Before meeting with the Ambassador, last Tuesday 6th of September, five selected Argentine awardees of Darmasiswa programme for the academic year of 2011-2012 were invited to a pleasant and rather informal lunch together with the head of the cultural section of the Embassy and staffs. While enjoying the Tuesday afternoon Chinese dish lunch, besides informing the basic procedures regarding the scholarship, other discussions also took place such as their expectations and goals, as well as about the Indonesian culture and the situation of the country itself. Some even expressed their desires to travel and explore various destinations in Indonesia.
The awardees were then received by Ambassador Nurmala Kartini Sjahrir at her office to congratulate each one and simply explain what the awardees might expect during and after their stay in Indonesia. Ambassador Kartini, said that the cities in which they have chosen to study; Yogyakarta, Solo and Bandung - are among the many centres of culture with rich histories and heritage. For instance the cities of Yogyakarta and Solo that are considered to be the centre of Javanese cultural life, with a functioning sultanate/kingdom, historical monuments such as the impressive largest Buddhist temple in the world ; the Borobudur Temple complex, and the long tradition of producing the beautiful batik. In those two cities, Martinez Melina Flavia, Juan Carlos Noodt, Maria Paula Lonegro, and Guadalupe Petersen will be able to observe and experience how the rural lifestyle blends along side modernity and progress. Where as in Bandung, Lucia Vizcaya will appreciate the beauty of the city once called the Paris of Java and known also for its pleasant mountainous fresh weather, creative industry as well as its fashion products. At the end of the chat, Ambassador Kartini wished them a safe trip and hoped to see them again upon their return to share their experiences.
The interest in the Darmasiswa programme for the year 2011-2012 in Argentina has gradually increased and has reached a record of 15 awardees out of 19 applicants, whereas the year before there were only 6 awardees out of a total of 8 applicants.
This year’s awardees are part of over 900 awardees from all over the world selected by the Ministry of National Education of Indonesia to undertake the scholarship programme to learn about Indonesian culture and language.