IO, Semarang – Lalaina Tienh Andriamampionona, a student of the Developing Countries Partnership scholarship program from Diponegoro University (Undip), Semarang, Central Java, has won the Indonesian Language Singing Competition (LBBI) 2020. The competition was held at the Muhammadiyah University of Surakarta throughout June-July.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition to introduce the Indonesian language and culture to students from all over the world was held virtually. However, it did not dampen the participants’ enthusiasm to take part in it. LBBI 2020 was joined by foreign students of the Dharma Siswa program and the Developing Countries Partnership scholarship program initiated by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Lalaina sent her audition video online. In this video, the graduate student of Political Science from Madagascar sang one national song and one Indonesian song, watched by more than 2,700 people. She won first place with a score of 268 points.
Undip International Office Head, Kartika Widya Utama, in a press conference held on Friday (7/24/2020)) at the Undip Media Center, expressed pride that Lalaina was serious about learning Indonesian. “Especially because Lalaina won a competition in the Indonesian language, representing Undip,” she said.
On the same occasion, Lalaina expressed her gratitude to all the supervisors who helped her during her time at Undip. “Undip is a part of my life while in Semarang and Indonesia. I learned a lot on campus and outside of it about the life and culture of Java. Happy and grateful to get many lessons from the experience while here,” said the 2017 student.
Lalaina said the results achieved were not her efforts but from the support of many, including her colleagues in Indonesia and Madagascar. (est)