To showcase inspirational stories of Indonesian students that aspired to study overseas, the Indonesian Student Association in Osaka Nara has produced a book chronicling students’ learning journeys from Indonesia to Osaka University. The book is called Menghidupkan Mimpi ke Negeri Sakura and it is now available in Indonesian bookstores.
Challenges faced by Indonesian students
At Osaka University, many of the Indonesian students are studying under full scholarships. This is because extenuating circumstances mean that a self-financing option would not be possible, in other words, their families lack the financial means to fund international study, and as such, these students rely heavily on financial support for the betterment of their education and improved prospects in life.
Producing the book
He said, ‘I was not born rich. My parents sold pecel (a traditional Indonesian street dish). But through persistence and hard work, I came to be like this. Don’t be afraid of failing, child. Keep struggling and surely you will succeed.’”
It became a hit
Helping other students
It had occurred to me to try for a scholarship to continue my graduate studies abroad, but I received no support from my father, mother, or older sibling. They firmly rejected the idea.
My late father used to say, “You may study abroad when you are already married.” The response from my family led me to keep these dreams to myself.
Although it seemed unlikely, Allah already has plans for each of our lives. And it was fate that brought me to Osaka University.
At this time, the English translation of the book is now ongoing and we are hoping it will be completed in March 2015.