On 14-16 October 2019, Foreign Ministry held the First World Indonesianist Congress hosted by Yogyakarta State University. This event also involves several partners from Gadjah Mada University; Yogyakarta State University; Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education; Indonesian-Yogyakarta Art Institute; and the Government of Special Region of Yogyakarta.

The theme of congress is “Building a Better Future of Indonesia: Toward a Tolerant, Vibrant, and Creative Society” which held to raise the knowledge of Indonesian culture through the Indonesianist’s point of view.  The event inaugurated with Welcoming Remark by Dr. Abdurrahman Mochammad Fachir as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.

Generally, “Indonesianists” derived for academics, researchers or foreigners who have a keen interest in Indonesian issues.  The congress attended by more than 400 academics, researchers, and international students who studied in various fields of study, as well as lecturer-guests from some prominent institutions in Indonesia, including the United States, Australia, Gambia, Germany, Myanmar, Russia, China, East Timor, South Korea, Japan, Jordan, and many more.

“There are three sectors Indonesianist could contribute to our country; strengthening the nation’s identity, helping to enhance the human capital and saving the transformation of the Indonesian economy. Moreover, the young generation has a significant role in dealing with those areas. Hopefully, with this event, our millennial can take their part to build Indonesia better,” said Mochammad Fachir.

1The congress continued with the Plenary Session on 15 October 2019 and presented several prominent speakers. There is Lt. Gen. (ret) Agus Widjojo (Governor of Lemhanas); Dr. Siswo Pramono, LL.M (Head of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs BPPK); Dr. Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayatin, MA (Presidential Special Staff on International Religious Studies); M. Fajrin Rasyid (Co-Founder & President of Bukalapak); Luwi Saluadji Purbodiningrat (KADIN Indonesia); Ade Putri Paramadita (culinary expert) and many more. Meanwhile, on the last day, the Panel Session started to discuss the findings of young Indonesianists through the presentation.

On this occasion, UMY dispatched its international students to become delegates during the congress. Among them came from Fiji, Bangladesh, South Korea, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Tajikistan, and many more. By attending this prestigious event, UMY hopes the international students who are studying will become more sensitive to the new environment and explore Indonesia through their focus of field (af)