10. Indonesia and South Africa

Indonesia: old ties

People can sometimes use Dutch to get by in unexpected places. One of those places is Indonesia, a former Dutch colony. Some older Indonesians still speak Dutch, but even the younger generation is interested in the language. University students, such as law students, are often required to study Dutch texts.

In light of this, many universities in Indonesia offer courses in Dutch as a source or occupational language. Students and anybody else who is interested can enroll in general Dutch courses at various educational centres, the most important of which is the Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta (Depok).

South Africa: a testing ground for multilingualism
South Africa is another country that has special ties with the Nederlandse Taalunie (Dutch Language Union), which does more than support university programmes in Dutch language and literature there. In particular, the Taalunie works with South Africa on multilingualism projects. South Africa is very interested in working together with the Taalunie’s experts in this field, and the Taalunie in turn benefits from its cooperation with South Africa. The two countries are currently concentrating on human-language technologies and on testing and certification.

8 maart 2018