Student from Tajikistan named, Shahboz Hojimatov and Kazakhstan, named Aisulu Moldazhan participate in the Indonesia Arts and Cultural Scholarship (IACS) 2017 which begins on 6 May-21 August 2017. The Programб which was opened by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno L.P. Marsudi, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, aims to create a better understanding of Indonesia's cultural diversity as well as to introduce the young generation coming from all over the world with a variety of unique Indonesian identity and personality, such as respect for diversity, kinship, politeness, tolerance, and openness.
This year's BSBI program takes the theme of "Celebrating Diversity, Harnessing Harmony". In her opening remarks, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi, advised that harmony and diversity must always be maintained by each of us. At the opening ceremony of BSBI 2017, the participants from Tajikistan, Mr. Shahboz Hojimatov, was elected to represent participants from other countries to receive symbolic salutation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.
Reference: The Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship is a program, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, which has been implemented since 2003. In 2017, the program enters its 15th year. During the past 15 years, the activity has produced 718 graduates from 63 countries. The graduates, who are automatically become the friends of Indonesia, also help promote Indonesia's culture and arts in their respective countries of origin. IACS 2017 is participated by 60 young people from 47 countries. For 3 (three) months BSBI participants will be trained at the arts centers, namely Studio Tydif, Surabaya; Sanggar Semarandana, Denpasar; Rumata Cultural House, Makassar; and Sanggar Musik dan Tari Sofiyani, and Veterans University of Yogyakarta (Special Program).