Three students from IUP Psychology 2021, Naida Ghozalba, Radia Maharani, and Aidine Afiga, successfully took part in the 2nd Thailand International Conference (TICP) to present their research findings. In March 2023, they got a broadcast from WhatsApp regarding the conduct of an international conference that will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 4, 2023, titled the 2nd Thailand International Conference on Psychology (TICP) 2023. The conference’s main topic is Psychology for Health and Well-being in the BANI World. They must join a selection to be the presenter by conducting research, creating the abstract, and sending it as the selection material. They can present their research at the event if the abstract is accepted. At first, Naida was interested, but she felt hesitant about joining the event. A few days after getting the broadcast message, Naida was talking with Aidine and Tani about the conference, and it turns out they were interested in joining it.
Masniary Hapsari ‘Oik’ was a student in IUP Psychology from Batch 2017. After graduating from IUP Psychology in 2021, she needed clarification about the career she wanted to pursue. She tried to explore career opportunities in Psychology and finally became an assistant psychologist at Biro Psikologi Intuisi, Yogyakarta. Nearing the end of the contract, she realized that she loved working with children, especially those with disabilities. This aligns with her prior motivation to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in the first place. On the other hand, she also wanted to continue further education and immediately recognized the urgency of finding a financial sponsorship to ease her parents. She tried to apply for the Chevening Scholarship, but it didn’t turn out how she hoped. Feeling down, she realized that experiences are necessary for pursuing a master’s degree.
One of the IUP Psychology students batch 2022, Asma Ningrum Abdurrahman was given the incredible opportunity to compete in a prestigious Model United Nations (MUN) competition in Singapore. Asma is a member of the UGM Model United Nations Community. She registered with the International Delegation in Singapore MUN and was appointed World Health Assembly. The delegates must create a resolution related to ‘The Question of Substandard and Falsified Drugs’ and ‘The Question of the Protection of Healthcare Workers. Asma is assigned as the delegate of the Republic of Mauritius. The conference lasted four days, from 6 until 9 June 2023. After speeches and debates, Asma is overjoyed to be chosen as a competition winner, being the first Honorable Mention in the World Health Assembly Council. For Asma, it was a challenging and rewarding experience that required her complete commitment and participation throughout the event, primarily since she represents herself as a Gadjah Mada University student.
Manar Al-Ogaidi is an exchange student from Macquarie University. Manar’s student exchange program was at the international undergraduate psychology program in Universitas Gadjah Mada. Courses she completed included: Community Empowerment and Psychoeducation, Psychology of Communication, Mental Health, Psychology of Marriage and Family, Psychology and Culture, Psychology of Disaster and Crisis, Psychology of Emotion and Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
She really loved the new learning environment! She felt extremely welcomed and comfortable from the first time she arrived. She really appreciated how they were given the ‘feels at home away from home’ T-shirts when they first arrived too! Those kind, unforgettable gestures from both peers and teaching staff continued throughout her time at Jogja and in UGM. She also found the classrooms really interesting as they reminded her of a highschool layout. She loved that since the class seemed close together, which is different to her uni classes in Sydney with a cohort of over 1000.
For Vina, her exchange studies took place in Leeuwarden, Netherlands at the University of Groningen: Campus Fryslan. She took five courses namely Explaining Human Behaviour, Homes and Car: GRL Homes and Cars: Technologies, Citizens and the Energy Transition, Language and Culture, Psychological Perspectives on Leadership, and lastly, Diversity, Intersectionality and Global Health. All the courses were taught in English as the program also involved international students from outside of the Netherlands. She was a bit hesitant and scared when she first knew about the courses that were offered as not many were directly related to the major that she followed in UGM which is Psychology. But once the classes started, it was actually very interesting to learn some things that she would never encounter as a Psychology major. It was also exciting to be able to have many discussions about different cultures and even share about Indonesia to other students in those classes.