On February 22, U.S. Consul General, Heather Variava opened the fair in Surabaya and welcomed 1,200 students and parents, highlighting eastern Indonesia as a region that has students with a growing interest in studying in the United States and expressed the hope that the fair would also allow U.S. universities to learn about the potential of Indonesian students. Prior to the fair, representatives from U.S. institutions welcomed insights from the Political-Economic section on eastern Indonesia and the bright prospects for U.S. education, i.e. a young population that is increasingly prosperous and values higher education. CONS provided a briefing on visas and remained on duty throughout the fair to field visa-related questions. Another ConGen officer who has an education background made a presentation explaining the personal essay portion of most U.S. college applications to a packed auditorium.
EducationUSA is a global network of more than 450 advising centers in 170 countries, supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). EducationUSA centers actively promote United States higher education around the world by offering accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, objective and timely information about education institutes in the United States and guidance to qualified individuals on how best to access those opportunities.
In Indonesia, EducationUSA Centers are located in Jakarta, Makassar, Malang, Medan and Surabaya. For more information on the fair, please visit EducationUSA’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EdUSAIndonesia.