The Thailand Embassy for Indonesia hosted “The 2019 Thai Students Get Together in Yogyakarta” in association with Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY). This event was meant to gather students of Thailand who are currently studying in Indonesia. The event was held in the AR Fachrudin B Building of UMY Central Campus on Satuday (14/9).
This annual event was made by the Thailand Embassy to show that they care about their students who are currently studying in Indonesia. Most of the students were from the Southern Thailand Provinces and they were gathered in UMY. For this event, the Thailand Embassy hoped to increase students’ the chances of getting a job after they have finished their studies in Indonesia.
“We wanted to give a chance for the students to get a job in Thailand or Indonesia after they have finished their studies. They could apply for jobs the many corporations in Indonesia, or in Thailand corporations in Indonesia. In addition, we try to give them a chance to get a scholarship from the Thailand government,” stated H.E. Songphol Sukchan, the Thailand Ambassador for Indonesia after the event.
Songphol implored the Thai students to not waste their time in Indonesia by studying hard and get as much benefit as they can from Indonesia. Songphol stated that Indonesia has a developing E-Commerce scene, something he wishes the Thai students can learn and apply in Thailand.
“I truly wish they can study more diligently and learn much from Indonesia. Indonesia has a rapidly-developing E-Commerce, and Start-up Business, and Unicorn scene. I hope that the Thai students can apply the knowledge about the rapidly-developing technology in Thailand and improve our country,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ir. Gunawan Budiyanto M.P, the rector of UMY, pointed out the diversity of Indonesia and hopes that the Thai students can explore that diversity as a knowledge. “There are 13.466 islands, 1.340 races, and 700 languages in Indonesia, and yet we are united in “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” (Unity in Diversity). The students from Thailand can see said diversity as a valuable lesson, so see how difficult it is to regulate such a vast territory. They must be able to compromise and learn here,” Gunawan stated.
The activities weren’t limited to a seminar. It was followed by outbound activities in the form of friendly competitions in the UMY Central Campus fields, followed by a Thai-themed dinner on the ground floor of UMY’s K.H Ahmad Dahlan mosque. “I would like to thank the Rector of UMY and all its personnel for their help to make this annual event a success, we truly appreciate their help,” Songphol concluded. (Hbb)