In line with the Dutch Placement Day and European Higher Education Fair, the Holland Alumni Receptions returned this year in four cities: Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, and Yogyakarta. The receptions were a great success, with more than 400 attendees from the alumni community, Dutch Higher Education Institutions, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
This year's theme was "Sustainable Communities for Circular Economy", and to achieve a Circular Economy requires interdisciplinary expertise. The Holland Alumni Network is a vast community with members from very diverse academic backgrounds and professional expertise, and at the Reception alumni had the opportunity to (re-)connect with fellow alumni, Dutch higher education institutions, and the corporate sector.
The second city of the Holland Alumni Reception series was Bandung, and it was held at Courtyard by Marriott in the heart of the city, on November 7, 2018. It rained heavily throughout the afternoon but alumni were still coming enthusiastically to the event, including prominent academics from universities in Bandung. At least 25 alumni came to the Reception, but unfortunately due to the bad weather the airplane that carried most of the Dutch higher education institution representatives was very much delayed and they were not able to come to the Reception on time.
The event was opened by a short introduction on alumni activities by alumni officer of Nuffic Neso Indonesia Oxalis Atindriyaratri, and followed by a presentation on sustainability in relation to innovation and technology by Dinna Fitriyana. She recently graduated from TU Eindhoven on Sustainable Energy Technology and is familiar with Circular Economy.
At the Reception alumni were also encouraged to be more involved in alumni activities associated with sharing of knowledge and expertise, to support a strong and mutually beneficial relationship between Indonesia and the Netherlands. And at the end of the event, alumni was asked to write down their opinion on how to develop a sustainable alumni community.
To see the complete set of photos from the Holland Alumni Reception in Bandung, kindly go to our facebook album here.