Education and Cultural Attaché at the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, D.C. is dedicated to fostering the excellent bilateral relationship between Indonesia and the United States through education and culture.
We provide support to Indonesians studying in the United States by, among others, providing information about American educational institutions, study-related matters, social activities, advocacy, and assistance in emergency situations. In addition, we provide support to PERMIAS, the Indonesian Students Association in the United States.
The language diplomacy at the embassy provides a sustained Indonesian Language Program for Americans to learn Bahasa Indonesia. Additionally, since the pandemic hit worldwide, we have been providing virtual Indonesian Language Classes for all levels, i.e., beginner, intermediate and advanced.
We also promote Indonesian Language to elementary level in collaboration with DCPS (District of Columbia Public Schools), through the program called as Indonesia Superhero Read-ON program or in short as IS-RON.
We also have streamed the Indonesian Language showcase of the virtual classes through our Facebook page and the popular demand of our educational diplomacy program through webinar namely ‘Bincang Karya or in short is BIANKA, in English is Creation Talks.”
This webinar aims to increase collaborations between the US and Indonesia higher education and to increase the preference of Indonesian to study in the US under Indonesian Government Scholarship, i.e., LPDP.
Over a hundred US universities participated in our webinar from diverse study programs, i.e., STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Social Sciences and Humanities. Through these activities, we have encouraged American and Indonesian academics to cooperate and to further build the good bilateral relationship between our two countries as well as exchange information and ideas.
In strengthening cultural diplomacy, various cultural programs are hosted by the embassy through virtual and in-person mediums, i.e., virtual Javanese singing song, virtual Jaipongan Dance, and Angklung playing.
The embassy launched a two-Angklung-Program that is dedicated to promoting Indonesian traditional musical instruments from West Java to wider audiences in the US. Firstly, the Angklung Goes To School (AGTS) Program is provided to schools in the US. It has reached to many elementary schools in many states in the US. Secondly, the Angklung Goes To America (AGTA) Program has reached communities and universities in the US.
The Academic Diaspora in the US is an integral part of our educational diplomacy. Through the people-to-people (P2P) relationships program, a series of virtual public lectures have been carried out in collaboration with the I4 US-Canada I4 (Indonesian International Scientists Association) and MRPTNI (Majelis Rektor Perguruan Tinggi Negeri Indonesia or Council of Rector of Indonesian State Universities).
Professor Popy Rufaidah, Ph.D
Education and Cultural Attaché