10 September 2019 – Lembaga Bahasa Universitas Sanata Dharma had a chance to welcome the Victorian Young Leaders (VYL) students from Australia. This new program is the result of the sister city meeting between the Yogyakarta and Victoria governments. This pilot project helped by the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) in organizing all of the activities in Yogyakarta. VYL students come from several schools from Australia. They are Warrnambool Secondary College, Melbourne High School, Surf Coast Secondary College, Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College, Lavers Hill K-12 College, Lara Secondary College, Marcellin College, Oberon Secondary College, and Newcomb Secondary College.

Ibu Ria Lestari, the head of Lembaga Bahasa, was the first speaker on the welcoming speech. She was the representative of Sanata Dharma University. Then, Bapak Adrian Budiman, the ACICIS Resident Director, became the second speaker. He explained about this program and why it was held in Yogyakarta. The next speaker was Bapak Arif Hidayat, the head of Dinas Perizinan dan Penanaman Modal (Licensing and Investment Department). He wished that by this pilot project, there will be more project that is going to be held between Yogyakarta and Victoria governments. The last speech was delivered by Ibu Isti Triasih, the head of Bidang Pendidikan Dinas DIKPORA (Education Division of Education, Youth, and Sport Department) Yogyakarta.

The opening ceremony was held at Ruang Kundjono Gedung Pusat Universitas Sanata Dharma. It was started at 12.30 and finished at 14.00.  The students would study Bahasa Indonesia in Lembaga Bahasa Universitas Sanata Dharma for 1 week. They will learn the basic of Bahasa Indonesia there. After 1 week, they will study at regular school in Yogyakarta. They will learn at five senior high schools in Yogyakarta. They will learn at SMA 3 Yogyakarta, SMA 8 Yogyakarta, SMA Budi Utama, SMA Muhammadiyah 2 Yogyakarta, and SMA Pangudi Luhur St. Yusuf for 5 weeks. At the end, it was closed by two traditional dances from Yogyakarta by Grisadha. Happy learning Victorian Young Leaders!