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Foster School of Business Visited BINUS BUSINESS SCHOOL

To Get Familiar with Indonesian Culture, Foster School of Business
Visited BINUS BUSINESS SCHOOL

Twenty-two MBA students and two escorts from Foster School of Business at the University of Washington visited BINUS BUSINESS SCHOOL (BBS) on Friday (20/3). This visit was part of their immersion trip in Indonesia. By institution, this visit is the second time Foster School of Business visit BBS.

In general, the purpose of this visit is to know more about Indonesia, especially the business-economy and culture. The economic growth together with the rise of industries in Indonesia trigger the curiosity of others – this time is of colleagues from Foster.

As mentioned by Firdaus Alamsjah PhD, the Executive Dean of BINUS BUSINESS SCHOOL, right now the economic condition in Indonesia is very interesting to study. Indonesian industrial developments occur in several sectors, and this condition could affect the economic map not only regionally but also globally. This thing, according to him, could be a lesson to colleagues from Foster to comprehend the global business map.

“Indonesian development at the moment is increasing significantly. Many investors come here to provide the capital.  Furthermore, this condition also invites many workers from foreign countries to work here,” Firdaus said. While explaining, Firdaus asked the colleagues from Foster to feel directly the economic atmosphere that Indonesia experiencing right now.

The similar thing was also felt by the Foster party. In her speech, Dr. Tracey Seslen, a senior lecturer and also the students’ coach, explained their visit to Indonesia that time was due to the business development in Indonesia which was fascinating to study.

“This is our second visit. Many developments occur in Indonesia – day-by-day. We heard a lot of news how Indonesia is developing, especially since the new era of the present government. Many things we could study; not only the business but also the culture,” Tracey said.

After all day going around to some companies in Indonesia – one of them was Garuda Indonesia, the participants were presented with many interesting things of Indonesian cultures by BBS as the host. On that chance, some colleagues from BBS also attended and accompanied the colleagues from Foster.

In the event held at JWC campus, colleagues from Foster were entertained by various Indonesian cultures, such as food, dances, and knowledge about batik. They didn’t only sit still and enjoy the show, but they also participated actively in the activities.

After having an Indonesian meal, the participants were watching a traditional dance from Jakarta (Betawi) known as Lenggang Nyai dance. Not hesitating to perform, they joined the dancers swaying around their bodies when being asked to.

Dancing didn’t make them lose their spirit to know another Indonesian culture – batik. After getting the explanation about batik from Dr. Ir. Indra Tjahjani, a batik observer and practitioner in Indonesia, the participants were engaged into batik workshop so that they could feel the sensation of making batik. This workshop ended their journey of getting familiar with Indonesia – for this time. (RAW)

 

 


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