UNAIR NEWS – Twenty Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) students participated in the Summer Course program at Asia University, Taiwan. The activity was carried out for two weeks, starting from Thursday, July 29 to Friday, August 9, 2019.
The activity was attended by 63 students from several countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Taiwan. After participating in the summer course, all participants were asked to create business projects that can be implemented in groups.
Like a short semester, the activity was filled with lectures and several guest lectures. All participants also took part in field trips and market surveys. The activity aimed to broaden students’ insights and experiences, especially in the field of entrepreneurship.
The twenty UNAIR students who participated in the event came from several faculties at UNAIR. One of them was Evi Aninatin Ni’Matul Choiriyah, a student of class 2016 Islamic Economics Program.
During her summer course activities, Evi admitted that she was constrained by language differences. “People here use traditional Mandarin. So, every time we communicate we have to hand out our mobile phones to use Google Translate, ” she said.
Therefore, in the first week, Evi and a number of other participants from UNAIR were confused until the bus driver dropped them off. “We were dropped off, so we had to look for the closest route to Asia University and fortunately got it on time,” she said.
In the field trip activity, they were invited to Hugosum, one of the black tea factories in Taiwan. Students learned the production process from the beginning of picking tea in the garden to the packaging process. What is unique, the factory does not only produce tea, but also ice cream made from black tea.
“It has never been found in Indonesia, where all of the products provided by the basic ingredients come from black tea,” she stated.
All participants also had the opportunity to make traditional Taiwanese snacks, such as pudding. In Indonesia, the snack is called Kue Thok. “We really tried to make Kue Thok from mixing the cake mixture into various shapes and then baked it,” Evi added.
Besides, Evi and her group conducted a market survey in Night Market Yizhong. The survey was conducted based on the final project of each group. “Our group’s final project adopted a Puyo beverage product. So, we conducted a market survey whether this type of beverage is common in Taiwan, “she said.
“I learned a lot about techniques and the sciences of entrepreneurship. I hope I could integrate my project in the real world, ” she said.
This activity is one of the Airlangga Mobility programs themed Creativity and Entrepreneurship. Previously, UNAIR through Airlangga Global Engagement (AGE) held an MoU with Asia University. So UNAIR students can participate in these activities. (*)
Author: Erika Eight Novanty
Editor: Feri Fenoria Rifa’i