|Dr. Ly Quyet Tien afterdeliver his speech on the agenda of the International Seminar (Photo:Special)|
Indonesian Language and Literature Education Masters Program(PBSI) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) in cooperation with Open University of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam were organizing an International Seminar. The theme of this seminar is “Strengthening the Existence of Indonesian Language and Literature as a Culture and National Identity through Education” that held at GKB 4 Auditorium, Thursday (25/4).
This event was one form of support for the Government regulations in improving the function of Indonesian language into an international language. “The role of Indonesia in the International Relation and known by other nations, makes Bahasa Indonesia becomes the identity of the country that remains until today,” said Dr. Ekarini Saraswati, M.Pd., executive coordinator.
“We can see now that Bahasa Indonesia for Foreign Speakers (BIPA) UMM has much cooperation with many foreign parties. So that we need a seminar to strengthen Bahasa Indonesia position in another country,” said Ekarini. The enthusiasm of other countries in following the development of the Indonesian language is growing rapidly. The Indonesian language is being studied in more than 45 countries.
In Vietnam for example, teaching staff PBSI UMM was invited several times to teach there, said Ekarini. The Open University Ho Vhi Minh itself was learning and understanding the Bahasa Indonesia in particular. Moreover, that university has their Bahasa Indonesia curriculum,” she said in her speech.
“The cooperation in organizing this seminar was a chance for us to speak and learn about language, culture, and literature of Bahasa Indonesia in UMM. I hope that UMM can accept our invitation to come and teach Bahasa Indonesia in Vietnam,” said Dr. Ly Quyet Tien, as the representative of Open University Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam in his speech.
Dr. Daroe Iswatiningsih, M.Si, as one of the speaker said that Bahasa Indonesia as the identity of the nation needs a supporting instrument such as appreciation of government policy on literature, the role of school and parents in introducing them. “The existence of Bahasa Indonesia need to be preserved, fostered and developed. So, this country identity will not extinct in the Global Era,” she said.
This seminar was also presenting other speakers, such as Dr. Ribut Wahyu, M.Pd (Head of PBSI Magister Department). Dr. Daroe Iswatiningsih, M.Si. (Head of UMM Cultural Institute), Momen Magdy Abdelhak (Egypt), Abdullah Abdul Raoof Taha Al-Matri (Yemen), Ly Quyet Tien (Vietnam), Dr. Arif Budi Wurianto, M.Si (Head of UMM UPT BIPA), Suhainee Saah (Thailand), and Kevin Barr (America). (joh)