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PPI New Zealand: Bridging Cultures and Strengthening Solidarity Among Indonesian Students

Selasa, 21 Mei 2024 - 03:29 | 18.60k
The member of PPI New Zealand after performing the Ratoh Jaroe, Acehnese traditional dance at the Manaaki New Zealand Scholar Conference 2024. (Photo: PPI New Zealand)
The member of PPI New Zealand after performing the Ratoh Jaroe, Acehnese traditional dance at the Manaaki New Zealand Scholar Conference 2024. (Photo: PPI New Zealand)

TIMESINDONESIA, JAKARTA – The Indonesian Students Association in New Zealand, known as PPI New Zealand, is an organization that serves as a platform for Indonesian students pursuing their studies at various universities in the Kiwi nation. Their presence is not merely institutional but also acts as a bridge connecting Indonesian students with their culture and strengthening the solidarity among Indonesian students in the country.

At the highlight event of the Manaaki New Zealand Scholar Conference 2024 held at the University of Auckland on May 18, 2024, PPI New Zealand showcased its central role in introducing Indonesian culture to the international community. During the Cultural Night, Indonesian students presented a combination of traditional dances and songs from various regions of Indonesia.

Performances included pieces such as Paris Barantai, Ampar-ampar Pisang, Rasa Sayange, and Bungong Jeumpa. The event culminated in the vibrant Saman and Ratoh Jaroe dances, which were enthusiastically received by more than 500 attendees from 54 countries.

The performance coordinator, Rizky Kurnia Wijaya, expressed his pride in introducing Indonesian culture on an international stage. "Proud, emotional, and happy. These three words describe our feelings about this precious opportunity to showcase Indonesian identity to people from across the globe, amidst our busy academic schedules," he said.

Rizky, along with Inayah N. Zahra and other students, had only about three hours to practice together before the performance began. Despite the limited time, they demonstrated dedication and hard work. Prior to this, all students had practiced independently in their respective cities, reflecting the strong spirit of collaboration among them.

PPI New Zealand also plays a crucial role in facilitating communication and coordination among approximately 50 Indonesian students scattered across various universities in New Zealand. These students come from the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Canterbury, University of Waikato, University of Otago, and Lincoln University.

Their participation in the conference not only strengthened the bonds among Indonesian students but also introduced the rich diversity of Indonesian culture to the international audience.

Overall, PPI New Zealand continues to strive to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood among Indonesian students and serve as proud cultural ambassadors abroad. Through activities like this, they not only showcase Indonesia's cultural richness but also highlight the spirit of unity and togetherness that is characteristic of the Indonesian nation. (*)

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