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SSR Jakarta - SSR Jakarta Hosts First Exchange Student
SSR Jakarta Hosts First Exchange Student
We’re proud to announce that this year, in order to comply with the four UNESCO education pillars (learning to know, learning to do, learning to be and learning to live together), SSR Jakarta and SSR Manchester have hosted their first Student Exchange program.

During the last two weeks of August, SSR Manchester’s Audio Engineering student James Boothman travelled to SSR Jakarta, where he was sitting in on the lectures held at the facility, demonstrating and building on his training and experience, and taking in the unique Indonesian Culture.

Upon arrival at Soekarno Hatta Airport, James was interviewed by MetroTv, which is one of the biggest TV news stations in Jakarta (and in James’ own words “Jakarta’s answer to BBC news”). Over the following days James spent with SSR Jakarta, his time was filled with classes and lectures on both the Audio Engineering Techniques & Technology and the Electronic Music Production courses.

This also gave James the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the training and the techniques he’s learned in Manchester.

Through SSR Jakarta’s connections, James was also lucky enough to attend the stage set up for a Metallica concert at Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta.

During his second week in Jakarta James also shared his training and experience of studying at SSR during our ‘Explore Indonesia’s Creative Industry’ open day.

During the event James participated in the New Students’ Parent’s Gathering which was held to familiarise the new students and their parents with SSR Jakarta’s atmosphere, courses and facilities. This provided opportunities for all of the SSR students to improve both their personal and interpersonal ability to interact with different people from different countries and cultures.

For the remainder of James’ final week, the time was spent mixing a cover of Bad Religion’s Digital Boy, recorded with SSR Jakarta students the week before.

“I've said thank you to the staff and students at SSR Jakarta a few times, but I'm going to say it again because they have made me feel so relaxed and comfortable over these couple of weeks. Jakarta is an absolutely huge city and being there by myself, could have been pretty daunting. They did everything they could to make sure that wasn't the case and I am incredibly grateful. I hope that I will get to see them all again in the not too distant future.

In addition, I just want to say that if any other SSR students reading this are thinking that it may be something they want to do, then go for it. Speaking as someone who is a pretty nervous traveller and, without wanting to resort to too many clichés, this was an amazing experience and one that I'm incredibly happy to have taken.” - James Boothman

We are delighted that James had a rewarding time in Jakarta and hope that many more students from Manchester and Jakarta take his advice!