INDIAIR Introduces Local Culture to International Students

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Some international students learn to make batik in Winter Session program, Indonesian Diversity at Airlangga (INDIAIR). (Photo: By courtesy)

UNAIR NEWS – In an effort to achieve reputation excellence and competitive value towards World Class University, Universitas Airlangga through Airlangga Global Engagement (AGE) presents Winter Session program titled Indonesian Diversity at Airlangga(INDIAIR). It aims to introduce Indonesian culture and language to international students, for 12 days from Jan. 14 to Jan. 26, 2019.

The activity was divided into two programs, in-class activity held at Universitas Airlangga and field-trips, on-site visits, and cultural trips to several places. The program was started with a student summit with several speakers. It was held to provide a general description of diversity in Indonesia before participants explore further through the programs.

The implementation of the international program aims to improve the quality of education services, attract students from other countries, and improve international mobility index. By participation in INDIAIR program, international students can understand the cultural difference, gain broad insight and experience, and raise awareness about the importance of pluralism in a democratic system.

Wilda Qonita Romadhona as the Coordinator of INDIAIR 2019 program said that the event, Indonesian Diversity at Universitas Airlangga is annual program initiated by Airlangga Global Engagement to introduce the diversed culture of Indonesia.

“This year marks the second time IndiAir is conducted. in the next two weeks, you will experience the Indonesian Diversity through classes, field trip, and enganging with the locals,” she said.

These activities are expected to show the quality of UNAIR education to the international students and partners. The program is held during winter holiday.

Nabila, one of the international students from Management and Science University, Malaysia expressed her joy for joining the program as she gained a lot of experience. She can also take advantage of this opportunity to explore other culture and participate in education of Universitas Airlangga.

“I am happy to be able to join this program. There is language uniqueness, cultural diversity, and various kinds of food and it becomes one of my valuable experiences, ” said Nabila.

“I also got a lot of friends here. My foreign language is also getting better,” she added.

Through programs implemented by AGE, UNAIR has improved its academic mobility and ready to compete with other state universities. There are various international programs and scholarships offered to experience learning and living in Indonesia. (*)

Author: Khefti Al Mawalia

Editor: Feri Fenoria

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