Reporter 442, 8 November 1999
Over fifty of the University’s Indonesian students and their partners attended a reception hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Wilson on October 26. Recent events have left many Indonesians living in Leeds feeling uncertain about the situation at home and the evening allowed the University to offer them support. The evening included a traditional Indonesian dance, performed by Kanti and Agatha (below).
The University has strong links with the democratically elected civilian government of Indonesia and its academic institutions.
Many current students and graduates work at the country's universities, which have promoted the reform and democratisation movement. Leeds graduates also work in the Indonesian media, which is playing an important role in the reform process. Eleven members of the Indonesian Ministry of Education are studying at the University, taking a short course in the School of Education. They are due to meet Foreign Office Minister John Battle MP, when he visits the University later this month.
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