Satya Wacana Christian University (SWCU) through the Language Training Center (LTC) is holding another Indonesian Language and Culture Learning Intensive Program (PIBBI). This 70th PIBBI was officially opened by SWCU Vice Rector I Prof. Ferdy Semuel Rondonuwu, S.Pd., M.Sc., Ph.D., marked by the striking of the gong, on Wednesday (4 January) morning in the SWCU LTC Nusantara room.
In the occasion, Prof. Ferdy Semuel Rondonuwu welcomed the 18 PIBBI participants, who were mostly Australian National University (ANU) students. He conveyed that the arrival of the PIBBI participants to Salatiga in January was right when the weather was good. He hopes that all of the participants can enjoy their time at SWCU and with their host families.
Prof. Ferdy Semuel Rondonuwu added that besides at SWCU, the participants can also learn from the daily lives of their host families. In addition, the PIBBI participants are also expected to learn about the cultural diversity in Indonesia, as many of the SWCU students come from various regions all over Indonesia.
“We hope that you all can learn Indonesian language enjoyably and can manage your time well in Salatiga, so that you can get a lot of experiences. I would like to welcome you to Salatiga. Have a good time studying until the end of PIBBI,” explained Ferdy.
The SWCU LTC Director, Johanna Likumahuwa, S.Pd, stated that the 70th PIBBI starts on January 4th and goes until February 14th. The participants consist of 17 students from Australian National University (ANU) and one general participant.
Learn about Language and Culture
“While joining this program, they will learn about Indonesian language and culture. While studying in small classes with 5 levels, they will also learn about culture by choosing pencak silat (traditional martial arts) or cooking classes. In the cooking class, the participants will learn how to cook traditional food using banana leaves,” explained Johana.
Besides that, while these activities are ongoing, the participants will also be encouraged to join non-theoretical classes by visiting various public places like schools, traditional markets, home industries, and other places to interact directly with the society.
Different from before, all of the PIBBI participants’ learning results will be converted into a course that is recognized at ANU. The participants are responsible for writing reports that are based on observations and in-depth interviews of resource persons. The PIBBI participants’ learning results will be presented in a Culture Afternoon event on January 25th.
“We have already arranged 15 teaching staff to support this program. Meanwhile, to facilitate their Indonesian language, the participants will live in residents’ homes during the program with 9 hosts,” said Johana. This activity can also be seen at: suaramerdeka.com and semarangpos.com (at/chis/upk_bphl/photo:chis).