On the 20th-22nd of March 2014, Eastern Indonesia hosted its first International Education and Culture Fair. This event was held in Kupang, in the province of Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT).
The first two days promoted international study and scholarship opportunities to students throughout the province. This was met with a great deal of interest; especially as information rarely reaches the more disadvantaged parts of developing countries but is more often captured by elites.
The third day was all about international culture. This featured a number of cultural performances showcasing traditional culture from NTT. There were also performances from bands who had come from overseas such as B2M (an indeigenous Australian band).
MITRA + ESE team and organising committee for the event - Photo courtesy of Prof Geoff Dews
Equal Student Exchange (ESE) Fair 2014 in Eastern Indonesia
Through the efforts of the working teams and committee - the 2014 ESE Fair was a great success. This was the first time an event like this has ever been held in Eastern Indonesia. Furthermore, due to the success it will now become an annual event. We hope that this initiative supported with information from ESE will make a positive contribution to the lives of communities in Eastern Indonesia.
We would like to thank a number of partners:
The international office of Nusa Cendana University as head of the event.
Our venue partner Subasuka Paradise.
The indigenous Australian band Bathurst to Melville (B2M) for bringing their musical talent to NTT (covered by the ABC) and by the Australian Embassy in Indonesia (who also supported the event).
The event also hosted a number of other guests such as:
- The New Zealand Embassy and NZ Government Scholarships
- Australian Embassy and Australia Asia Awards
- DAAD (Germany)
- Nuffic (Netherlands)
- Various universities
And many others...