Yogyakarta, June 20, 2023 – The English Language Study Program at the University of Ma’arif Nahdlatul Ulama (UMNU) Kebumen is set to establish a groundbreaking partnership with the esteemed Faculty of Cultural Sciences at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta. The collaborative effort aims to enhance cross-cultural understanding and academic cooperation between the two institutions, fostering a vibrant environment for international students from various backgrounds.
A crucial milestone was achieved during a recent discussion held at UGM, where representatives from both faculties shared their visions and outlined plans for a seminar on cross-cultural understanding. The event will provide a platform for international students studying at UGM, hailing from diverse countries, to engage in insightful discussions and exchange ideas. This seminar seeks to broaden their understanding of different cultures and encourage meaningful interactions among participants.
The meeting was attended by prominent figures from UGM’s Faculty of Cultural Sciences and UMNU’s English Language Study Program. Dr. Mimi Savitri, M.A., Vice Dean for Research, Community Service, Cooperation, and Alumni of FIB UGM, and Dr. Adi Sutrisno, Head of the English Letter Division at FIB UGM, were present to represent UGM. Their participation highlighted the commitment of UGM in fostering academic collaborations and promoting intercultural dialogue.
The delegation from UMNU Kebumen included Hastri Firharmawan, M.Pd, Vice Rector II of UMNU Kebumen, Alek Andika, Dean of the Faculty of Teacher Training, and Atik Muhimumatun Asroriyah, M.Ed, Head of the English Language Study Program. Together, they expressed their enthusiasm for this collaboration, emphasizing the value it would bring to their students’ educational experience.
Furthermore, several students from the English Language Education Study Program at UMNU Kebumen attended the discussion, actively contributing their perspectives and insights on the potential benefits of the partnership. Their participation highlighted the eagerness and dedication of the students to engage in meaningful cross-cultural exchanges and broaden their horizons.
Dr. Mimi Savitri, M.A., expressed her excitement about the collaboration, stating, “This partnership signifies a significant step towards fostering a global perspective among our students and promoting cultural understanding. By engaging with international students from UGM, our students will have the opportunity to develop essential skills in intercultural communication and broaden their worldview.”
Dr. Adi Sutrisno echoed these sentiments, adding, “We believe that this partnership will facilitate a fruitful exchange of knowledge and experiences between our institutions. By organizing the seminar on cross-cultural understanding, we aim to create a platform for students to learn from one another, celebrating the rich diversity of cultures represented at UGM.”
The partnership program between UMNU Kebumen’s English Language Study Program and UGM’s Faculty of Cultural Sciences represents a significant milestone in promoting academic cooperation and cross-cultural understanding. By nurturing this collaborative effort, both institutions are poised to enhance the educational experiences of their students and contribute to a more inclusive and interconnected world.