Gagjah Mada University (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Education: University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., Anthropology and History of Art and Visual Culture
Reason for Joining VIA: I joined VIA to gain cross-cultural perspectives and positively contribute to communities outside of my own. I also want to incorporate my studies in anthropology and art history in Indonesia.
Goals For The Year: I am looking forward to seeing all of the beautiful Southeast Asian and Indonesian art and textiles! I can't wait to try new foods, learn new languages, see new sights, and meet wonderful new people.
The fellow teaches English and service learning at the university.
UGM is Indonesia's oldest and most prestigious universities. With 55,000 students, UGM is also Indonesia's largest university.
The Special Region of Yogyakarta, where UGM is located, is one of the smallest provinces in Indonesia and has been widely known as a center of Javanese culture as well as a center of learning. It has 3,400,000 inhabitants, 511,000 of whom reside in the city of Yogyakarta. Its designation as a center of learning is marked by the existence of 120 state and private tertiary educational institutions, with a student population of over 300,000