Holland Alumni Reception 2018 in Jakarta
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.The Reception in Jakarta was the biggest, with more than 300 attendees which includes the evening's honourable guests Minister of Environment and Forestry Mrs. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mr. Ferdinand Lahnstein, Director General of Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Mr. Ruandha Agung Sugardiman, and Chief Financial Officer of Bank Syariah Mandiri Mr. Ade Cahyo Nugroho. Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar is an ITC - University of Twente alumna, while Mr. Sugardiman is a Wageningen University alumnus and Mr. Nugroho graduated from Erasmus University Rotterdam. There were also more than 200 alumni and representatives and professors from 15 Dutch higher education institutions, officials of Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands attended the event. It was held at Wisma Antara on November 9, 2018, right after the Dutch Placement Day Jakarta.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.This message was clearly conveyed by the Minister of Environment and Forestry Mrs. Siti Nurbaya Bakar during her inspiring keynote speech. She further explained that the interdisciplinary expertise in the Holland Alumni Network fits the required modalities for Circular Economy, and it can lead to many possibilities in developing interdisciplinary ideas which may contribute towards a Circcular Economy in Indonesia. The Reception was officially opened by Director of Nuffic Neso Indonesia Peter van Tuijl, who expressed his wish for the evening to be a platform for a lively bond and engagement among alumni, the Dutch higher education institutions, and guests from the relevant sectors. The opening was followed by a remarks by the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mr. Ferdinand Lahnstein, who mentioned that the Netherlands have been invested a lot in Indonesia in particular through education and knowledge transfer so that in the future Indonesia and the Netherlands can tackle global challenges together. Prior to the opening speeches, the Reception held a panel discussion with chairs and member of executive board of established alumni associations in Indonesia, i.e. Member of Executive Board Wageningen University alumni chapter in Indonesia Bambang Suryokusumo, Chair of Ikali (Ikatan Alumni Leiden University di Indonesia/Leiden University Alumni Association in Indonesia) Mutiara Indriani, and Chair of I Am StuNed (Ikatan Alumni StuNed/Alumni Association of StuNed Awardee) Immanuel Hutasoit. The discussion was moderated by Director of Nuffic Neso Indonesia Peter van Tuijl and it discussed the history of the establishment of the alumni associations, including their challenges. To see the complete set of the photos from the event, kindly go to our facebook album here.