The ceremonial opening was launched by the deputy general director of the OeAD, Mr. Ulrich Hörmann who presented the work of the OeAD, the deputy mission Chief Mr. Witjaksono Adji who stressed out the importance of educational work and the role of the OeAD-scholarship holders in a future of their country and the president of the ASEA-UNINET Network Mrs. Prof. Gabriele Anderst-Kotsis who presented the cooperation projects between Indonesian and Austrian higher institutions.
Jessica Virginia, the ASEA-UNINET doctoral researcher who works on the dissertation in the biotechnological field at the University for Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), presented the cultural features and the ancient traditions of the Indonesian islands.
In a framework of the Indonesian Student Association in Austria, organized by the Indonesian Embassy, the young artists performed two national dances which have an old religion related tradition of honouring the gods. Moreover, the guest got a unique opportunity to learn how to play the traditional Indonesian instrument “Anklung” and even performed a joined song with the artists. Following the musical part of the event, the Indonesian Embassy invited the guest to a buffet with served with traditional dishes.
The Indonesian Embassy offers a unique opportunity to learn Indonesian languages for free two times a week and instrumental classes for all who are interested in music and language. Please contact the Indonesian Embassy for more information.