Article written by: Edwin Solahuddin
ASEAN-Korea blog correspondent, Indonesia
For eight consecutive years, Center for Korean Studies of Gadjah Mada University (UGM) of Yogyakarta held a workshop on Korea for high school teachers throughout Indonesia from June 19 to 22, 2012. According to the Head of the Center for Korean Studies of UGM, Dr. Novi Siti Kussuji Indrastuti, M. Hum., this workshop is the implementation of cooperation between Indonesia and Korea to disseminate knowledge on Korea to Indonesian high school teachers and students.
The theme of this year’s workshop is “Get to Know the Pearl of Korea Land.” “We want to broaden the awareness of the teachers regarding Korea from various perspectives so that they are able to pass on their knowledge to their students since there are so many valuable lessons can be learnt from Korea,” said Dr. Indrastuti in her welcome speech at Wisma Joglo on Wednesday (6/20) night. High school teachers who were invited to the workshop came from Yogyakarta, Sumatra, Bangka-Belitung, Bali, Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Maluku.
The workshop, which was held in cooperation with Korean Foundation, presented comprehensive discussions on Korea, such as its history, socio-political, language, philosophy and religion, art and culture, economy, as well as technology and modernization. The majority of the speakers of this workshop were well-known academicians who have either studied or lived in Korea and currently teach in Korean Language Department, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Gadjah Mada University such as Prof. Djoko Suryo, Prof. Mochtar Mas’oed, Prof. Dr. Siti Chamamah, Dr. Mukhtasar Syamsudin, Dr. Jumeri, Ratih Pratiwi Anwar, M.Si., and Yuni Wachid Asrori, M.A. There were also speakers from Korea, such as Dr. Ha Jea Hon and Lee Sohoon who speak on Saemaul Undong or development strategy for village community and on Korean movies.
Students of Korean Language Department, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Gadjah Mada
University Performed Korean Dance during the event
In addition to workshop and seminar, there were also Korean film showing and Korean art performances, such as Korean traditional music (samulnori), hansam chum, buchae chum, sword dance and Korean modern dance, as well as singing Korean songs and reading Korean poems, which were performed by students of Korean Language Department, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Gadjah Mada University who beautifully presented Korean art and culture.
Courtesy of Gadjah Mada University