University of Muhammadiyah Purwokerto with the vision of World Class University has its own program designed to provide language course for non-native speaker of Indonesian language. It is BIPA program initiated by International Affairs Office of UMP that provides the language course. BIPA program of UMP gladly welcome to accept many foreigners willing to study Bahasa Indonesia as well as Indonesian culture.
(Galia Todorova observing Pura Giri Kendeng, Kemranjen)
BIPA Programme (Bahasa Indonesia untuk Penutur Asing) of Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) has some international students including the one from Bulgaria. Galia Todorova, a Bulgarian studying Bahasa Indonesia in UMP, is always interested in Indonesian culture. Hence, BIPA Programme of UMP facilitates her to get to know further about it. Galia was curious to know whether the Hindu people living in Banyumas had any relation to those in Bali because she had been to Bali several times in the late of last decade. In addition, the Bulgarian knew many things about Hindu such as their ceremonies, their way of worshipping, etc.
BIPA Program (Bahasa Indonesia for non-native speakers) of Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) is getting more advanced in less than 4 years. It is proven by the increase of foreign students taking this course. The head of International Affairs Office, Santhy Hawanti, Ph.D., said that since established in 2012 BIPA has received positive responses from society. It is reported that more than 50 participants have joined the language program. “They come from USA, Netherland, New Zealand, Morocco, Bulgaria, Korea, China, and Thailand,” Mrs. Santhy said.
BIPA (Bahasa Indonesia for the Speaker of Other Languages) Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) shows its existence to the world. Last year, Santhy Hawanti, Ph.D., the Director of International Affairs Office, taught Bahasa Indonesia at Sofia University, Bulgaria through the SAME (Scheme for Academic Mobility and Exchange) BIPA (Bahasa Indonesia untuk Penutur Asing) Program from Kemenristek Dikti (the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education) of Republic of Indonesia.
Bahasa Indonesia untuk Penutur Asing (BIPA) Program of Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) was officially established in 2014. Since then, the program has developed very rapidly due to the support from the university. Up to now, BIPA Program UMP has 18 lecturers who are all certified and competent.
Novi Haryanti, M.Pd., one of BIPA lecturers of UMP, is currently teaching Bahasa Indonesia in Santichon Islamic School, Bangkok, Thailand. She was assigned by the Center of Strategy and Language Diplomacy Development of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Republic of Indonesia. Novi has been teaching in the school since the middle of this year.
This Friday Morning, December 30, 2016, Hyu Si Jin, a Korean housewife living in Purwokerto, went to Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) to study Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia). She is a student of BIPA (Bahasa Indonesia for Non-Native Speakers) Program UMP. Jin has lived in Purwokerto for four months with her husband who works in a Korean-owned company in Purbalingga and has been in the city 9 years earlier than his wife.