The Government of the Republic of Indonesia offers DARMASISWA SCHOLARSHIP 2019/2020

The Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) is organizing DARMASISWA Scholarship program term 2019/2020 that will be granted for 1 (one) participants from Estonia.

DARMASISWA RI is a scholarship program offered to all foreign students from countries which have diplomatic relationship with Indonesia to study Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia), art and culture in 71 universities in 2019. This program was established in 1974 as part of ASEAN initiative, admitting only students from ASEAN. However, in 1976 this program was extended further to other countries. Until to date, the number of countries
participating in this program is more than 126 countries organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC), Republic of Indonesia.

The main purpose of DARMASISWA RI program is to promote and increase the interest in the language, art and culture of Indonesia among youth of other countries. It has also been designed to provide stronger cultural links and understanding among participating countries

For further information on how to apply the DARMASISWA Scholarship 2019/2020, click: or

or contact call center Darmasiswa RI Secretariat at +6221 5724707 ext. 2616 or by whatsapp +6281291782107, or by email or

Minister For Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia Presented 4 Years of Indonesia’s Foreign Policy Achievements in 2019 Annual Press Statement

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On 9 January 2019, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno LP Marsudi presented the work results of Indonesia’s foreign policies in the last 4 years, in an annual press statement given at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jakarta.

The diplomacy work during this period was summarized in four main diplomatic priorities, namely maintaining the sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia, protecting Indonesian citizens abroad, economic diplomacy, and Indonesia’s role in the region and globally.

“In the last 4 years, border diplomacies and the intensity of border negotiations have been increased and intensified,” said Foreign Minister Retno. It was recorded that Indonesia has carried out 129 border negotiations which resulted in border agreements with Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam and Palau.

Foreign Minister Retno also confirmed that Indonesia would be firm in facing disruption to sovereignty. “Indonesia will not retreat even one inch for the sovereignty of the country, not even one inch,” she said.

Regarding Indonesia’s diplomacy in the Pacific, various cooperation has also been developed, including the cooperation in development, capacity building, maritime cooperation, climate change, and disaster management.

Protecting Indonesian citizens is also a constitutional mandate that must be fulfilled properly. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made this matter as one of the priorities of foreign policies.​

Full speech of 2019 Annual Press Statement:

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The Magic of South Kalimantan Cultural Heritage

The majority of the population in South Kalimantan are ethnic Banjar which consists of three groups, namely Banjar Kuala, Banjar Pahuluan and Banjar Batang Banyu. As one of the largest ethnics in Indonesia, the Banjar tribe has cultural characteristics. The culture in South Kalimantan is a product of adaptation, assimilation and acculturation from the basic culture of indigenous Banjar tribes with Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic cultures.

There are also ethnic Javanese, Madurese and Sundanese who came as migrants. In coastal areas Tanah Bumbu and Kotabaru also dwells ethnic Bugis (Bugis Pagatan) and Mandar originating from Sulawesi. Dayak in South Kalimantan region occupies around the Meratus mountains (Dayak Bukit) and at the bank of the Barito River (Dayak Bakumpai). Other ethnic groups in South Kalimantan, namely the ethnic Arab descent contained in Banjarmasin and Martapura. There are also ethnic Chinese origin who inhabit the area of Chinatown in the city of Banjarmasin and Sungai Parit in Pelaihari (Cina Parit).

The language used in everyday life by Banjarese as a mother tongue and as a lingua franca for the people of South Kalimantan generally is the Banjar language which has two major dialects, namely Banjar Kuala dialects and Banjar Hulu dialect. The Dayak tribes who inhabit the southern region of the Meratus mountains spoke the Dayak Meratus language.

The Jewels of South Kalimantan – Martapura

South Kalimantan is not only known for its unique flora and fauna such as the Bekantan monkeys. Yet, along with India, Borneo has historically been one of the world’s oldest sources of fine jewelries such as diamonds.

Situated some 45 kilometers east of Banjarmasin, the capital of South Kalimantan, Martapura is a sparkling little city literally filled with diamonds and precious rocks mined from inside Borneo’s earth. The city is well-known as the center of the diamond industry as well as the main diamond cutting and polishing venue in Kalimantan, aside from being producers of top quality jewelry.

For those who fancy jewelry and accessories such as necklaces, bracelets, rings, brooches, and various others made from pure diamond, gold, zircon, silver, and many other gemstones, or even of plastic or glass imitations, then Martapura is the place to be.

The quality of Martapura’s jewelry is globally recognized as one of the best in the world. These sparkling treasures of Martapura are best found at the city’s iconic landmark in the diamond and jewelry market of Cahaya Bumi Selamat. Aside from being the showcase of Borneo’s most sparkling rocks, Martapura is also where diamonds and other gemstones are mined and processed.

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Preserving the Unique Biodiversity of South Kalimantan – Bekantan

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Bekantan or in scientific name Nasalis larvatus is a type of long-nosed monkeys with reddish brown hair and is one of two species in a single genus of Nasalis monkeys.

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The main characteristics that distinguish of bekantan from other monkeys are long and large nose which is only owned by male species. The function of large nose on the male bekantan is still not clear, but it may be caused by natural selection. Female monkeys prefer to males with larger noses as a partner. Bekantan are also known as Holland Monkeys, because of their nose.

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Bekantan spread and endemic in mangroves, wetlands and coastal forests on the Borneo island (Kalimantan, Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei). This species spends most of their time on the trees and live in groups of between 10 to 32 monkeys.

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Bekantan can swim well, sometimes seen swimming from one island to another. To support the ability of swimming, there are membranes on the sidelines of bekantan’s toes. Besides expert in swimming, bekantan can also dive in a few seconds, so that the nose is also equipped with a kind of valve.

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Bekantan is the animal mascot of South Kalimantan province.

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