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Rabu, 22 Mei 2024

Mahasiswa IISMA UNDIP Memperkenalkan Budaya Indonesia di Inggris dengan Cara Unik dan Interaktif!


Loetju.idPada tanggal 1 November, di Activity Space 5 University of Liverpool, acara "Nirwana 2.0: Colours of Indonesia" sukses digelar sebagai bagian dari Heroes Challenge. Acara ini diselenggarakan oleh penerima beasiswa Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards (IISMA) di University of Liverpool, termasuk mahasiswa dari Universitas Diponegoro (UNDIP). Sebagai student representative dari seluruh cohort Liverpool dan supervisor sekaligus abang none - ambassador dari event ini, mahasiswa UNDIP tersebut bangga mempersembahkan budaya Indonesia dengan cara yang unik dan interaktif.

Tentang IISMA dan Heroes Challenge
IISMA adalah program beasiswa dari Pemerintah Republik Indonesia yang memberikan kesempatan bagi mahasiswa Indonesia untuk mengikuti program mobilitas di universitas-universitas terkemuka di luar negeri. Tahun ini, 24 penerima beasiswa IISMA di University of Liverpool kembali dengan semangat baru untuk memperkenalkan budaya Indonesia melalui berbagai kegiatan.

Heroes Challenge merupakan bagian dari inisiatif IISMA yang bertujuan untuk memperkuat nilai-nilai lokal dan semangat kebangsaan melalui kegiatan kreatif. Tantangan ini juga bertujuan untuk meningkatkan kesadaran akan budaya dan warisan Indonesia di mata dunia dengan menyelenggarakan acara-acara yang positif dan mendidik.

Nirwana 2.0: Colours of Indonesia
"Nirwana 2.0: Colours of Indonesia" adalah lanjutan dari kesuksesan acara Nirwana sebelumnya. Tahun ini, mereka membawa pameran permainan budaya yang menggabungkan gamifikasi, memberikan pengalaman yang lebih mendalam tentang budaya Indonesia dan memperkuat keberagaman yang dapat dinikmati oleh siapa saja.

Aktivitas Acara
Para peserta diajak untuk merasakan pengalaman bermain di beberapa stasiun yang masing-masing memiliki tantangan terkait budaya Indonesia. Mereka diberikan kartu untuk menandai kemajuan dalam permainan. Untuk menyelesaikan permainan, peserta harus berpindah dari satu stasiun ke stasiun lainnya dan menyelesaikan tantangan di setiap stasiun. Di akhir permainan, pemenang diberikan merchandise khusus Indonesia sebagai hadiah.

Beberapa stasiun yang diadakan antara lain:

- Stasiun Musik: Menebak suara instrumen musik tradisional Indonesia dan bernyanyi bersama dalam sesi karaoke lagu lokal.

- Stasiun Pola Budaya: Menghafal pola batik menggunakan kartu kilat dengan nama dan ceritanya, serta mencocokkan pola dengan nama dan berbagi cerita singkat tentangnya. Di stasiun ini, peserta juga bisa mencoba mengenakan batik dan pakaian tradisional Indonesia.

- Stasiun Tari: Mengadakan flashmob tari Maumere di tengah University of Liverpool, mengajak semua peserta untuk bergabung dan menari bersama.

- Stasiun Bahasa: Mengikuti tantangan bahasa Indonesia dengan lomba mengeja lidah.

Acara ini dihadiri lebih dari 100 peserta yang terdiri dari mahasiswa dan staff internasional, berlangsung selama 8 jam di Guild Hall dengan tema "Everyday Life in Indonesia." Dukungan dari pihak universitas dan Liverpool Guild of Students sangat diperlukan dalam menyediakan fasilitas teknis seperti meja, kursi, dan fasilitas lainnya, serta promosi acara melalui media kampus.

Dengan suksesnya acara ini, diharapkan dapat memperkuat hubungan antara IISMA, University of Liverpool, Liverpool Guild of Students, dan semua mahasiswa. Mahasiswa UNDIP merasa terhormat bisa menjadi bagian dari inisiatif ini dan memperkenalkan kekayaan budaya Indonesia kepada dunia.

Rabu, 20 Maret 2024

A Glimpse Of My Academic Venture In Universiti Malaya - Sitting here today, being awarded with one of the most prestigious mobility awards this country has to offer – the IISMA (Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards) program – has been a rewarding experience filled with excellence qualities of the academic and non-academic aspects throughout our study. I was lucky enough to be given an opportunity of scholarship towards one of the most competitive and prestigious universities in Asia, Universiti Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As a communication science student from Universitas Diponegoro in Semarang, Indonesia, being able to study in UM has been beneficial towards my academic venture and my international relations expansion.

A little background on the IISMA program, IISMA is a brainchild of the Indonesian government (Kementerian Pendidikan, Kebudayaan, Riset, dan Teknologi), empowers undergraduate and vocational students to embark on a life-changing semester abroad. This scholarship program unlocks the doors to top universities and esteemed international institutions, propelling students towards a future brimming with global connections and personal growth.

In my opinion, the main advantages that students will receive being awarded with IISMA are the following:

• Sharpen your Skills: IISMA ignites your potential by honing your academic prowess and nurturing valuable skills like critical thinking and collaboration through diverse teaching methodologies.

• Broaden your Horizons: Transcend the familiar and embrace a global perspective. Immerse yourself in a vibrant cultural tapestry, fostering empathy and understanding for diverse communities.

• Forge Lasting Connections: Build a network of international peers and industry professionals, laying the foundation for lifelong friendships and future career opportunities.

• Investing in Your Future: IISMA meticulously selects outstanding students based on academic excellence, strong English language proficiency, and a burning desire to explore the world. This prestigious scholarship covers the entire cost of tuition, living expenses, and travel, ensuring a seamless and enriching experience.

As an IISMA awardee at Universiti Malaya, the experience holds immense value for a Communication Science student in Indonesia. Universiti Malaya boasts advanced lecturers and top-notch lecture materials, facilitating a conducive learning environment. Engaging with a diverse international community enhances cross-cultural communication skills, providing a unique perspective crucial for communication professionals. Networking with high-level
students and professors offers opportunities for future collaborations and career advancement. Active participation in volunteering activities, such as the Chowkit Volunteering Activity, River Cleanup, and others, demonstrates a commitment to social responsibility, a key attribute for professionals in the communication field. The role of mentoring future IISMA awardees showcases leadership skills, aligning with the collaborative nature of communication work.
Introducing Indonesian culture to international friends fosters global communication competence, a vital skill in today's interconnected world. Learning from high-level lecturers at Universiti Malaya ensures a quality education that goes beyond theoretical knowledge, enhancing critical thinking and research skills. Engaging with students from diverse academic backgrounds provides multidisciplinary insights, enriching the understanding of communication's intersection with other fields. Involvement in sports activities contributes to holistic personal development, preparing the student for the dynamic and multifaceted nature of the communication profession. Overall, the IISMA scholarship experience at Universiti Malaya equips the Communication Science student with a well-rounded skill set and global perspective essential for success in their future endeavors.

Students were also given the opportunity to partake with various of extracurricular activities ranging from sports such as Basketball, Football, and Tennis, to language classes etc. During the exchange period, several of my friends and myself were involved within sports activities, mainly basketball, that were involved with local basketball player-student in the University. For basketball, it was conducted everyday in various of different courts in-campus, I mostly play in Kolej Kediaman ke-12 and ke-5’s courts (dormitory) and also the varsity court. I play around 4-5 times a week, having fun while also maintain our physical and psychological condition in a contact and high IQ sports.

Regarding the living situation in Malaysia, the university's proximity to the heart of Kuala Lumpur provides easy access to various modes of transportation such as buses, LRT, MRT, and online taxis. This proves beneficial for students, enabling the use of affordable public transportation to reach desired destinations on and off-campus within the Kuala Lumpur area.

While Malaysians and Indonesians share a fundamental understanding, linguistic and cultural challenges persist between the two. The diverse linguistic landscape of Malaysia, incorporating Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Tamil, Arabic, and numerous indigenous languages, might surprise Indonesian students accustomed to a primarily Indonesian language
environment. This linguistic variety mirrors the multifaceted nature of Malaysian society, emphasizing the pivotal role of language in preserving the nation's unique cultural identities. Fortunately, we were fortunate to have Indonesian and local Malaysian friends who guided us through the living culture and any other cultural barriers, facilitating our integration into society.

What particularly impressed me is Malaysia's multicultural fusion, showcasing the harmonious blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Arabs, and indigenous cultures. The ethnic amalgamation in Malaysia offers an exciting and eye-opening experience for Indonesian exchange students, from a plethora of gourmet options to the multitude of religious customs and observed festivals. I found it particularly striking how Chinese and Indian culture prominently intertwines with Malay culture in Malaysia, manifesting in various aspects such as language, traditional rituals, and especially in the realm of culinary traditions. This fusion creates a distinct cultural identity separate from Indonesia's predominantly Malay culture. Malaysian cuisine, with its rich and diversified offerings inspired by various cultural traditions, is sure to astonish Indonesian students with its unique flavors, spices, and culinary techniques. Exploring dishes in Malaysia becomes a joyful and unexpected experience, exemplifying the convergence of numerous culinary traditions within the vibrant tapestry of Malaysian culture.

Additionally, students had opportunities to explore Malaysia and other countries. Personally, I visited Malacca, Genting Highlands, and Hat Yai in Thailand. Some of my friends explored places like Penang, Cameron Highlands, Langkawi, and other countries such as Thailand and Vietnam. IISMA is not only an opportunity to advance oneself within academic and non- academic ventures but also offers opportunities to explore tourist attractions, other cities, and even other countries.

Receiving the prestigious IISMA scholarship to study at Universiti Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has been a transformative and enriching experience. As a Communication Science student from Universitas Diponegoro, the opportunity to learn from advanced lecturers and engage with a diverse international community has significantly enhanced my academic and interpersonal skills. The IISMA program, a commendable initiative by the Indonesian government, not only facilitates global exposure but also offers a holistic learning experience by covering tuition, living expenses, and travel costs. Universiti Malaya's strategic location in Kuala Lumpur provides easy access to various modes of transportation, facilitating students'
mobility both on and off-campus. The multicultural fusion in Malaysia, combining Malay, Chinese, Indian, Arab, and indigenous cultures, has broadened my cultural perspective and enriched my understanding of global dynamics. I am grateful for the support and opportunities provided by the IISMA program, which has not only sharpened my academic prowess but also fostered lasting connections and personal growth. The experience will undoubtedly contribute to my future endeavors in the field of Communication Science.

Muhammad Zidan Ramadhan Putra 
Communication Science
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mahasiswa Undip Memperkenalkan Keindahan Tari Gambyong dalam International Students Cultural Showcase - Semarang, Indonesia – Sebagai peserta program pertukaran pelajar Indonesia International Student Mobility Awards (IISMA), Ancilla Andrea, seorang mahasiswi dari Universitas Diponegoro (UNDIP), telah berpartisipasi dalam acara International Students Cultural Showcase yang diadakan pada tanggal 12 Oktober 2023 di Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Dalam acara yang mempertemukan seluruh mahasiswa dari berbagai negara, Ancilla memperkenalkan keindahan dan keunikan budaya Indonesia melalui pertunjukan Tari Gambyong. Dalam panggung internasional ini, Tari Gambyong menjadi sorotan utama, menarik perhatian para penonton dengan keindahan gerakannya dan kekuatan ekspresinya.

Ancilla, sebagai perwakilan mahasiswa Indonesia, dengan bangga mempersembahkan warisan budaya yang kaya dari tanah airnya. Tari Gambyong, sebuah tarian tradisional yang berasal dari Surakarta, telah menjadi bagian integral dari warisan budaya Indonesia. Dengan gerakan yang dinamis dan ritme yang menghentak, tarian ini tidak hanya menghibur, tetapi juga memperkenalkan keindahan dan kekayaan budaya Indonesia kepada dunia. Dengan setiap gerakannya, Ancilla dan keempat mahasiswi lainnya berhasil menghadirkan nuansa keaslian dan kekuatan dari Tari Gambyong, memukau hati para penonton dan meninggalkan kesan yang mendalam.

Persiapan Ancilla untuk pertunjukan ini tidaklah mudah. Sebagai seorang mahasiswa yang memiliki jadwal perkuliahan yang padat dan tanggung jawab lainnya, Ancilla harus mengalokasikan waktu ekstra untuk latihan tari, memperdalam pemahaman tentang latar belakang tari tersebut serta berkoordinasi dengan tim tari. 

Namun, hasil dari persiapan yang sulit tersebut terbayar dengan memuaskan. Ketika Ancilla dan empat mahasiswa lainnya berada di panggung, semua latihan dan persiapan tersebut terbayar lunas. Ketika Ancilla mulai menari di depan para penonton dari berbagai belahan dunia, kepercayaan dirinya dan keahliannya dalam menampilkan Tari Jaipong menjadi terlihat jelas.

Penerimaan hangat dari penonton, sorak sorai, dan tepukan tangan yang gemuruh menjadi bukti nyata bahwa upaya Ancilla dalam mempersembahkan budaya Indonesia telah sukses. Kesenangan yang dirasakan Ancilla melihat penghargaan dan apresiasi yang diberikan oleh para penonton tak ternilai, mengingat semua kerja keras dan pengorbanan yang telah dia lakukan selama persiapan.

Dalam kepuasan ini, Ancilla juga merasakan dampak positif yang dihasilkan oleh budaya Indonesia yang dia bawa. Tidak hanya sebagai hiburan semata, Tari Gambyong telah membuka pintu bagi penonton internasional untuk lebih memahami dan menghargai kekayaan budaya Indonesia. Ini adalah bukti konkret bahwa persiapan yang sulit adalah langkah awal yang penting menuju kesuksesan dan pencapaian yang memuaskan dalam memperkenalkan budaya negara kepada dunia.

Tidak hanya itu, penampilan ini tidak berhenti hanya pada apresiasi dari para penonton. Dalam sebuah pengumuman yang menggetarkan hati, Indonesia berhasil meraih penghargaan sebagai pemenang nomor satu untuk kategori Best Performance dalam acara International Students Cultural Showcase tersebut. Kemenangan ini menjadi sorotan bagi Indonesia dalam kancah internasional sebagai negara yang kaya akan kebudayaan dan seni yang memukau. Hal ini juga menjadi momentum yang penting untuk terus memperkuat pemahaman lintas budaya, menjembatani kesenjangan antarbangsa, dan meningkatkan apresiasi terhadap keanekaragaman budaya di seluruh dunia.


Achmad Munandar

Senin, 18 Maret 2024

Mahasiswa KKN UPGRIS 116 Margosari Menggelar Kegiatan Bersih Mushola Jelang Ramadhan - Mahasiswa KKN Universitas PGRI Semarang (UPGRIS) kelompok 116 Margosari, mengadakan kegiatan bersih- bersih mushola, Dusun Krajan Desa Margosari Kecamatan Limbangan Kabupaten Kendal. Senin 11/03/2024.

Kegiatan tersebut merupakan program kerja dari bidang lingkungan. Kami melakukan kegiatan melibatkan semua mahasiswa kkn kelompok 116 margosari.

Kegiatan ini dilakukan pada hari senin, tanggal 11 maret 2024. dimulai dari pukul 10.00 WIB sampai pukul 12.00 WIB
"Kegiatan bersih bersih ini kita lakukan sebagai bentuk penyambutan terhadap bulan suci ramadhan 1445 H, yang bertujuan agar masyarakat setempat juga dapat melakukan ibadah dengan nyaman dan lebih khusuk " ucap Muchlas.

Selain sebagai bentuk menyambut bulan suci ramadhan 1445 H, kegiatn bersih bersih mushola juga dilakukan demi kenyamanan masyarakat dalam beribadah.

Achmad Munandar

Tidak Terbentuknya Posyandu Remaja, KKN Kelompok 16 Adakan Pembentukan Posyandu Remaja di Desa Margosari - Mahasiswa KKN Upgris Universitas PGRI Semarang (UPGRIS) kelompok 116 melakukan pembentukan posyandu remaja di Desa Margosari Kecamatan Limbangan, Jumat (08-03-2024).

Dimana kegitan tersebut merupakan salah satu program kerja dalam bidang Kesehatan , kegiatan ini dilaksanakan berdasarkan hasil survey awal yang menunjukan bahwa posyandu remaja belum terlaksanakan di desa Margosari.

 Posyandu remaja merupakan salah satu bentuk dalam Upya Kesehatan Bersumber Daya Masyarakat (UKBM)yang diselenggarakan bersama Masyarakat atau kader posyandu bersama remaja, guna untuk meningkatkan Kesehatan remaja dalam hidup sehat. 

"Terima kasih untuk mahasiswa KKN sudah mengawali program posyandu remaja di Desa Margosari, semoga bisa berkelanjutan, yang nantinya akan di awali di dusun jetis" Ujar Ibu Anjar selalu bidan Desa Margosari

Manfaat dan tujuan posyandu remaja dapat meningkatkan pengetahuan dan keterampilan remaja terkait Kesehatan dan dapat mempercepat remaja dalam memperbaiki gizi remaja. Sasaran kegiatan posyandu remaja mulai dari usia 10-18 tahun.

Achmad Munandar

Mahasiswa KKN UPGRIS Margosari Lakukan Pelatihan Coding Bagi Siswa SD


Loetju.idMahasiswa KKN Universitas PGRI Semarang (UPGRIS) Kelompok 116 melaksanakan pelatihan coding bagi siswa kelas V SDN 02 Margosari, Limbangan, Kab Kendal, Jawa Tengah pada Sabtu (24/03).
Kegiatan ini merupakan program kerja dari sie literasi digital. Pelatihan coding yang melibatkan siswa kelas V SD ini adalah kegiatan pembelajaran dengan bermain menggunakan program digital berbasis komputer dan menggunakan internet. Tujuan diadakannya program kerja ini adalah untuk memperkenalkan coding kepada siswa kelas V SD yang dikemas dalam bentuk game.

Manfaat coding bagi siswa kelas V SD sendiri adalah menumbuhkan kreativitas, membantu anak-anak dengan keterampilan matematika, meningkatkan keterampilan menulis, meningkatkan literasi digital dan percaya diri dalam memecahkan permasalahan. 

Kegiatan pengenalan coding ini dilakukan pada hari Kamis, tanggal 24 Februari 2024. Diawali dengan kegiatan ice braking, perkenalan, dan dilanjut kegiatan inti. Respon siswa dalam kegiatan ini sangatlah antusias dan gembira. Mereka bisa belajar sambil bermain dengan menggunakan teknologi digital. Apalagi pada akhir kegiatan siswa yang berhasil menyelesaikan lebih dahulu akan mendapat hadiah. 

“Pelatihan ini mampu memberikan kesan yang menyenangkan bagi anak-anak karena mereka bisa belajar menggunakan laptop, internet, dan bermain game namun tetap mengasah pikiran” ucap Kharisma Dita selaku sie pendidikan yang juga mendampingi kegiatan ini. 

Kegiatan ini diharapkan dapat melatih siswa dalam mengasah kreatifitas dan mampu melatih siswa dalam memecahkan sebuah permasalahan. Kegiatan ini juga diharapkan dapat menambah pengalaman dan pembelajaran kepada siswa dalam bidang literasi digital.

Achmad Munandar

Kamis, 07 Maret 2024

Crossing Borders and Building Bridges: My Journey with the Indonesian International Student Mobility Programme at Universiti Malaya

Loetju.idAs an international student from Indonesia studying business management at Universiti Malaya (UM), the revolutionary potential offered by the Indonesian International Student Mobility Programme (IISMA) have had a significant impact on my educational experience. This scholarship programme serves as a beacon of academic achievement and cross-cultural exchange, allowing Indonesian students to pursue higher education at one of Malaysia's leading academic institutions.

The Indonesian International Student Mobility Programme (IISMA) is a collaborative initiative between the Indonesian and Malaysian governments to encourage academic mobility and strengthen bilateral ties via education. Through this programme, Indonesian students can spend one semester at UM, getting access to world-class education and cultural immersion opportunities.

For me, my experience with IISMA at UM has been nothing short of fascinating. As a business management student, I began my academic journey with a single goal in mind: to grasp the complexities of corporate strategy and market analysis. However, the multifaceted character of the IISMA study has exposed me to a wide range of academic and cultural experiences, extending my views and developing my respect for the interconnection of global knowledge networks. The IISMA journey is built on a dedication to academic achievement and multidisciplinary engagement. I've got the opportunity to engage with cutting-edge research and innovative methods at UM, broadening my academic experience and arming me with the skills needed to handle the intricacies of the modern business environment.

Furthermore, the IISMA programme has fostered cultural interchange, which has helped to create a sense of global citizenship and cross-cultural understanding. Interacting with students from various cultural origins has extended my perspectives and challenged conventional beliefs, creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and intellectual curiosity. In addition, the IISMA adventure at UM has offered several chances for personal and professional development. Participating in local volunteering and workshops, as well as community outreach programmes, has allowed me to broaden my network, acquire essential leadership abilities, and make a significant contribution to the campus community and beyond.

Although Malaysians and Indonesians understand each other well, there are still linguistic and cultural hurdles between us. Malaysia's diverse linguistic landscape, which includes Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Tamil, and many indigenous languages, may surprise Indonesian students accustomed to learning in a mostly Indonesian language environment. This linguistic variation reflects Malaysian society's diverse makeup and emphasises the importance of language in preserving the country's distinct cultural identities.

Malaysia's multicultural fusion also impressed me, particularly the blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and indigenous cultures, each of which contributes unique features to the larger cultural context. The ethnic mix in Malaysia may be an exciting and eye-opening experience for Indonesian exchange students, from the many gourmet options to the numerous religious customs and festivals observed. I was particularly startled by the prominence of Chinese culture in Malaysia, which is closely linked to Malay culture. This fusion may be visible in a multitude of forms, including language, food, and traditional rituals, resulting in a distinct cultural identity apart from Indonesia's mostly Malay culture. Their food, rich and diversified, inspired by numerous cultural traditions, may astound Indonesian students with its unique flavors, spices, and culinary methods. Exploring foods like nasi lemak, char kway teow, and roti canai can be a joyful and unexpected experience, demonstrating the confluence of many culinary traditions within Malaysian culture.

Although Indonesia is a Muslim-majority country, the practice of Islam in Malaysia differs in several ways. Certain places of Malaysia, particularly in more conservative states, follow stricter interpretations of Islamic traditions and practices, which may contrast with Indonesia's more diversified and tolerant religious practices. This might include distinct social conventions, clothing rules, and religious practices that some Indonesian visitors may not be familiar with. For women in Malaysia, there are far stricter enforcement of dress codes for women, such as the expectation to wear modest clothing that cover the arms and legs. While it is relevant that Malaysia have far stricter dress codes for women (New Strait Times, 2023), some women who are dress freely do not receive the same treatment in the streets as they are in other countries. Here, there are fewer and almost to none catcalls and/or harassments. I have experienced many instances of going out at night in the streets of Kuala Lumpur alone, and felt safe enough than in my home country.

As an international student from Indonesia, I am sincerely appreciative for the opportunity provided by the Indonesian International Student Mobility Programme (IISMA). This scholarship programme has not only allowed me to pursue my academic goals, but it has also prepared me to be a global citizen, armed with the information, skills, and cultural competences required to flourish in an increasingly linked world. The Indonesian International Student Mobility Programme (IISMA) experience at Universiti Malaya shows education's transforming capacity in promoting academic achievement, cross-cultural understanding, and international collaboration. As an international student from Indonesia studying business management, I am pleased to be a part of this lively academic community, where barriers are broken down and brains are empowered to make a better future for future generations.

Name: Vaneza Tadzkia Radhwa
NIM: 12010120190089
Major: Management
Faculty: Faculty of Economics and Business

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Navigating the Unseen Challenges as a Mobility Student When people envision the life of a mobility student, they frequently emphasize the positive aspects, yet there's always a flip side that can leave you feeling like the ground beneath you is constantly shifting, accompanied by its unique set of challenges and difficulties. Nevertheless, in the end, the experience is truly invaluable, offering a wealth of knowledge and growth opportunities that are exclusive to being a mobility student. In this opportunity, I would like to share my journey with you.

Radiating rapture, my emotions soared as I stepped into Kuala Lumpur, to commence my once in a lifetime IISMA experience. Grantly, the first few days of the IISMA experience was quite hectic as administrative obligations kept us busy back and forth to finish our VISA process. The excitement of finishing the VISA process was then quickly damped when we realized that not everyone could get the courses we initially wanted. For me personally, I felt quite frustrated as I was only able to enroll in one class, and my home university’s international office kept pushing me about the courses I needed for conversion at Universiti Malaya. I had to reach out to each course lecturer personally to request to join their class, but unfortunately, most of them had to decline my request for various reasons. Currently, I've successfully enrolled in three courses, but I still need one more as we needed to take four courses for the IISMA program. 

In my first week of academic life here, I encountered some difficulty in grasping the material in certain classes, mainly due to the lecturer's accent. It took me a bit of time and a heightened level of concentration to adapt and catch up with what I had initially missed. In the second week of my academic journey, during the E-Commerce course, we were tasked with a group assignment that is due the following week. I promptly organized a scheduled group discussion for this task to which during the group discussion, most of the group members were actively engaged and offered a valuable insight. Although two members of the group did not participate, I considered this group discussion a remarkable success.

Of course, my journey here isn’t solely centered on academics, I have also actively involved myself in a variety of social events. One of the events that left a lasting impression on me is 'MAGNET.' This event provided me with the chance to meet and connect with international students in Malaysia. This event united international students with prominent figures in the education sector, including the Director General of Higher Education from the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education. Each university that participated in this event gets to choose a country to represent and showcase its unique culture. We were honored to represent Indonesia and served as cultural ambassadors. Embracing our role, we introduced the richness of our culture through food, games, and music, and even shared Indonesian souvenirs with fellow international students from around the world.
Image 1: With Somali international students.

While there are numerous other captivating stories from my journey that I would love to share, the ones recounted here offer a glimpse into the tapestry of experiences that define my life at IISMA. The journey through IISMA has not only been an opportunity for personal and academic growth but also a transformative experience that I hold dear. 

In reflection, my journey through IISMA has been a transformative experience, one that I will cherish and immensely grateful for. Although the initial excitement of embarking this new chapter in my life can be overwhelming, it’s the unexpected challenges that have provided me the most profound tests of resilience and adaptability. It is clear to me that the journey through IISMA is a multifaceted one, filled with its ups and downs, but for me personally, it’s these fluctuations that makes it more valuable as they all have contributed in shaping me to become the person I am today and will continue to embrace the unknown challenges and opportunities that lies ahead.

Name: Sandrichi Romeo Karnadi 
NIM: 12030120190116
Major: Accounting
Faculty: Faculty of Economics and Business
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Radiating the Warmness of Kampung Halaman: Representasi Kebudayaan Indonesia oleh Awardees IISMA Universiti Malaya 2023


Loetju.idImagine 70 students from all corners of Indonesia coming together at Universiti Malaya, Malaysia, like a melting pot of cultures. As exchange students overseas, our mission transcends academics. We aim to illuminate the richness of Indonesia’s culture and diversity in our host country. We consider ourselves lucky to have people with different cultural backgrounds, making it possible for us to elaborate more on each other’s perspectives and knowledge about Indonesia’s vast archipelago. 

Within two weeks of our journey, we proudly represented Indonesia in the 'Meet & Greet' with International Students in Malaysia (MAGNET) 2023, a prestigious event organized by Universiti Putra Malaysia in collaboration with Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi (KPT) and Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). This gathering brought together international students from various Malaysian universities and esteemed guests, including Prof. Dr. Azlinda Azman, Malaysia’s Director-General of Higher Education.

In the spirit of Malaysia’s inclusive ethos, each participating university was tasked with showcasing a unique national culture. And guess what? We got to showcase Indonesia! Our booth was a mini-Indonesia, featuring traditional games, attire, batik, our currency, and of course, mouth-watering Indonesian snacks! We were honored to illuminate Indonesia’s vibrant heritage at Universiti Malaya’s booth, especially knowing that UM is among the top three universities in Southeast Asia.

Strategically located at the entrance of the building, our booth attracted a lot of attention from the attendees. Many people appreciated our booth for its stunning presence, which also led them to enthusiastically learn about Indonesia’s culture through the presentations we provided publicly and discussions with our members. We even had a spontaneous ice-breaking session where we sang and danced to Javanese koplo in our booth. It was a superb experience to see people from different countries gathered around our booth, passionately moving their bodies to the dangdut rhythm.

Alongside the enchanting booth displays, our experience was elevated during a sumptuous fine dining event where we shared a meal with hundreds of individuals from different countries. The air was alive with the energy of cultural performances, each meticulously prepared by representatives from around the globe. I fondly remember our table joining in, trying to sing along with the melodies of the songs performed.

As an Indonesian passionate about arts and culture, my IISMA 2023 journey has broadened my knowledge of cross-cultural understanding, with this event being the most impactful one for me by far.


Name: Alifa Nasya Ramadhani
NIM: 14050120130047
Major: International Relations
Faculty: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Senin, 26 Februari 2024

Mahasiswi UNDIP Sosialisasikan Budaya Indonesia dengan Batik dan Masakan Tradisional di Belanda

Gambar 1.1 Para awardee IISMA dengan partner acara - Nijmegen, Belanda (27/09/2023) seorang mahasiswi Universitas Diponegoro (UNDIP) bernama Meyndi Christy mengikuti program pertukaran pelajar, Indonesia International Student Mobility Awards (IISMA), berkontribusi dalam mensosialisasikan budaya Indonesia melalui pengenalan batik dan masakan-masakan tradisional yang terbuka untuk komunitas lokal dan internasional. Bersama 14 awardees IISMA Radboud Universiteit (RU) lainnya, semua dalam tim memastikan kelancaran acara berjalan, termasuk memasakan makanan, menyajikan-nya, dan bersosialisasi dengan para partisipan yang datang. Berkolaborasi dengan komunitas mahasiswa lokal, Meet and Eat, tim IISMA berhasil mengadakan acara kampanye sosial yang bertujuan untuk melakukan pengabdian masyarakat dalam menyediakan makanan dengan harga terjangkau sebagai cara untuk memperkenalkan budaya yang kaya melalui kuliner tradisional Indonesia. 

Sebelum berangkat ke Belanda, Meyndi ditugaskan sebagai salah satu koordinator acara, bersama 3 awardee lain, yang bertanggung jawab untuk mengimplementasikan gagasan ide acara, mengawasi perencanaan, mengkoordinasi dan memantau divisi, dan bertindak sebagai penghubung/contact-person dengan mitra kolaboratif. Proses yang memakan hampir sebulan telah berhasil dalam memperoleh sejumlah 50 partisipan dalam acara, dengan minat yang kuat untuk mempelajari budaya Indonesia melalui kulineran. 

Gambar 1.2 Acara “Indonesian Night” 
dalam memperkenalkan budaya Indonesia 

Dengan tema, Indonesian Night, kampanye sosial tersebut menyajikan masakan tradisional yang terdiri dari 3 hidangan berturut-turut, melakukan presentasi, dan mengakhirinya dengan permainan Kahoot untuk semua partisipan acara. Setiap hidangan sangat kaya dengan kultur, meliputi gorengan yang bervariasi (bakwan, tahu isi, tempe), gado-gado, sate ayam, dan martabak. Acara dilanjutkan dengan menyediakan materi presentasi mengenai segi historis batik, hidangan makanan, dan pentingnya untuk aktif dalam memperluas wawasan budaya-budaya lain. Semua awardee IISMA juga mengenakan pakaian batik dalam merepresentasikan budaya Indonesia, setiap bahan memamerkan keindahan dan kebanggan cetakan karya batik dari negara sendiri. 

Dari pengalaman yang berharga ini, akan diharapkan bahwa dalam tujuan untuk melestarikan budaya Indonesia, harus mengajukan suatu inisiatif kuat untuk membagi ilmu dan memperkuat hubungan dengan berbagai komunitas secara lokal, maupun internasional. Sehingga, budaya yang sangat kaya dalam kultur akan selalu menjadi warisan yang bisa dibanggakan dari generasi ke generasi, bahkan kepada orang-orang di seluruh dunia. 

Achmad Munandar

Jumat, 23 Februari 2024

Mahasiswa KKN Tematik Desa Rembun Undip Melakukan Pendekatan Survei Lapangan dan Geotagging UMKM Pembuatan Peta Batas RT/RW, Sebarah Fasum, dan Sebaran UMKM di Desa Rembun

Loetju.idRembun, 23 Februari 2024 - Pekalongan selama ini lebih dikenal dengan sebutan “Kota Batik”. Pekalongan, padahal memiliki banyak UMKM (Unit Micro Kecil dan Menengah) yang bergerak di bidang konveksi. Perlu dikenalkan dan branding produk konveksi lainnya di Pekalongan. 

Selain itu masih banyak produk-produk UMKM lainnya yang bisa dikembangkan melalui digital marketing dan sistem informasi dengan menggunakan bahasa yang baik dan benar. Desa Rembun berlokasi di Kecamatan Siwalan, Kabupaten Pekalongan merupakan desa yang memiliki keanekaragaman geografis. Desa Rembun memiliki bebrapa dukuh dan fasilitas umum di dalamnya serta beberapa UMKM unggulan.

Peran SIG (Sistem Informasi Geografi) merupakan sebuah system yang sudah digunakan di berbagai platform geografi untuk pembuatan peta. Desa Rembun yang sebelumnya belum memiliki peta batas RT/RW dan sebaran fasilitas umum yang jelas. Pada masa KKN mahasiswa Teknik Geodesi mebuat suatu program dengan output yang dapat digunakan untuk lebih memperjelas peta batas RT/RW dan sebaran fasilitas umum yang ada di Desa Rembun melalui pendekatan survei lapangan, toponim, dan juga geotagging.

Tujuan dari program ini agar perangkat desa dan Masyarakat Desa Rembun lebih peduli dengan informasi geospasial. Selain itu, program ini mendukung peran dari society 5.0, dengan integrasi SIG maka masyarakat akan lebih aware dengan Internet of Things. Sehingga didapatkan peta yang lebih baik dan sesuai dengan kedaan lapangan yang ada di Desa Rembun tak terbatas hanya menggunakan citra foto maupun satellite.



Desa Rembun, Siwalan, Pekalongan

Achmad Munandar

Mahasiswa KKN Tematik Undip Optimalkan Media Pembelajaran Kartu Cerdas Ceria di MI Salafiyyah Rembun

Loetju.idPekalongan, 06 Februari 2024 - Mahasiswa Universitas Diponegoro (Undip) yang tergabung dalam program Kuliah Kerja Nyata (KKN) Tematik Universitas Diponegoro mengadakan kegiatan edukasi di MI Salafiyyah Rembun, Pekalongan. Kegiatan ini berfokus pada optimalisasi media pembelajaran melalui kartu cerdas ceria dalam meningkatkan upaya program P5 pada siswa kelas 4 dan 5 MI Salafiyyah Rembun.
Kartu cerdas ceria merupakan media pembelajaran inovatif yang dirancang oleh mahasiswa KKN Undip untuk membantu siswa dalam memahami materi pembelajaran dengan cara yang lebih menyenangkan dan interaktif. Kartu ini berisi berbagai macam materi pelajaran yang dikemas dalam bentuk permainan, teka-teki, dan aktivitas lainnya.

Kegiatan edukasi ini diawali dengan sosialisasi program P5 kepada siswa dan guru MI Salafiyyah Rembun. Kemudian, mahasiswa KKN Undip memandu siswa dalam menggunakan kartu cerdas ceria untuk belajar berbagai macam materi pelajaran yang dikemas dengan menarik. 

Antusiasme siswa terlihat jelas saat mereka mengikuti kegiatan edukasi ini. Mereka terlihat senang dan bersemangat dalam belajar menggunakan kartu cerdas ceria.

“Kartu cerdas ceria ini sangat membantu kami dalam belajar. Materinya mudah dipahami dan aktivitasnya menyenangkan,” ujar salah satu siswa kelas 5 MI Salafiyyah Rembun.
Program P5 (Projek Penguatan Profil Pelajar Pancasila) sendiri merupakan program yang bertujuan untuk mengembangkan karakter dan kompetensi siswa sesuai dengan profil Pelajar Pancasila. Program ini terdiri dari 6 projek, yaitu:

• Projek Bermain

• Projek Berkebinekaan Global

• Projek Bervisi Kearifan Lokal

• Projek Kewirausahaan

• Projek Pemanfaatan Teknologi

Selain itu, mahasiswa KKN Undip juga mengadakan pelatihan bagi guru MI Salafiyyah Rembun tentang penggunaan kartu cerdas ceria dalam proses pembelajaran. Kegiatan edukasi ini merupakan salah satu bentuk kontribusi nyata mahasiswa KKN Tematik Undip dalam membantu meningkatkan kualitas pendidikan di Indonesia.

Ahmad Imam Muzani
NIM: 40020621650163
Jurusan: Informasi dan Humas
Fakultas: Sekolah  Vokasi

Fajrul Falah, S.HUM. M.HUM. 
Riris Tiani, S.S., M.HUM.
Marwini, S.HI., M.A., M.SI.

Desa Rembun, Siwalan, Pekalongan

Achmad Munandar



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