After receiving a YES alumni small grant and doing considerable planning, the Better Understanding for a Better World-Indonesia Project kicked off on December 2, 2015 in Yogyakarta. The project was initiated by ten youth, most of them YES alumni from 2011-2013, who wanted to pass the priceless values and experiences they received when they participated in BUBW Conferences during their exchange years in the U.S. The conference's theme, “Better Understanding as a Grand Tool to Face the World and South East Asia Challenge” shows that better understanding is the key to create and maintain peace among nations, as well as the first and big step to create a better world.
BUBW-Indonesia gained support from Civilizations Exchange and Corporation
Foundation, AFS-Bina Antarbudaya Indonesia and Yogyakarta Chapter, Islamic State University of Sunan Kalijaga, and Search for Common Ground, as well as Glocal Khabar and Studio Thinker as media partners. The conference will take place from December 2-6, 2015 at Islamic State University (UIN) Yogyakarta Convention Hall, and will involve young professionals from around the world. It will emphasize grouping for optimal diversity, discussing issues intensively, presenting cultural performances, visiting Indonesian cultural and religious sites, engaging in fun activities meant to strengthen ties of friendship, and also including competitive paper presentations. These actions will inspire the general public and demonstrate that today's youth will bravely speak up in a powerful, symbolic voice.
Seventy active volunteers have worked together to make this conference possible, including YES alumni and students from universities such as NYU Abu Dhabi, UGM, UNY, UAJY, UIN, STTNAS, Binus University, ITB, Unpad, Unpar, Unair, Undip, Sampoerna University, and President University.
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