2,531 UNAIR Students Hold KKN in 235 Villages, 17 of Them Are Foreign Students

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Rector of Universitas Airlangga Prof. M Nasih presenting KKN guidebook to student representatives witnessed by Head of LP4M Prof. Jusuf Irianto (right). (Photo: Binti Q Masruroh)

UNAIR NEWS – Rector of Universitas Airlangga sends 2,531 students out for Community Service Program – Learning Together with the Community (KKN-BBM) and Cipta Karya Thematic KKN. From 2,531 students, 17 of them are foreign students. The ceremony was held in Airlangga Convention Center (ACC), Campus C UNAIR, Monday, January 16.

Rector of Universitas Airlangga Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nasih, SE., MT., Ak., CMA., in his address stated that this KKN activity is expected to facilitate students in integrating their knowledge they gain from classes. So any disciplines of the students can be implemented in this KKN program.

“Furthermore, this KKN is a place to show science and technology mastery, in order to use KKN as a place to hone skills and be sensitive to problems of the society, to implement knowledge and science they gain from their classes,” said Prof. Nasih.

Previously, Thematic KKN was only conducted in Surabaya. But this year’s Thematic KKN is reaching Probolinggo Regency.

”Cipta Karya Thematic KKN includes sanitation, clean water project and housing. They have different measurement method. The implementation is also different,” said the Head of Institute of Community Service, Education, Training and Development (LP4M ) Prof. Dr. H. Jusuf Irianto, M.Com.

In this year’s KKN, there are 2,531 students supervised by 124 Field Supervising Lecturers (DPL). All of them are spread to five regions, Bojonegoro, Probolinggo, Nganjuk, Sampang and Surabaya, divided into 25 sub-districts and 235 villages. One group with 10-12 students is placed in each village.

Currently, LP4M is preparing five new regions for the next KKN-BBM activity. They are Gresik, Lamongan, Kediri, Jember, and Banyuwangi. Jusuf said that the plan for more locations is in line with UNAIR vision to provide service and positive impacts in the society.

Thousands of UNAIR students, 17 of them are from Brunei Darussalam, ready to head to 235 villages in East Java. (Photo: Binti Q Masruroh)

“It must be prepared well so this KKN can really bring positive impacts. We design it to meet the locals’ need and also appropriate with the students’ competence and the preparation has been extensively done. Hopefully for the next semester we can have 10 locations,” said the professor of FISIP.

Like the previous years, KKN is also participated by foreign students. For this year, there are 17 foreign students from 2,531 students. They are from Universitas Brunei Darussalam. All of the foreign students are sent to Nganjuk in different villages.

“There are some students from Universitas Brunei Darussalam. To avoid any shocks, we put them in Nganjuk Regency. They are spread in different villages. There are two foreign students from Brunei in each villages,” he said.

The seventeen foreign students are participating KKN-BBM UNAIR to gain knowledge and improve their soft skills.

“I hope that I can get precious experience in this KKN-BBM. I want to know more about the culture. I’m happy to be here,’ said Haldiyah,one of the KKN-BBM participants from Brunei Darussalam. (*)

Author: Binti Quryatul Masruroh
Editor: Bambang Bes

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