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There are 13 students from four universities in Indonesia selected for Domestic Student Exchange (PERMATA) in UNAIR. (Photo: Binti Q.M)

UNAIR NEWS – Universitas Airlangga also participates and supports the domestic student exchange (PERMATA). The university sends and receives students from other universities in Indonesia. PERMATA is a program of nationalism improvement organized by Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia.

There are 13 students from four universities in Indonesia received in UNAIR on Wednesday, September 14. They are from Universitas Sumatera Utara, Universitas Tadulako, Universitas Syah Kuala, and Universitas Sam Ratulangi. Those 13 students were received by Vice Rector of UNAIR for Academic and Student Affairs,  Prof. Djoko Santoso, dr., Sp.PD-KGH., Ph.D., FINASIM.

During the reception, Director of Human Resources,  Dr. Purnawan Basundoro, S.S., M.Hum., who represented Director of Education UNAIR, Dean of Faculty of Law  UNAIR Prof. Dr. Drs. Abd. Shomad, SH, MH, and Dean of Faculty of Public Health (FKM) Prof. Dr. Tri Martiana, dr., MS were also present.

For six months ahead, the thirteen students will join academic and non academic activities in UNAIR, but non academic activities which improve soft skills are prioritized. Therefore for the next six months, they took only 12 credits of courses max.

Vice Rector I UNAIR, Prof. Djoko said that it is an effort to implement and reinforce the spirit of diversity as the students don not only learn academically but also to understand the community different from their origins. He also gave useful messages to the students who will learn in UNAIR.

“This twenty-first century is difficult to predict. Who can take on the challenges are the ones who can maintain physical and spiritual health, update their intellectuals and develop their social circles,” said Prof. Djoko.

Meanwhile, Purnawan as the Human Resources Director of UNAIR said that this student exchange is an opportunity for students to learn as much as they can to gain experience to share in their own universities.

“PERMATA is a program designed by the government to understand Indonesia better. The six month program must be exploited well either in classes or outside the classes. Good experiences can be shared to other friends in your own universities,” said Purnawan.

Herman Syah from Universitas Sumatera Utara who takes Nursing admitted glad that he could be one of the selected students for PERMATA program. He hoped that he can learn much from UNAIR.

“There are a lot of things I wanted to learn here. Improving nationalism, cross-culture communication and hopefully getting better softskills, experiences I do not get in north Sumatera. When I get back there, I will share them to my friends,” said the student of the fifth semester who is actve in religious organization and BEM.

Wulandari from Universitas Syah Kuala who took Accounting hoped that she will make a lot of colleagues and acquaintances from many regions. She aslso said that there are many things different from her university in UNAIR such as the implementation of Islamic law which influences the lengthy duration of learning and participation in campus activity.

“The most different thing was the language. Everyone speaks Indonesian. We also implements Islamic law. It’s great here as we can learn until evening. If in our place, at six in the evening we have to get out of the university,” said Wulandari.

There are also six UNAIR students in the similar program. They are from Water Management and Public Health of UNAIR PDD Banyuwangi. They joined the program in some of those universities. (*)

Author : Binti Q. Masruroh
Editor    : Nuri Hermawan

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