On Thursday, August 17th, 2023, Universitas Katolik Parahyangan (UNPAR) conducted a ceremonial celebration in honor of Indonesia’s Independence Day. The campus courtyard served as the venue for this significant event, which included a solemn flag-raising ceremony. This ceremony held special significance as commemorated the 78th anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia’s Independence Day.
The ceremony attendees encompassed a diverse group, reflecting the vibrant and inclusive spirit of UNPAR. Among the participants were: the university’s esteemed Rector, dedicated administrative staff, respected lecturers, and many enthusiastic students.
Notably, the ceremony also included scholars who were recipients of the KNB (Kemitraan Negara Berkembang) scholarship. These KNB scholarship students hailed from various nations, showcasing the event’s international character.
The visible enthusiasm and genuine interest exhibited by the KNB scholarship students stood out during the ceremony. Despite their different national backgrounds, these students wholeheartedly participated in every aspect of the flag-raising ceremony. Their genuine involvement served as a heartwarming testament to the sense of unity and camaraderie fostered by such occasions.
During the event, the KNB scholarship students took the opportunity to extend their heartfelt best wishes and congratulations to Indonesia as it celebrated its 78th year of independence. Herbert Nathan from Tanzania, Abimana Joseph from Rwanda, and Shibli Jamaal Shariff from Uganda were notable representatives among the KNB students who actively participated in the Independence Day flag-raising ceremony. Also, Julie Kathleen Holmes from the BIPA Program join in the ceremony.
This occasion symbolized the historical importance of Indonesia’s independence and underscored UNPAR’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. The presence of students from various corners of the globe united in their appreciation for Indonesia’s milestone, exemplified the international camaraderie that higher education institutions like UNPAR aim to cultivate.