Indonesian lecturer Beni Setya Nugraha became fluent in Mandarin. Photo: Facebook/Beni Lu Digital Gallery

An Indonesian scholar who loves the Chinese language and culture has mastered Mandarin in Tainan – Taiwan’s oldest and fifth-largest city – and also started cultural exchanges by introducing his own language to local university students.

Beni Setya Nugraha, a lecturer from the Automotive Department of Yogyakarta State University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, was recommended by his university and the Indonesian government in 2013 to take a PhD program at Kun Shan University, Tainan, Taiwan, The China Daily News reported.

Already an enthusiast, Nugraha learned the Chinese language and the culture in Taiwan. During his first year, he attended classes at the Chinese Language Center at Kun Shan University, where teaching staff would give lectures while local students would give tutorial sessions.

From the beginning of his second year, the Indonesian scholar was already capable of doing the tutor sessions to other foreign students having difficulties picking up Mandarin.

In his third year in 2016, Nugraha became a lecturer teaching the Indonesian language to Taiwanese students. In his spare time, he enjoys photography and cycling and has explored Taiwan.