Indonesian Student Visit to UniSZA - IRiSS

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A contribution to the breakthrough in the relations between Malaysia and Indonesia was realized when a collaboration between UniSZA and the Southeast Asia Academic Mobility (SEAAM) had conducted a student visit program from UniSZA to Indonesia and recently reciprocated in early October.

The visit involved 27 students and 14 lecturers from two universities in Surabaya and one in Manado, namely the Universitas Pembangunan Nasional Veteran Jawa Timur (UPNVJT), Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) and Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Manado; the students encompassed those in Bachelor and Master Programs alike. The visit was to allow local culture exposure, other than an exchange of knowledge and ideas through procurement of research papers and presentations.

The visit lasted for 12 days, filled with activities such as Class Sit-ins and tours to all three of UniSZA’s campuses, Terengganu State Museum, the Crystal Mosque, Payang Market, China Town and the industrial Keropok Losong premise. Games were also conducted to loosen up and build better rapport between both the committee and visitors after several tours previously.

The highlight of the visit was a two-day event; the International Student Symposium on Southeast Asia Studies and an Academic Writing Workshop by Dr. Baiq Wardhati and Dr. Suyatno Ladiqi. The former was a conference held for research presentations to take place, which sub-themes ranged from Transnationalism in Southeast Asia, Globalization and Governance, International Humanitarian Law, Islam and Politics, and Culture and Society. The latter was a one-day program aimed to give exposure and share tips to students in terms of producing research papers. These events were held from the 8th to 9th October.

Before departing the next day, our guests were brought to Tok Jembal Beach; beaches being one of the things which defines Terengganu. On the 12th, our guests had departed from the Sultan Mahmud Airport to KLIA before respectively flying to Surabaya and Manado a couple of days after.