History Students Promote Sampang Historical Sites Preservation

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Three students of Faculty of Humanities Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) receiving LKTI trophy (Photo: Special)

UNAIR NEWS – Three students of Historical Science, Faculty of Humanities Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) won national Scientific Paper Competition (LKTI) held from Wednesday, September 21 to Sunday, September 25. They won the first place by presenting their ideas on historical sites preservation and tourism development.

The three students succeeded in winning the trophy from the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education were Diki Febrianto (2015), Laras Setyaningsih (2015), and Wilda Haffata Yahfitu Zahra (2014). The competition was held by History Department Student Association (HMJ) Universitas Negeri Malang (UNM).

“It was our first experience to win national level competition as students. And it was scientific paper competition so we are expected to create great scientific work and innovation needed by the society,” said Diki to UNAIR News.

Diki with his team presented a paper titled “Optimalization of Queen Ebu Complex as Effort to Conservation and Historical Tourism Development in Sampang Regency”. During the writing process, UNAIR delegation went to the site to study the historical object located in Polagan village, Sampang.

In the paper, they presented their ideas on the historical site which is not managed well, so they offered innovative but realistic solutions. Their innovation was creating historical village as innovation to competition of ASEAN Economic Community.

“There are many more works on innovations and conservation. Uniqueness and packaging made us one of the six finalists. During presentation we were the last for presenting ideas,” said Diki.

From the teams presenting, Diki elaborated that the three judges interested to presentation and researches of other teams. During question and answer session, Diki’s team got a lot of questions. The other teams were curious, also appreciated innovation and research object UNAIR team offered.

Nevertheless, Diki admitted that during research, he and his team had their challenges such as capability and their college busy schedule. “We also had difficulty in designing innovation. It was quite challenging to illustrate innovation we offer as we are not graphic design students,” said Diki while laughing.

Diki hoped that his study would not only be a report. He hoped that it could be implemented so the historical site can be preserved and developed for education and tourism. (*)

Author: Lovita Martafabella
Editor: Defrina Sukma S.

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