Photo: National University of Singapore lecturer, Assoc. Prof. Irving Chan Johnson (left), Vice Rector for Planning and Cooperation of ISI Denpasar (Bali) Prof. Dr. I Komang Sudirga, S.Sn., M.Hum. (second from the left), Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts, Dr. I Ketut Garwa, S.Sn., M.Sn. (third from the left), and Coordinator of the Karawitan Study Program, I Nyoman Kariasa, S.Sn., M.Sn. (right), discussing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the Meeting Room of the Rectorate at ISI Denpasar (27/09).
The Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar recently hosted a distinguished delegation from the National University of Singapore (NUS), led by Associate Professor Irving Chan Johnson with his 12 students from the South East Asian Studies Department. This visit was nothing short of a historic moment for both institutions and was warmly welcomed by ISI Denpasar’s Vice-Rector for Planning and Cooperation, Professor Dr. I Komang Sudirga, S.Sn., M.Hum, in the ISI Denpasar Rectorate Meeting Room on Wednesday, September 27, 2023.
Also present is the Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts, Dr. I Ketut Garwa, S.Sn., M.Sn, the Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts, and I Nyoman Kariasa, S.Sn., M.Sn, the Coordinator of the Karawitan Study Program. The primary focus of this gathering was to discuss the draft for the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between the Faculty of Performing Arts at ISI Denpasar and the South East Asian Studies Department at NUS.
Professor Sudirga enthusiastically embraced the prospect of this meaningful MoU with NUS, a venerable institution with a legacy of academic excellence. He enthusiastically outlined the numerous opportunities this collaboration could bring, such as joint research initiatives, seminars, faculty and student exchanges, and various other collaborative ventures that would be mutually beneficial. “NUS stands as a paragon of higher education globally, and this partnership promises an array of advantages for us,” Sudirga elaborated.
Professor Irving, proficient in Indonesian and Balinese, expressed his optimism about the prospective MoU as a conduit for fostering profound cooperation between the two esteemed universities. Following discussions regarding the draft MoU at ISI Denpasar, Professor Irving pledged to submit it for a thorough review by the Head of the Department of Asian Studies at NUS. “Upon receiving approval from our department head, we can officially seal this momentous agreement,” assured the professor. In the spirit of cultural exchange and synergy, students from NUS’s South East Asian Studies Department had the privilege of participating in an engaging Balinese dance workshop. This lively event took place at the I Ketut Reneng Dance Studio in ISI Denpasar. Under the expert guidance of the Dance Study Program Lecturer, I Wayan Sutirtha, S.Sn., M.Sn, students were introduced to the fundamentals of Balinese dance, including movements such as ngumbang, agem, angsel, piles, and ngeseh. The students’ enthusiasm and receptiveness to the intricate dance forms were truly remarkable and indicative of the cultural bonds being forged. (ISIDps/PR)
Photo: Students from the South East Asian Studies Department, NUS took part in a Balinese Dance workshop at the I Ketut Reneng Dance Studio, ISI Denpasar, (27/09)