On Friday, 21 October, Psychology of Disaster and Crisis class had a field study at Desa Giriasih, Gunung Kidul. It is a community-led innovation in disaster and humanitarian response Ngudi Mulya where an innovation was made in the form of mist irrigation for the farmers there and most of the farmers are elderly. The agenda from the series of activities consist of presentations from the group who made the innovation, named The Ngudi Mulya Group. The innovation was also made as a response to the issue of severe drought during the dry season in Gunung Kidul. During the dry season, the area of Gunung Kidul is lacking a water source which leads to the difficulty of the farmers in accessing water. To obtain water, the farmers have to buy and carry the water from the field which is quite demanding and difficult to conduct since the farmers are mostly elderly. This innovation is integrated with IT through smartphones, the farmers can activate their smartphones and schedule their irrigation period. This is also in accordance with the hope of attracting the interest of young generations in continuing Indonesian agricultural activities.
On the 30th of September, in Qualitative Research class, the lecture was delivered by Student Wellbeing Specialization Leader, Dr. Annie Gowing, a guest lecturer from the University of Melbourne. The lecture was about well-being in conducting research since Dr Annie Gowing is an expert when it comes to students’ well-being. During the lecture, Dr. Annie was very interactive towards the students, she engaged the class with various opening questions, leaving the students with a fruitful idea about their learning materials and enhancing their knowledge with research related topics.
In the new academic year of 2022/2023 during the odd semester, IUP Psychology has successfully opened their gates to welcome exchange students from outside of the country. The students are mostly from countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Australia. The exchange students are capable of joining several courses that are offered alongside with the other IUP students in accordance with their interests. To welcome the exchange students, our faculty were preparing a welcome event for them in order to shape their knowledge regarding the culture in Indonesia, especially in Yogyakarta and the rules and regulations in the Faculty of Psychology, Gadjah Mada University. The first event was held on 10th & 12th August 2022 through Zoom meeting with the main topic of discussing the Introduction to IUP and Explanation of the Academic Regulation. On the second day, 12th of August, the topic of Cultural Values in Indonesia was discussed with Ms. Metta and Ms. Nuning. There are several cultural values that were presented, including important phrases that can be used on daily basis, sexual violence, and local traditions. The event ended with the hope that the exchange students will be able to adapt with the new environment and enjoy their stay in Yogyakarta, especially in conducting their study in IUP Psychology, Gadjah Mada University.
Andhila ‘Lila’ Sasadara is a third-year undergraduate student from IUP Psychology, Gadjah Mada University, Batch 2020. Recently, Lila has just finished her short course as part of taking the International Academic Exposure program in South Korea, specifically at Yonsei University for their summer school program, known as Yonsei International Summer School. According to Lila, this program is very beneficial for conducting a study abroad within a short period of time. The summer program lasted for 6-weeks, students can enroll in a maximum of 3 courses with a total of 12 credits. Students can study about their designated courses while enjoying the city of Seoul and its culture. For Lila, she enrolled in 3 courses which include Media Psychology, Introduction to Media Study, and Korean Topics related to globalizations and multiculturalism. The reason she chose those courses is to relate with the study of psychology and turns out, the courses are heavily focused on human’s behavior and several psychological theories are mentioned within those courses. The chosen courses also inline with the mandatory internship courses which are implementation of learning media, information technology, interdisciplinary approach in psychology, and contemporary issues in psychology. Thus, this program makes it easier to convert my credits from Yonsei University to my transcript in Gadjah Mada University since the courses are inline with the study of Psychology. Another point, the lecturers are nice and genuine in giving scores for the students so it really made Lila grateful for enrolling for this program. Overall, the experience in conducting short-courses at Yonsei University was very valuable and it’s a great opportunity for choosing the International Academic Exposure category if students’ prefer the shorter period of student exchange. In obtaining the information for the upcoming International Academic Exposure programs, students can visit https://oia.ugm.ac.id/ for more options in selecting programs for taking the International Academic Exposure by International Undergraduate Program, Gadjah Mada University.
Today, we are going to chat with one of IUP foreign students, Nao from the batch of 2019! From Nao, we got to learn about his experiences in studying in Yogyakarta, specifically in IUP Psychology UGM. According to Nao, between Indonesia and his hometown, Malaysia, in terms of studies is quite different. In Malaysia, they have primary school for 6 years and secondary school for 5 years which lasts for 11 years in total, while Indonesia has 12 years of education in total. After they finish secondary school, they have to get their diploma before taking their degree. Nao’s first impression towards Yogyakarta is quite unique since at first, he didn’t know the existence of Yogyakarta but his mother recommended him to study in Yogyakarta, specifically in University of Gadjah Mada. Nao felt the connection between him and Yogyakarta and eventually he’s very happy to be in Yogyakarta, especially surrounded by its lively atmosphere, people and culture. In terms of studying in IUP Psychology, Nao is delighted with education systems where the lecturers, friends, seniors and assistants are all supportive. According to Nao, IUP Psychology also has outstanding academic records, advantageous educational programs such as college life and thesis writing techniques which are not only important for learning in degree life, but also prominent in terms of how we’re going to pursue our life in the future. Nao’s message for the future students is to try to expand your bubbles by gaining experiences and obtaining insights from your surroundings, try to be different and accept who you are, starting from studying in here, IUP Psychology of UGM!