Study in Holland Ambassadors Training in Indonesia
Karen de Man
Thirteen alumni from nine provinces throughout Indonesia took part in the Study in Holland Ambassador training in Jakarta for last week. During the training they also had a fruitful discussion with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Indonesia Rob Swartbol and participation in the annual Holland Scholarship Day. Throughout the end of 2016, Nuffic Neso Indonesia selected 13 alumni out of 60 applicants to be Study in Holland Ambassadors. They are from different areas of Indonesia, including Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Malang, Palu, Padang, Ende (NTT), and Ternate. These alumni are expected to help promote Study in Holland and develop alumni engagement in their respective areas. The training was held for two days at the Erasmus Huis, the Dutch Cultural Centre in Jakarta. On the first day (January 20, 2017), the alumni participated in a full-day workshop which provided them insights on Nuffic Neso Indonesia, Holland alumni activities, and Study in Holland promotion. The morning session was opened by Nuffic Neso Indonesia Director Mervin Bakker, followed by presentations by Alumni Officer Oxalis Atindriyaratri, Liaison Officer Indhira Meliala, and Study in Holland Ambassador 2011 Patricia Susanna, before they took part in an interactive dialogue with the Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia Rob Swartbol. In the afternoon the alumni discussed on alumni events that can be organised in different parts of Indonesia. The Education Advisor of the Dutch Embassy Sarah Spronk also joined the discussion, listening attentively to the presentations. The discussion was followed by another set of presentations on Study in Holland by Team Coordinator of the Education Promotion Inty Dienasari, Student Counsellor Viddy Naufal, and Junior Education Promotion Officer Sofia Yang. Coordinator of the Scholarships Team Indy Hardono also gave a briefing regarding the Holland Scholarship Day where the alumni will be participated in the next day. On the second day they joined the Holland Scholarship Day where they could start practicing their promotion skills at the event, through experience sharing on stage or counselling to prospective students at the booths. The Holland Scholarship Day itself is an annual event promoting scholarships to the Netherlands and also Study in Holland in general. This year's Holland Scholarship Day was attended by almost 800 visitors, showing that there is a great interest in studying in the Netherlands through various scholarship schemes. The alumni were excited in taking part in the training and very looking forward to organise and be involved in alumni activities. Alumni from outside the capital were also equipped with promotion materials so that they could start promoting Study in Holland when they arrived at their hometowns.