The uniqueness and richness of Javanese culture has enormous potential to remain conserved and preserved, especially on the island of Java, this wealth makes Indonesia have an advantage over other countries, therefore the University of Semarang International Office organizes Summer Camp 2019 with the theme of Cultural Ecology Java Is the Little Asia. It was held for six full days from Monday (6/17) to Saturday (6/22) opened by the Head of the Administrative Board of Diponegoro University Alumni Foundation, Prof. H Abdullah Kelib, S.H, attended by USM Rector Andy Kridasusila, S.E., M.M, and USM Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Prof. Dr. Dra. Hardani Widhiastuti, M.M, psi.
On that occasion, Prof. H Abdullah Kelib, S.H said that he greatly appreciated the activity, where non-academic activities were one of the proofs of USM’s success in organizing international activities. “With this activity, it is hoped that USM will be better known internationally. Especially in these activities can introduce cultural diversity that is owned by Indonesia, especially in the area of Central Java,” he said, Monday (6/17).
Meanwhile, USM Rector Andy Kridasusila, S.E., M.M stated that through this activity, it was hoped that synergy could be established between USM and universities from abroad. “Either academic or non-academic activities, referring to Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, one of the indicators is how we can establish synergies with universities abroad. Both the exchange of students for academic activities and for other activities such as those currently related to culture,” said the Rector. “Responding to that context, we carry out activities related to culture, environment, society, and others,” he added.
Prof. Dr. Dra. Hardani Widhiastuti, M.M said, it is the implementation of internalization of higher education program from government. The program is carried out annually. The purpose of this activity is to introduce Indonesia, especially Central Java. The program participants are overseas students from every degree of higher education from all around the world. “The campus also not only invites but also sends, it is more than the instruction from the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education,” she stated.
It was attended by 17 foreign students from 8 countries. The names of the participants are Ana Katrina C De Guzman (Filipina), Bih Hua Liew (Malaysia), Clarissa T Rivera (Filipina), Dienorrita Binti Basri (Malaysia), Euclid Ferrer Infante (Filipina), Faten Ermala Che Othman (Malaysia), Ha Mai Thy (Vietnam), Nguyen Thanh Lam (Filipina), Nguyen Thi My Giau (Vietnam), Nur Hanna Salsabila Muhammad Nasir (Malaysia), Nurul Ain Simbolon Binti Rizal (Malaysia), Panupong Sangtong (Thailand), Rakatovao Mamitiana Mariah (Madagascar), Silas Hamenyimana (Burundi), Sulaiman Tayeh (Thailand) and Nurtilek Kadyrov (the Republic of Kyrgyz).
The concept of this activity according to the Head of International Office Tatas Transinata, M.Pd. is learning culture and nature of Central Java that influencing the society.
This activity is also in accordance with the strategic plan of Diponegoro University Alumni Foundation and USM to establish cooperation with international universities and institutions.
With this activity, it is hoped that students are able to learn about the surrounding environment where the coast, beaches, forests, and mountains are said to represent Asia where everything on Java is expected to help preserve the environment in Java.