korea student from University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) Lee Ji Ho expressed his jealous towards Indonesia for having great natural resources (SDA), various cultures and languages. “The question is whether Indonesia could use it wisely,” he explained.
Interestingly, besides recognizing cultures and being able to communicate with Bahasa Indonesia, they have also been familiar with songs, dances, and Indonesia handmade.
Based on final decision from three juries: Khoiru Ummatin, Dalwiningsih from Language Unit of East Java, and Joko Asihono from UMM, there were three winners in this competition. First winner was achieved by UMM student coming from Tiongkok Lhu Chun Hua. Second and third winner were achieved by UM student coming from South Korea Seong Min Nam and student of IKIP Budi Utomo coming from Thailand Potjanan Kinkittikowit respectively.
“I’d like to thank to all Indonesians since having given this such chance, learning Bahasa Indonesia and Indonesia cultures. Ayas suka ngalam (I do love Malang),” said Lhu Chun Hua.
Assistant Rector of International Relationship Drs. Soeparto, M.Pd hoped this competition could lead Indonesia to International in terms of language and culture. (ima/han/t_stu)