UNAIR NEWS – There is a great potential for Indonesian regions, especially in East Java, to develop their tourism sector. However, not all regions can manage and develop these potentials properly due to lack of knowledge of human resources.
Therefore, Faculty of Science and Technology Universitas Airlangga (FST UNAIR) held another International Community Service Program (KKN) in Sine Hamlet, Kalibatur Village, Kalidawir Sub-district, Tulungagung. The activity, which was participated by 29 local students and 7 international students, was carried out from January 21 to January 27, 2020.
The seven international students were from the University of Malaya (UM), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Punjab University of Pakistan, also Timor-Leste, Myanmar and Tanzania.
Dr. Nanik Siti Aminah, M.Si., as Vice Dean III said that Community Service Program was the third time of organization. It was done to help Sine hamlet to develop its own tourist area based on various activities carried out in UNAIR’s international community service program.
“This activity is intended to explore the potential of local community until they can be independent. So maybe after the fourth organization, we could let them be independent, and the next activity can be moved to another place that still needs assistances, “he said at Faculty Meeting Room in KKN student send-off ceremony on January 20, 2020.
The send-off ceremony was presided by FST Dean, Prof. Win Darmanto. M.Si., Ph.D. and attended by Vice Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, and Vice Dean for Research and Partnerships, also all Field Guiding Lecturers (DPL) and all students taking parts in the KKN program.
Dr. Nanik revealed that the focus of the Community Service Program was the development of the previous program. Moreover, the main program is Sine Festival with Sine got talents activities.
“Last year we focused on IT because we built a website. This year the website already exists, so we are developing it, and it still works. Then last semester we made a festival, and now at the request of the local community the festival is still being made with various improvements in the hope that more successful activities will be obtained, ” she explained.
Furthermore, she continued, with a theme, Sine Back to Nature, the KKN team continued to reform Cemoro Sewu tourism area. Nanik said, Cemoro Sewu revamping activity was done in collaboration with the Tulungagung Tourism Office, Guyub Rukun Fishing Community Tulungagung, and the Sine Beach Pokdarwis (tourism-aware group).
With the International Community Service Program, Nanik hoped that FST students will become international class students. This activity can also be an opportunity for FST UNAIR students to work together with international students. So, it will also boost the number of inbound students for UNAIR.
“In addition, we also train them to handle an event, from the preparation, activities, even the evaluation as well,” she concluded. (*)
Author: Asthesia Dhea Cantika
Editor : Binti Q. Masruroh