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Diplofest offers Semarang students insights into diplomacy

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

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Semarang   /   Tue, September 3, 2019   /  01:59 pm
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The Foreign Ministry's Centre for Education and Training head Yayan Mulyana (right) and head of human resources Chalief Akbar (left) explain the process of becoming a diplomat to students at Diplofest at Pancasila Field in Semarang on Aug. 30. (JP/ Suherdjoko)

Thousands of university and high school students in Semarang, Central Java, flocked to Pancasila Field last Friday for Diplofest, a public diplomacy festival initiated by the Foreign Ministry to foster a better understanding of international affairs among youth. At the event, the students asked many things about diplomacy and foreign policy, and even chances to study abroad. Questions about requirements to become diplomats were the most commonly asked, particularly during sessions with the Foreign Ministry's head of human resources Chalief Akbar and head of the Center for Education and Training Yayan Mulyana. “We want the younger generation, either those who are still in high school or already in university, to prepare early. We are here to give insights about what they have to prepare to be a diplomat,” Chalief said. “We only recruit a small number of d...