Bahasa Indonesia is to be offered as one of the optional foreign language courses in the University of Turku in Finland starting in August 2016. Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia and translates to “the language of Indonesia”. Most Indonesians are often also fluent in another regional language as Javanese, Sundanese and Madurese.
According to the university’s rector, Kalervo Vaananen, more and more people in Finland have became interested in learning Bahasa Indonesia, which is spoken by more than 320 million people.
The University of Turku is one of the oldest higher education institutions in Finland with 25,000 local students and 1,000 international students. Other foreign languages being offered at the university include Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese and Russian.
This comes in the light of the news of an international collaboration between the University of Turku and Indonesia. Indonesia wants to purchase Finnish expertise on pedagogy, the forestry sector, cyber security, and healthcare to develop their own education.
The Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia led a delegation of Indonesian university rectors on a visit to Finland, to further work out the forms of the collaboration.
”As both countries have now agreed on the collaboration, we can begin the university-to-university collaboration. We can, for example, send professors here to learn new things, and we can invite professors from here to come teach us. We have also discussed sending a professor to teach Bahasa Indonesian at the University of Turku,” says Rector Tina Pulubuhu from Hasanuddin University, who led the Indonesian delegation in Turku.
According to the Indonesian ambassador to Finland in Helsinki, Elias Ginting, the offer as Bahasa Indonesia as an optional foreign language course is a strategic effort to introduce Indonesia to the people of Finland.
Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/09/28/bahasa-indonesia-course-be-offered-finland-university.html http://www.utu.fi/en/news/news/Pages/Indonesia-Want-to-Collaborate-with-Finnish-Education-Experts.aspx