Joint Summer Program of IPB-UNPAD 2016

From 29 August to 7 September 2016, a Joint Summer Program of Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) and Padjadjaran University (UNPAD), which is the second Joint Summer Program held in IPB as a program of the Ministry of Research and Technology and Higher Education. This program involves 21 students from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Russia, Korea, Germany, Madagascar, Azerbaijan, Peru, Afghanistan, Sudan, Uganda, and Nigeria.

Five topics are raised in this activity: (1) super camp on materials science, (2) geology of volcanic environment in West Java, (3) Indonesian medical plant, (4) developing entrepreneurial ideas in the creative industry, and (5) eco-friendly farming system: concept and application in tropical agriculture. Given the participants with different educational backgrounds and cultures, it is expected they will get a lot of learning in terms of not only the academic but also social and cultural aspects. For five days, the students attended a series of activities in Bandung includes orientation, learning traditional dance and music, language classes, climbing Mount Tangkuban Perahu, as well as the academic activities of the Faculty. Further, for three days they participated in some activities in Bogor, where IPB is the host. The first day of the Joint Summer Program at IPB began with a visit to Bogor Botanical Garden as a site of plant diversity. Here, they carried out a group observation, divided into four different topics, namely medicinal plants, ornamental plants, industrial plants and food crops. The results of the group observation are delivered by each team in the form of a short presentation and poster.

The second day is an academic program and a visit to the Tourism Village of Cinangneng. The academic program is the presentation of the topic delivered by Prof. Dr. Made Astawan on “Tempe: Indonesia Food Heritage” and by Alfi Irfan, STP with the topic “Empowering Local SMEs”. On the third day, the participants visited the Tempe House of Indonesia (RTI) in Cilendek, Bogor.

The Joint Summer Program IPB-UNPAD 2016 was closed by the Director of Cooperation and International Program of IPB Dr. Edy Hartulistiyoso. At the end of the program, participants were given the opportunity to have a campus tour around IPB campus before leaving Bogor heading to Bandung.

“Such a program is not for our benefit, but rather for the students’, especially networking. We never know what will happen in the future, so that networking becomes an important thing that needs to be developed and socialized,” said Chairman of the Committee, Liyantono. *** (Mtd)

Source: Bogor Agricultural University