University of Atma Jaya Yogyakarta (UAJY) is committed to open up to international cooperation and become a place for intercultural dialogue from all over the world. This is evidenced by the success of UAJY as a facilitator of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) program participants from the US Embassy to learn about Javanese culture, language and social life.
The program is attended by ten students from various regions in Indonesia and students of Puget Sound University, USA. This program was formed since 2013 and initiated by former President of the United States Barrack Obama is one of them aims to strengthen the relationship between the United States and ASEAN countries community in the field of environment, natural resources, entrepreneurship, and economy.
During the two weeks in Yogyakarta starting from May 24-June 5, 2017, the participants of YSEALI program learn how to make batik, visit the villages, Borobudur Temple, learn Bahasa Indonesia and try to understand the Javanese cultural problematics. After two weeks of studying many matters relating to culture, on Monday, 5 June 2017, the closing ceremony was held as the closing of the program from YSEALI. The closing ceremony opened with Nawang Sekar Dance performance by two UAJY students from Madagascar and Timor Leste and continued with experience sharing and message after following YSEALI program for two weeks.