Last Friday we farewelled the Indonesian delegation who came to Newcastle to explore community engagement at the Family Action Centre and the University more generally. I think it was a successful visit and hopefully we have commenced an ongoing relationship with The Directorate General of Islamic Education.
There is already discussion about the potential for another delegation to come early next year.
Beside meeting the delegates, for me some of the highlights were hearing about the work of the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (including AIM High and the Children’s University) and the tour of the The UoN Legal Centre. The tour of the beach and the visit to Blackbutt to see some local wildlife went down well and it was great to share a meal together at Serambi, a local Malaysian restaurant (Newcastle doesn’t have an Indonesian restaurant) so that we could spend some informal time together.
We were lucky enough to be joined by Chris Dureau, who speaks Indonesian, on the last day to help the delegation reflect on the relevance of the trip to their work in Indonesia.
We finished with a performance by the Wakakulang traditional dance group and the delegation responded with a couple of Indonesian songs.
It took quite a bit of work (and there are quite a few things I would change for next time), but it was a great experience. Thanks to out Indonesian friends, Dee and everybody who helped out.
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