As the oldest university in Sydney, University of Sydney is one of the most favorite destination to study for Indonesian students in Australia. They do not only focus on studying, but also be active in the Indonesian Students Association – University of Sydney Chapter (PPIA USyd). This winter, PPIA USyd held a welcoming gathering for the new students who just arrived. It took place on Friday, 11 August 2017 in Room 427, Old Teacher Building, University of Sydney. This event was also publicized through PPIA USyd’s social media, such as Facebook (PPIA University of Sydney) and Instagram (@ppiausyd). Guests came around 5 PM, and the event started at 6.30 pm by having the President of PPIA USyd, Diaz Handoko, deliver an opening remark.

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After the opening remark, Dr. Dyah Pitaloka took the floor as a lecturer of Indonesian studies as well as the founder of Indonesia Talks in the University of Sydney. Dr. Dyah encouraged Indonesian students at the University of Sydney to express their opinion about current affairs in Indonesia through that forum. Indonesia Talks also facilitates Indonesian Language class for Australians, forum discussion, and literature review discussion. She added, “We sometimes play Indonesian classic movies and review them.”

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In this opportunity, the representatives from Indonesian Students Association – Macquarie University Chapter (PPIA Macquarie University) also announced their upcoming charity music concert, “Soundquriang 4” with Indonesian prestigious bands (Nidji and Project Pop) as the guest stars on 1 September 2017. “The ticket sales go to charity for Yayasan Tangan Pengharapan in East Nusa Tenggara,” said Christian, one of PPIA Macquarie representatives.  Also, a quiz was held in the event to strengthen the bonding among them. In Indonesia, the quiz is known as “Family 100”, and the audience was enthusiastic in participating. Each group had five members, and it was a fun thing to do.


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Then, finally, dinner time. The Indonesian students had been waiting for this, because they missed Indonesian food so much. The organizer provided Soto Ayam for dinner. It became a good company in the middle of the chit-chat and laughter among the audience. In the end of the event, they took a group photo. The President of PPIA USyd added, “With the upcoming Indonesian Independence Day, stay tuned in our social media, because we are going to have many events to celebrate one of Indonesian big and historical days.” Around 8 pm, people went home, and the organizer gave away some of their official merchandise on the way out. (ed/qs)

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Sydney, 13 Agustus 2017

Contributor: Bakti Abdillah Putra Rozali