New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

The New Zealand Chapter of the Indonesian Students Association (PPI Selandia Baru) established

For the first time, the Indonesian students in New Zealand held a congress and established the New Zealand Chapter of the Indonesian Students Association (PPI Selandia Baru). The event took place at the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington. William Huang, a student at Canterbury University, was elected as the Chair of the Presidium of PPI Selandia Baru.

The election included as voters the Indonesian students who are currently studying for their bachelor’s, masters’ and doctorate studies in six New Zealand education cities: Auckland, Canterbury, Dunedin, Hamilton, Palmerston North, and Wellington. Now, there are about 300 Indonesian students studying at a number of New Zealand higher education institutions.

The Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand, A Agus Sriyono on Sunday (27/3/2011) said that the establishment of PPI Selandia Baru would provide a venue for cooperation and networking amongst the Indonesian students in New Zealand. The Ambassador also hoped that when the students returned to Indonesia, not only should they bring the knowledge and skills that they had learned in New Zealand, they should also bring home their international networks.

Ambassador Agus Sriyono stated that there were three priorities that would be pursued by the Indonesian Embassy in New Zealand; that is, the improvements in trade, education, and labour. In education, the Indonesian Embassy would ask the New Zealand Government to increase the number of scholarships so that there would be more Indonesian students doing their graduate work in New Zealand.

Author: Tri Harijono, editor: Tri Wahono, from kompas.com.

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