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Inaugural SIF-IBF-IPA Study Visit to Singapore

We partnered the Indonesia Bright Foundation (IBF) and Indonesian Professionals’ Association in Singapore (IPA) to organise the first SIF-IBF-IPA Study Visit to Singapore for four IBF scholars from 1 to 6 December 2015. The visit was the culmination of a 20-month collaboration in education between Singaporeans and Indonesians to inspire, encourage and support the educational growth and development of bright Indonesian youth who are beneficiaries of the IBF. 

Having experienced Singapore as an undergraduate student, our 135-strong Indonesian alumni of the SIF-ASEAN Fellowship programme (1993 to 2004), were inspired to provide similar educational opportunities, exposure and experiences which they had gained to the next generation of bright Indonesian students.  

The week-long study visit was organised in conjunction with SIF’s biennial reunion of Friends of Singapore (FOS) and programme alumni. Together with IPA leaders and IBF mentors, and with keen support from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore and the Communication Forum of the Indonesia Society in Singapore (FKMIS), we introduced the IBF scholars to Singapore’s strategies for sustainable urbanisation, water sufficiency and management, development in arts and culture, social innovation and technopreneurship. The scholars also got to know and make friends with a cross-section of the Singapore community, including the former Singaporean host families of Indonesian SIF-ASEAN Fellows, as well as staff and students of the National University of Singapore, where both accompanying IBF mentors spent a semester in the 1990s, some 20 years ago.    

We are delighted to share with you highlights of the inaugural SIF-IBF-IPA study visit to Singapore.


(Second left) Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin interacting with the IBF scholars and their mentors at SIF's SG50 Dialogue with FOS. Beside him are SIF Executive DirectorJean Tan and IBF Chairman and Indonesian SIF-ASEAN Fellow Ibrahim Senen.


It is all smiles at the intergenerational celebration of friendships at SIF Connects!

Back row from left: IBF scholar Jala, IBF mentors and Indonesian SIF-ASEAN Fellows Ubaidillah Nugraha (1996) and Ibrahim Senen (1994), and former Singaporean host Anwar Kemat. Front row from left: IBF scholar Mira, former Singaporean host Aishah Rahmat, IBF scholars Atik and Yuli.


Commemorating this celebration of past, present and future friendships is SIF Executive Director Jean Tan with the Indonesian Embassy’s Cultural and Educational Attache Dr Aisyah Endah Palupi (seventh from right) and Third Secretary, Information, Social and Cultural Affairs Hosea Manurung (first from right), IBF mentors Ibrahim Senen and Ubaidillah Nugraha, IPA President I Komang Narendra (second from right) and SIF-ASEAN Fellowship alumni – both Singaporean and Indonesian (third and fourth from right), and the four IBF scholars.

The SIF-IBF-IPA collaboration in education strengthens cross cultural ties at the people-to-people level through the sharing of insights and experiences, and the nurturing of networks of enduring friendships. 


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