DREaM 2011 Officially Closed
Head of Office of International Affairs Universitas Gadjah Mada, Dr. Rachmat Sriwijaya, officially closed DREaM 2011 activites in Ratu Boko Resto (5/7). A total of 69 participants from 16 countries attended the closing after for 10 days from June 26 to July 6, 2011, they were following a series of activities with the theme Social Entrepreneurship on the Move in Yogyakarta and Central Java.
The closing ceremony attended by representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Office of Yogyakarta Province is enlivened by Tayub dance. The guests and participants also participated in the dance. Hiroaki Takemoto, one of the participants from Japan, was impressed with the implementation of the DREaM this time. In his words, the DREaM activities have provided many benefits and inspired him to set up a social enterprise in his country. "I am very impressed with this activity. Hopefully, the wishes of participants will come true in the future," said Hiroaki Takemoto.
In the closing ceremony, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Indonesia embedded "Friends of Indonesia" pins to all participants. This pin is a sign that during the DREaM program, participants have learned to know and explore tourism and culture of Indonesia, especially in Yogyakarta. In addition, the committee also gave awards to participants who give the best performances during the activities. The category of Most Energetic Participant was achieved by Abang Muhammad Salih Hanafi (Institut Teknologi Brunei), the category of Most Active Participant was given to Christopher Prabu (University Technology of Sydney, Australia), and Best Essay Writer was achieved by Yang Zheng (University of Melbourne, Australia).
Meanwhile, the category of Best Participant of Dreams 2011 was awarded to Roanne Timmerman of the University of Leuven, Belgium. Next, Heath Jamieson of the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Swantje Heiser of the University of Passau, Germany, were selected as the most friendly participants, and Uganeswaran Cilamuthu from the University of Malaya, Malaysia, as the funniest participant.