Jakarta. Pelita Harapan University (UPH) in Karawaci on Monday became the country's first university to host items from the National Museum of Indonesia on campus.
The exhibition from Monday till Wednesday (March 21-23) is part of the university’s Insight Week program conducted by UPH's Student Executive Council (BEM), in collaboration with the university's Johannes Oentoro Library.
“Indonesia has a lot of interesting, important artifacts exhibited in local museums, but there is a lack of public interest. This is why we are collaborating with the National Museum to host an exhibition of historical statues in our library to cultivate the students’ interest to visit the National Museum,” said Febriantoro Suwardi, the exhibition coordinator.
Ten historical artifacts were showcased at the Explore Indonesia-themed exhibition, including the Tugu Inscription, an inscribed stone from the early 5th century and a statue of the Goddess Shiva.
“We are very proud that UPH is chosen as the first university in Indonesia to be trusted in showcasing the collection,” said Esterina Jonatan, manager of the Johannes Oentoro Library. "We have even received a donation of books from the National Museum to add to our library collection. We hope these books will help broaden the horizons of the UPH community, so they can learn more about Indonesia – a country rich in culture, tradition and history."