Words from the Attaché

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The education section of 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 generous support to PERMIAS, the Indonesian Students Association in the United States.

The Embassy helps administer the Darmasiswa Scholarship on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Culture. This annual scholarship allows Americans to study Indonesian language or traditional arts at an Indonesian university for either six months or one year.

Since I became the Education Attaché, I have visited most universities in and established excellent working relationships with academic throughout the United States. I have encouraged American and Indonesian academics to cooperate to further the good bilateral relationship between our two countries as well as exchange information and ideas.

Each year, the Embassy hosts around 7,000 American students and their teachers to experience Indonesian culture in our Balai Budaya, or Cultural Hall. We have a complete Javanese gamelan orchestra set and hold regular lessons and performances to further enhance the involvement of Americans in Indonesian culture. We also offer Balinese dance lessons for both children and adults. Lessons in Bahasa Indonesia at various levels are offered by the Embassy in specialist classrooms at our Pusat Kebudayaan Indonesia, or Indonesian Cultural Center.

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