Asean Economic Community (AEC) becoming the popular issue nowadays insists all citizens of the South East Asian countries, including Indonesia, be well prepared in terms of international-level capability. Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) with its tagline START HERE GO ANYWHERE is committed to prepare its students with ability to compete in this global world. One of efforts done to undertake the internationalization is the implementation of International Teaching Practicum in Univesiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) for the students from Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (FKIP) for 28 days.
Last week, UMP through International Affairs Office (IAO) conducted a briefing for the students before they leave for UTM. The briefing attended by Santhy Hawanti, PhD., the Director of IAO, Drs. Pamujo, MPd., the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs of FKIP UMP, and Pratik Hari Yuwono, MA., the lecturer of FKIP UMP was for giving the explanation of any important information before the students’ departure to Malaysia.
Dr. Jebul Suroso, the Vice Rector for Development and Partnership Affairs, believes this international teaching practicum program is very important to show how UMP wants to position itself in the international level. “This program is intended to give both academic and cultural experience for our students. As a vice rector, I give my appreciation for the dean of FKIP and the director of IAO for implementing this program. In the future, we are expecting to have more collaborative activities such as community services for all faculties,” said Jebul.
Moreover, Santhy who has experienced of living in Australia during her doctoral study and in Bulgaria while teaching Bahasa Indonesia in the SAME Program from the Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristek Dikti) gave motivation and preparation so that the students will be mentally ready to teach Malaysian students at schools in Johor Baru region, Malaysia. “You all have to enjoy any challenges you face in your life, so you’ll find it easier to solve them. Believe in yourself!” said Santhy.
Apart from that, Pamujo told the students to behave well, obey any rules during their stay, and save face of the university’s reputation. He wants to ensure the students are completely ready to undertake this teaching practicum. In addition, Pratik emphasized this program is so beneficial and valuable that the students need to take as many advantages of it while learning and gaining experiences in Malaysia. The students will carry out this international teaching practicum program from February 14th to March 15th, 2017. (Nov-kui)