Berkaca pada kekayaan maritim Indonesia yang mengapit lebih dari 17.500 pulau, Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia Australia (PPIA) sebagai perhimpunan pelajar Indonesia terbesar di dunia kembali mengadakan Indonesia Global Scholars’ Forum atau IGSF 2018 yang mengangkat tema Global Maritime Fulcrum: Assessing Indonesia Policies, Strategies and Position. Kegiatan yang diadakan pada tanggal 23-24 Februari di Perth, Western Australia ini merumuskan sembilan poin rekomendasi mengenai kemaritiman Republik Indonesia.
Pakar-pakar di bidang kemaritiman turut hadir untuk membagikan pandangan dan pengalaman mereka, diantaranya adalah Mantan Duta Besar Indonesia untuk Amerika Serikat, Prof. Dr. Hasjim Djalal dan Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Natalie Sambhi M.A. dari Perth USAsia, Letkol Agus Pramono dari TNI AU, Pakar Ekonomi Murdoch University Prof. Malcolm Tull, Pakar Maritim Universitas Hassanudin Prof. Jamaludin Jompa dan Pakar Ekowisata Universitas Gadjah Mada Prof. Baiquni. Pemaparan oleh para ahli memancing diskusi yang menarik sepanjang sesi dari seluruh peserta forum.
Tema kemaritiman diangkat karena mahasiswa Indonesia di Australia menganggap bahwa kedaulatan maritim Indonesia merupakan salah satu faktor yang dibutuhkan bangsa untuk menjadi negara yang besar dan berdaulat. Menurut ketua PPIA, Brena Dwita Budiart, kegiatan ini merupakan bukti kontribusi dan rasa cinta tanah air 20,000 pelajar Indonesia di Australia. Acara ini diharapkan dapat membuka pikiran mahasiswa akan pentingnya kemaritiman sebagai tonggak kedaulatan Indonesia. “Tidak hanya bersifat seremonial saja, IGSF merumuskan hasil yang lebih nyata. Kami mempersembahkan SEGARA yang berisi sembilan poin rekomendasi untuk Bapak Joko Widodo” ucap Brena yang tengah menyelesaikan studi Master di Australian National University. Dokumen SEGARA ini diserahkan langsung kepada Staf Khusus Kepresidenan, Diaz Hendropriyono, di KJRI Perth, Western Australia.
Diaz Hendropriyono, selaku Staf Khusus Kepresidenan yang juga hadir untuk menerima sembilan poin rekomendasi dari pelajar Indonesia di Australia mengatakan bahwa pembangunan Poros Maritim Global harus juga dimulai dari sisi domestik dengan tidak melupakan fokus internasional. Dengan memerhatikan pada pembangunan infrastruktur yang memadai, maka cita-cita besar bangsa Indonesia sebagai negara maritim akan tercapai dengan lebih mudah.
Terdapat sebelas makalah ilmiah terpilih yang dipresentasikan dalam konferensi ini. “Ada peserta yang berasal dari Indonesia, Australia hingga dari Inggris dengan beragam jenis topik penelitian mulai dari infrastuktur, geopolitik hingga coastal area. Kami melakukan penyeleksian yang ketat agar makalah yang diterima benar-benar memiliki ide yang orisinil dan diharapkan memberikan sumbangsih pemikiran kepada Indonesia”, ujar Hakam Junus, Project Coordinator IGSF 2018. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In Monday, 22 January 2018, you can hear the melody of Angklung, Indonesian musical instruments, around Pop Up Village in Australian National University. This is because a team of Angklung flies all the way from Bandung to do an Australian tour, and Canberra is where they perform that evening. The team is called Muhibah Angklung. They consist of around 42 high school students who are talented and believe in promoting Indonesian culture through music around the world. Having said that, Australia is not their only destination. Their instructor, Sang Maulana, mentions that they have performed around Europe to introduce Angklung to the world, such as 44th Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland, 50th Westerlo International Folklore Festival in Belgium, 62nd International Folklore Festival in Czech Republic, and 48th International Festival of Highland Folklore in Poland.
Canberra is lucky that evening to have such great performers. Starting with some Western songs as the opening act, the audience, Indonesian Diaspora Community in Canberra and Australians interested in Indonesian culture, is humming and dancing to Bee Gees’ How Deep Is Your Love and The Beatles’ Obladi-Oblada. Not only that, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Australia and Vanuatu, H.E. Mr. Y. Kristiarto S. Legowo and Mrs. Caecilia S. Legowo, are also there to enjoy the performance. In his speech, H.E. Mr. Y. Kristiarto S. Legowo emphasises that music is a good pillar to bridge the bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia, because music is a universal language. The President of Indonesian Students Association – ACT Chapter, Yuhan Farah Maulida, also delivers her speech to thank everyone involved in making the event come true, especially the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia in Canberra, Indonesian students community in ANU and UC, and all Indonesian diaspora who have provided accommodation for the Angklung team members.
Muhibah Angklung, then, presents Indonesian traditional songs as well as the dance. They also perform songs like New York New York by Kander and Ebb and ABBA’s Mamma Mia. There are many interactive sessions with the audience, so the atmosphere is very warm and friendly that night. Indonesian students, Indonesian diaspora community, and Australians enthusiastic about Indonesian culture are there to enjoy the night. It feels so much like home in the middle of the bush capital.
Music has been one of my interests. I still remember how I convinced my parents to let me earn a Bachelor’s degree in music, but they kept rejecting this idea. Since it was not easy for a 16-year old me to envision my future career besides being a musician or performer, I thought there was nothing to plan for. So then, at that time I did not strive to achieve what teenagers my age typically dream of: To get accepted in one of the most prestigious state universities in Indonesia. Because I thought, as long as I still could find the way to play my instrument in my future college—wherever it would be, I would be fine.
I am glad I have the opportunity to be an Indonesian Language Teaching Assistant (ILTA) in Curtin Primary School, Australian Capital Territory (ACT). This happens because of an MoU between Indonesian Embassy in Canberra and ACT Government. The Embassy in Canberra has to provide ILTAs for primary schools in ACT, and ACT Government helps to evaluate this cooperation each year by monitoring the activities and communication between ILTAs and Indonesian Language Teachers at schools.
Have you ever thought about your career yet? What have you prepared so far? Today (14/10), PPIA Chapter Macquarie University and PPIA Chapter The University of New South Wales hold a seminar regarding how the young graduates succeed in the professional area. The seminar is called “PPIA VISION 2017”. The committee invites three keynote speakers from large corporations in Australia. They are Nugra Akbari from Telstra, Hendrik Lianto, and Kim Hwang from Certified Professional Accounting (CPA) Australia. This seminar started around 1 p.m. at Chemical Engineering M18 Building, The University of New South Wales, Sydney. (more…)
Soundsekerta 2017 has been successfully held in Melbourne Town Hall, Saturday (16/9). This event is an annual concert held by PPIA Monash University. This year, Soundsekerta 2017 takes the ‘Harmony in Diversity’ as the main theme. Soundsekerta invites RAN, Isyana Sarasvati, and Project Pop as guest stars.
The event started at 7pm and was opened by a performance from klaudspirits and singing Indonesia Raya conducted by Grace Yolanda. After that, speech from the president of PPIA Monash University, followed by the project manager. And then, Madame Dewi Savitri Wahab gives her speech as the Consulate General of Indonesia in Melbourne. (more…)
Spring has come, and Indonesian Students Association – University of Technology Sydney (PPI UTS) holds an event called “Saung Kita” on Saturday, 2 September 2017. Located in UTS Concourse Broadway, Gregorius Bryan, the organiser, says that the event is full of excitement through Indonesian food stalls as well as traditional Independence Day games. One of the games is “shoetalk” where you have to remember whose shoes you have because you have to return it to the owner after you got it randomly. Although it is a bit confusing, this “shoetalk” is able to warm up the day.(more…)
The journey started from Town Hall Station, Sydney, around 8.30 AM to Wollongong. That Saturday, 26 August 2017, Indonesian Students Association in University of Wollongong (PPI UoW) held an event called “Indonesia Independence Day”, located in McKinnon Lawn. To begin with, we sang Indonesian National anthem before the representative from Indonesian General Consulate in Sydney gave an opening remark. Mr.Dicky Djukarja Soerjatamihardja, in his speech, emphasized that the General Consulate is ready to give any support needed for any activities held by Indonesian students in New South Wales. He also added that hopefully this kind of event could strengthen the bond among Indonesian students, especially in Wollongong and surrounds. (more…)
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