I Am StuNed Officially Launched in Jakarta
I Am StuNed, the alumni forum for StuNed awardees, was officially launched in Jakarta last Sunday, 20 May 2018. The launch was marked by the ringing of the bicycle bells by honorary guests.At least 56 StuNed came to the event from various batches and education backgrounds. They were very enthusiastic with the launch of the alumni forum and could not wait to further contribute through the platform.Prof. Dr. Wardiman Djojonegoro, Indonesia’s Minister of Education and Culture 1993-1998 and Head of StuNed Selection Committee 2005-2009, highly appreciated the alumni initiative to establish the alumni forum. Professor Djojonegoro, who also graduated from Delft University of Technology, said that it was not easy to develop an alumni forum. But I Am StuNed has a noble goal, where they could gather StuNed alumni and discuss together how to solve problems in Indonesia. The event was organised on the occasion of the Welcoming Session of StuNed awardees Batch 18. In front of the new students, Director of Public Diplomacy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Azis Nurwahyudi mentioned that the alumni could share the experience and benefits of studying in the Netherlands to the new students. Azis Nurwahyudi was one of the initiators who encourage the alumni forum, discussing the idea with Nuffic Neso Indonesia in January this year.From an initial meeting in February, a committee was formed and currently they are discussing ways to unlock potentials from StuNed alumni. In his speech, Head of I Am StuNed Immanuel Hutasoit said that through the alumni forum they would like to see alumni experience, insights, and perspectives are acculturated to Indonesians. To realise this, they develop four strategies: to connect, to communicate, to collaborate, and to synergise.Coordinator of Scholarship Team of Nuffic Neso Indonesia Indy Hardono delivered a presentation on StuNed scholarship, including impressions from former students, and how the scholarship developed from a development to bilateral cooperation between the Netherlands and Indonesia. Initiated in the year 2000, StuNed or Studeren in Nederland has sent 18 batches of Masters and short course students to the Netherlands, including several tailor-made trainings. The number alumni to date is at least 4,500 with diverse education and career backgrounds. The launching event was opened by Nuffic Neso Indonesia Director Peter van Tuijl, and apart from the two aforementioned guests, the event was also attended by Director of Nuffic Neso Indonesia in 2007-2011 Marrik Bellen, Head of Scholarship Department of Nuffic Neso Indonesia in 2005-2009 Monique Soesman, and Board Member of Ikatan Keluarga dan Alumni Nederland (IKANED) Prof. Roy Sembel. Education Advisor of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Sarah Spronk and Director of Nuffic Neso Indonesia 2011-2017 Mervin Bakker also expressed their appreciation on the launch of the alumni forum through recorded videos.Prior to the launch, the committee of I Am StuNed held a meeting with the batch representatives, announcing the structure of the committee and encouraging batch representatives to invite more alumni to join the forum.