UNAIR NEWS – Inspired by a foreign students from Myanmar who suffered from low back pain , the Deputy director of Postgraduate School Universitas Airlangga and the officials then invited foreign students to follow healthy calisthenics every Friday as seen on Friday morning, February 2 in front of the building Management Master’s UNAIR.
The calisthenics event was attended by officials, heads of programs and postgraduate staffs, as well as all foreign students including students who are members of the Postgraduate School Student Association (HIMASEPA).
In total, there were 14 foreign students from different countries who are studying in postgraduate. They are from Myanmar, Syria, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Nigeria. They are in programs such as human resource development (PSDM), immunology, forensic science, fisheries and marine biotechnology, and Islamic economics.
“All the postgraduate students follow the morning calisthenics here. Apparently they are very enthusiastic, especially with Via Vallen’s songs. They are very happy, ” said Deputy Director I Postgraduate School Prof. Dr. Anwar Ma’ruf, drh., M. Kes.
In addition to invite the students to always maintain health, Prof. Anwar said that, healthy calisthenics every Friday is aimed to build kinship among students and academic community in the postgraduate school. Because, foreign students are likely to feel homesick.
“With this exercise, we want them to exercise so they won’t be easily sick. Then, they enjoy being here, in UNAIR. That’s what we want, “he added.
For the sake of establishing intimacy with students, continued Prof. Anwar, along with other postgraduate school, they want to invite the foreign students to their home, so they feel UNAIR as their second home.
On that occasion, Prof. Anwar at the same time invited all foreign students who study at UNAIR to follow the morning gymnastics in the postgraduate school. It is done every Friday from 06.30 to 07.30.
“Hopefully there will be more participants, not only postgraduate students but also all foreign students at UNAIR. They are invited. After the exercise we’ll have breakfast together, “said Prof. Anwar.
A Syrian student, Khalid, was very enthusiastic to follow the movement of the instructor who led in front of the line. Not only following the movement of the instructor, the student of Islamic Economics also came to enjoy the dangdut music that was chosen for the exercise.
“I want this kind of exercise program to continue so we have high spirits in learning,” said Khalid. (*)
Author: Binti Q. Masruroh
Editor: Feri Fenoria