UNSW Canberra Student receives the First Prize in the Indonesian National Speech Contest in Australia

17.06.16

Recently the Indonesian Embassy, Australia invited the UNSW CBR Indonesian Studies Program to nominate two of our third-year Indonesian Studies major students to participate in a national Indonesian language speech contest at the university level.  I am delighted to announce OCDT Sean Gallagher has won the first prize and OCDT Tingting Luo has won the third prize nationally. The competition drew students from other Australian universities.  The Indonesian embassy has praised their achievements in the Indonesian mass media.

The first prize is a fully-funded trip to participate in the Independence Day ceremony at the Presidential Palace (15-20 August 2016) in Jakarta to represent Australia.  It is one of the most important national ceremonies held annually in Indonesia. Subject to approval he will to take part in the cultural immersion activities in Indonesia, coordinated by the Ministry of Education of the Indonesian government. Sean will be travelling with other international students from 18 countries. 

The success of their achievements is thanks to the supporting learning environment at UNSW Canberra and ADFA (Indonesian language trip and Indonesian Cultural Immersion day on campus (Indonesia Day). 

Last year Sean and Tingting, together with other students went to an immersion course at University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia funded by the Australian Government Mobility Grants as part of our 2nd-year Indonesian language course (ZHSS2302). They also both actively took part in the inaugural Indonesia Day last October where the Indonesian Ambassador kindly came to act as a jury of the on-campus Indonesian speech contest.  He was impressed with our students’ Indonesian language competence, which was widely reported in the Indonesian media.  We are planning the Indonesian Language Study Trip funded by the Mobility Program and the 2016 Indonesia Day is planned on 17 Oct 2016, Monday.

This is an outstanding achievement of our students’ learning at UNSW Canberra, credit to university and ADFA to facilitate students’ learning. 

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