On Tuesday, January 5, 2016, the Indonesia Alumni of Kyushu University association held a symposium in Jakarta, Indonesia, which was attended by 100 former international students of the university.
Visiting from Japan, university president Dr. Kubo opened the symposium by saying, “This is a much bigger event than I’d imagined. Let’s have an enjoyable evening.” Following on from this, Executive Vice President and Secretary-General Masayuki Shibata called on the participants to “cherish the ties between you as alumni. Please play an active role in Kyudai’s activities.”
After the symposium, 20 Indonesian alumni attended a social event at which all present sang the student song “Matsubara ni” with great gusto. Attendees of all ages and nationalities then talked fondly of their memories of their student years.
More than 100 Indonesian students study at Kyushu University every year, one of the highest figures of any national university in Japan. In terms of the country of origin of our international students, Indonesia is in third place behind our neighbors China and South Korea, so it would be fair to say that we are a big presence in each other’s lives.
Alumni who have returned to their home country after studying at Kyushu University are active in a wide range of fields, most notably Dr. Unggul Priyanto, Chairman of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology[A1], and Dr. Nurdin Abdullah, Regent of Bantaeng Regency in South Sulawesi Province, who has played a key role on the front lines of politics and public finance.
Mr./Ms. Sunbako, Chair of the Indonesia Alumni of Kyushu University said, “I would like to deepen these exchanges going forward and use such occasions to promote the development of both Japan and Indonesia.”