Main Auditorium, UIN News Online – U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph R. Donovan Jr, deliver public lecture at Harun Nasution Auditorium, Campus I of UIN Jakarta, Tuedsay, (4/11).

In addition to deliver the public lecture, his arrival also intended to continue its cooperation with UIN Jakarta, especially in the field of education. Present in the public lecture event, Rector of UIN Jakarta Prof Dr Dede Rosyada MA, Vice Rector of Student Affairs Prof Dr Yusran Razak MA, Vice Rector of Cooperation Prof Dr Murodi MA, Dean and Vice Dean of faculties, as well as the officials of UIN Jakarta.

In his remarks, rector hoped the visit will be able to continue the cooperation commitment between UIN Jakarta and the U.S Government, particularly in the improvement quality of science and research.

“In addition to the best State Islamic University in Indonesia, UIN Jakarta also known as the university that upholds pluralism, moderation and tolerance, and never affiliated with the anarchist and radical movement,” he said

In the same occasion, Donovan in his presentation said that he is impressed with Indonesia. “I see the similarity between Indonesia and U.S. citizens in understanding the diversity. Hereby, I am very impressed with the tolerance in Indonesia,” said Donovan.

According to Donovan, the principle of tolerance in Indonesia as mentioned in Bhineka Tunggal Ika is similar to the principles that is understood by the U.S. citizen. These conditions can be the basis for the two countries to strengthen the cooperation relations in various fields.

“The point is a mutual understanding among the population, the similarities, of course, will be the basis for the two countries to maintain the bilateral relationship,” he added.

He also said that he was proud of Indonesia that is actively contributed in the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping force (Garuda Contingent).

For information, Joseph R. Donovan Jr was sworn in as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia on November 4, 2016. He formerly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Seoul, South Korea. He also received a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and an M.A. from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. (usa)