14 Papuan Students Arrive in Russia
Date 29 Oktober 2019
Fourteen Papuan students, Russian Government Scholarship awardees, have arrived in Moscow, Russia, and welcomed by the Indonesian Embassy to Russia’s staffs and the Indonesian Students Association in Russia (PERMIRA) on Friday (25/10).
The students were still showing enthusiasm after long flight from Papua- Jakarta- Moscow on a cold day. After visiting the Embassy, 11 awardees who will study outside Moscow head to their destined cities, among others, Kaliningrad, Tula, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Orel, Voronezh, Volgograd, Petrozavodsk, Cherepovetsk, and Tomsk.
Resina Lokbere, an awardee who will study at Orel State University in Orel, said that she is impressed with the warm welcome from the Indonesian Embassy staffs and Indonesian students in Russia.
“We thank them for the warm welcome which represent Indonesian character, hospitality,” she said adding that she appreciated Indonesian Embassy staffs and Indonesian students in Russia who facilitated them.
She also expressed hope that Indonesian Embassy staffs and Indonesian students in Russia may support and help her and other Papuan students during their studies since they are families.
In the meantime, Deputy Chief Representative of Indonesia for Russian Federation and Belarus Azis Nurwahyudi said that the students also serve as diplomats who promote the country in Russia. He also told them to maintain the reputation of the country, as well as maintain the unity and brotherhood.
“We hope Indonesian students to complete their studies well so they can return to Indonesia and develop the country. I also expect them to strengthen relations between Indonesian and Russian,” he added.
For the record, the Russian Government provides 160 scholarships for Indonesian students each year for bachelor, master, and postgraduates degrees. The number of Indonesian students in Russia continues to increase every year. This year, there are around 650 Indonesian students, including new students, studying in Russia, starting from Kaliningrad in the far west, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Irkutsk, to Khabarovsk and Vladivostok in the easternmost part of Russia.
The Indonesian students, awardees for Russian Government Scholarship, have arrived in Russia gradually since September 2019. Indonesian Embassy to Russia and PERMIRA will help the arrival of the new students. (Indonesian Foreign Ministry/ES)
Translated by : Rany Anjany Subachrum
Edited by : Yuyu Mulyani