Yogyakarta, November 30th, 2017- Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta University warmly welcomed the New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia, HE Dr. Trevor Matheson. Dr. Trevor departed from Jakarta specifically visited UMY to deliver a speech designed in Public Lecture entitled ‘Friends for Good: Strengthening Cooperation between New Zealand and Indonesia”.


The organized event by IGOV and IRO UMY attended by the public with approximately 180 participants commonly UMY students embracing knowledge about New Zealand and opportunities for scholars seeking educational aid to study in New Zealand.


On the golden occasion, Dr. Phil. Ridho al-Hamdi, M.A who is fresh-graduated of his Doctoral degree in Germany and back to home university as the lecturer, took the pleasure to lead the Public Lecture extraordinarily started with the brief introduction of New Zealand-Indonesia diplomatic relationship.

HE Dr. Trevor opened the Public Lecture with a surprising language of Maori to warm the atmosphere with unique greetings. “Mai nga kokona o te whare Aotearoa nga mihi mahana ki a koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa (From the four corners of the house of Aotearoa, I extend a warm welcome to you, greetings, greetings, greetings one and all)” as he welcomed.


“The shortest distance between Indonesia and New Zealand is 7,550 km, but Indonesia remains New Zealand’s closest geographic neighbor in Asia and I believe we are close at heart as well” cited from HE Dr. Trevor speech as spoke in his foreword.


In next 2018, New Zealand and Indonesia will celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations which Dr. Trevor addressed during his speech to reflect a positive past, a dynamic present, and an outstanding future.


During Dr. Eko speech, he was hoping for the future prospect of brand new cooperation between New Zealand and Indonesia particularly Muhammadiyah and addressed some important background to have such collaboration with the huge Islamic institution in Indonesia.

“There are several cooperation offerings we proposed, namely staff and student exchange, joint research, presenting guest lecturers from New Zealand, scholarship programs and developing other partnerships. This will be our focus because as we know that New Zealand is one of the world’s educational centers, ” he added.


The event attended by UMY rector, Dr. Ir. Gunawan Budiyanto, M.P, Eko Priyo Purnomo M.Res, Ph.D. as the director of Cooperation and International Affairs, vice rector Dr. Hilman Latief, IGOV director Rijal Ramdani, S.IP, MPA, as well as UMY lecturers and staffs. (hh)