UNAIR NEWS – Participating in an international conference is a precious experience for students especially if the conference was held abroad and experienced for the first time. That was felt I Wayan Putra Radityawan, a student of S-1 Psychology, Facuty of Psychology, Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR).
With Nelly Marhayati and Prakrisno Satrio, students of S-3 FPsi, Wayan had a chance to join in 23rd International Congress of International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology(IACCP) held in Nagoya, Japan. It was held from July 30 to August 3 2016. It was a collaborative event between IACCP and The International Academic Forum (IAFOR).
In the occasion, Wayan represented his paper titled “The Application of Token Economy to Improve Obediencce Behaviour in the Students of Anak Ceria Kindergarten”. Beside Wayan, it was written by Ayu Fitria, Hanny Gustiyanti, Musrifatul Jannah, Nisva Lailatun Nisa, and Windy Marifatiyanti.
“For this event, I represented my team which could not participate so for the presentation I did it myself. But I was not the only one from UNAIR, there is Bu Nelly from the Psychology doctoral degree UNAIR, even though we were in different rooms and had different themes. She was in the theme of migration acculturation,” he said.
Wayan felt lucky for being able to participate in the event as the participants were researchers which focus on cross cultural psychological studies of many countries. There were students, lecturers and even professional practitioners.
IACCP events themed “Cultural Neuroscience: Accomplishment So Far and Future Directions” was started with pre-congress activity. Wayan was proud for being able to meet and greet with academicians from many countries.
“I had a lot of new experiences and insights I never got from UNAIR. And I really appreciated how the spirit of researching was immense. We shared our researches’ results and many have got positive inputs to improve their researches,” he said.
Wayan felt even more spirited as his paper was greatly appreciated. Other participants and researchers appreciated his research as well as gave inputs and suggestions.
“Here as a student I learned a lot of lessons and I also tried to gather more information regarding learning abroad and joining research of other institution abroad,” said the student born in Liquica, Timor Leste, October 30, 1994.
Nelly, had opportunities to join two events in Nagoya. Before IACCP, Nelly participated in Ph.D Summer school held from July 26 to 30, 2016, in Nakatsugawa, Nagoya.
“The objective was to support doctoral students from across the world especially the ones concentrated in cross cultural Psychology to gain more knowledge which supports their dissertation either from the mentor or colleagues from other countries,” said Nelly.
Nelly admitted that by participating in the event she got many experiences which support her dissertation as well as gain other knowledge. She even had a discussion with her roommate who was a research professor in University of Miami, the USA, to conduct a research collaboration in 2017 in Indonesia.
“I want to express my gratitude to UNAIR, especially the officials of Psychology faculty, and Doctoral program for their supports so I could participate in the events in Nagoya Japan. It was held every two years by IACCP and it would be better if UNAIR especially psychology faculty to send their representatives either lecturers or students for this event,” said Nelly. (*)
Author : Binti Q. Masruroh
Editor: Defrina Sukma S.