Foreign Students Know Indonesian Culture

Kompas, page 15

University of Muhammadiyah Purwokerto held Summer Camp 2017 for overseas students to recognize Indonesian culture. It is expected that the three-day activity could further promote a peaceful and beautiful Indonesia in the international world. Head of the Office of International Affairs of Muhammadiyah University of Purwokerto Shanty Hawanti said Summer Camp 2017 is also expected to be a means to know the Muhammadiyah Purwokerto Campus which although is Islam-based it is open to renewal and introduce Islam that loves diversity and differences.

Summer Camp 2017 is held on May 18-20 and followed by 26 foreign students who are studying in Indonesia. They are from 15 countries, namely Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, India, China, South Korea, France, Timor Leste, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ecuador, Ukraine and Belize.

Summer Camp 2017 Event Coordinator Novi Haryanti conveyed the activities are presented in the form of competitions, such as food decorating and Q & A about Indonesia. There is also a visit to the local specialty food industry and work together with the people of Kemutug Kidul Village, Baturraden.

Deepak Gautam (27), an Indian student studying language and cultural arts at Yogyakarta State University, said he was interested in joining the event because he wanted to get closer to the culture and diversity in Indonesia. He admitted he was impressed with Yogyakarta where he lived for the last 8 months. Deepak is interested in learning Indonesian language and culture because there are some similarities with India. In Indonesia there are also Hindus like in India.

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