International students in Indonesia promote Indonesian language to the world

Mahasiswa asing sedang mengikuti salah satu rangkaian kegiatan dalam 2nd International Student Summit di Unpad Jatinangor (Foto: Tedi Yusup)*

[Unpad.ac.id, 14/11/2013] Introducing one language to the world can be done not only by its native speakers but also by scholars or students studying in the country where the language is spoken. In Indonesia, international university students play a really great role to make Indonesian language widely known to and even spoken by the citizen of the world. The number of international students studying in Indonesian universities shows significant annual increase even though the number is much smaller than the number of Indonesian students studying abroad.

Mahasiswa asing sedang mengikuti salah satu rangkaian kegiatan dalam 2nd International Student Summit di Unpad Jatinangor (Foto: Tedi Yusup)*
Mahasiswa asing sedang mengikuti salah satu rangkaian kegiatan dalam 2nd International Student Summit di Unpad Jatinangor (Foto: Tedi Yusup)*

“There are approximately 8000 international students studying in universities statewide. The number is only one tenth of the number of Indonesian students studying abroad. To increase the number, DIKTI has been taking part in many international education exhibition, endowing scholarship for double degree programs, etc.,” says the Director of Institution and Cooperation Office, Directorate General for Higher Education, Prof. Hermawan K. Dipojono, Ph.D. when opening 2nd International Student Summit at Bale Sawala, Rectorate Building Unpad in Jatinangor on Wednesday (14/11).

At the same event, Unpad vice rector for research, cooperation and community service, Dr. med. Setiawan, dr.. argues that international students bring positive impact for the development of Indonesian language. “In addition to gather international students in Indonesia, this event is to celebrate the international students for their commitment to studying Indonesian language,” says he.

As many as 150 coming from 56 countries, now studying at 26 universities in Indonesia, take part in the summit. They participate in debating and essay writing competitions, International Student Association (ISA) meeting, and ISA’s presidential election. What’s more, they go on a tour to Kawah Putih in Ciwidey, Gedung Merdeka, and Museum Konferensi Asia Afrika.

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