On Friday (26/08), the Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies Universitas Gadjah Mada (CESASS UGM) held the Southeast Asian Chat (SEA CHAT). This is the 29th SEA CHAT after several months of this agenda being postponed due to the pandemic. This agenda is a routine agenda organized by CESASS UGM to discuss countries in Southeast Asia and social, political, economic and cultural issues. The presentation of the discussion material was carried out by M Dwiki Mahendra, an International Relationship student in Universitas Pembangunan Nasional “Veteran” Yogyakarta and also an intern in CESASS UGM.
On July 21, 2022 The Centre for South-East Asian Social Studies UGM hosted “Thailand day” – an inter-university event aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation between the Gadjah Mada and Thammasat Universities. The event was held in the frameworks of a larger PSSAT initiative known as “Country in Focus”, which takes place annually since 2014.
During “Thailand day”, six Thai students, who are on internship in PSSAT UGM in June-July 2022, shared their country’s culture with other interns and employees of the Centre. Interns from Thailand made a presentation about Songkron day and provided the guests with the basic information about Thai culture in general. On top of that, they taught all the participants some phrases in Thai language and showcased their skills of performing traditional Thai dances.
After a long break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CESASS has resumed accepting students from foreign universities to participate in the SEA-Gate (Southeast Asian Culture and Language) program. This year CESSAS was visited by students from Thailand and a professor from South Korea.
From June 13 to July 29, 2022, eight students of Thammasat University, majoring in Southeast Asian Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts, followed the SEA-Gate program at CESASS UGM.
On June 13, 2022, at the welcoming session the Acting Director CESASS UGM Prof. Dr. Phil. Hermin Indah Wahyuni warmly greeted the Thammasat students and wished them to take advantage of 2 months in Indonesia so as to improve their language skills and immerse themselves in Indonesian culture.