U.S. Consulate General visits Pesantren in Probolingo
Following on a recent visit to Madura, as part of a wider education outreach program, the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya visited Probolinggo, East Java at the end of May 2011. Public Affairs Officer, Emily Yasmin Norris visited two Pesantren in two days; Pesantren Ponpes Syekh Abdul Qodir Al-Jaelani in Rangkang Kraksaan, Probolinggo and Pesantren Nurul Jadid Pasuruan Probolinggo in Paeton, Karanganyar. Emily spoke with around one thousand high school students on U.S. culture, democracy, education, and Muslim life in the United States. Emphasizing the blossoming relationship between Indonesia and the United States, she spoke about educational and cultural programs being developed as part of the larger Comprehensive Partnership. Students also learned about the many opportunities available to them to study in U.S. through multiple public and private programs. The students were very excited to learn more on how to access scholarships to continue their studies in the U.S.
Besides visiting Pesantren, the U.S. Consulate also made cultural visits to the Probolingo Museum, and media interviews with Radar Bromo, and Prosa Radio. “I’m very happy to be in Probolinggo, to visit a new area of Indonesia and share information about educational opportunities to such enthusiastic students and discuss aspects of the Comprehensive Partnership with them,” said Public Affairs Officer, Emily Yasmin Norris. The Comprehensive Partnership between Indonesia and the United States was released after meetings between President Obama and President Yudhoyono. Through this partnership, the United States is committed to doubling the number of American and Indonesian students studying in each other’s countries to create mutual understanding and friendship. To find out more information about education programs, visit our dedicated education page, http://jakarta.usembassy.gov/study.html or go directly to www.educationusa.or.id.