UNAIR NEWS – For students, scholarship and exchange opportunities are always looked for during their studies and afterwards. Unfortunately, students often have limited knowledge and information about programs abroad. Therefore, Airlangga Global Engagement (AGE) seeks to accommodate the needs of these students through Global Writing Clinic (GWC) 2020 which was held on March 4, 2020 and Thursday, March 5, 2020.
Being held in Kahuripan 300 Room, Campus C UNAIR, the event presented four speakers from lecturers and students who received prestigious scholarships abroad. Azizah Surayya as a student who received an Erasmus scholarship and Triubaida Maya Ardianti, S.Pd., M.A., M.Pd. as a lecturer in Faculty of Vocational Studies and recipient fo Unggulan Dikti scholarship shared their experience on the first day. They both shared information about initial steps to apply for the scholarship.
Meanwhile, on the second day, the event was even more lively with the presentation from Inge Dhamanti, SKM., MPH., Ph.D as a recipient of Australia Award Scholarship and Sidarta Prassetyo, SS., MA., TESOL as a recipient of Fulbright Scholarship. Presenting material on how to write a curriculum vitae (CV) and personal statement, Inge explained that there were several important things to consider before starting everything.
“The important thing in a CV is your contribution to society and the environment. Volunteering activities, organizations, and other student activities are points that are highly considered by scholarship organizers. So to have a good CV, it takes a long and gradual time, “said the lecturer of Faculty of Public Health.
Inge recommended that students should start browsing the scholarship websites and build a picture of what scholarships they want to choose and match their expertise and experience. “Don’t be afraid to invest in experience, networking, and other opportunities outside your studies,” Inge said.
Meanwhile, Sidarta who is Faculty of Vocational Studies lecturer shared important tips on interviews and writing motivation letters. “The words and sentences that were first written in your motivation letter must be unique, unusual, and able to attract attention. Furthermore, the analysis between expertise and motivation for wanting to join the scholarship must also be clear, ” he said.
Dian Ekowati SE., M.Si., M.AppCom (OrgCh)., Ph.D. as the Head of AGE revealed that the GWC is an effort to build the foundation of UNAIR’s internationalization program. “This event is already the third time. We want to open and provide internationalization opportunities for students. Hopefully this will also improve internationalization of UNAIR, ” she said
The event succeeded in drawing the attention of 250 students from all faculties at UNAIR. GWC 2020 was carried out following the results of surveys and input from students who expect information and training on scholarships.
Author: Intang Arifia
Editor: Feri Fenoria