On Thursday, 16 January 2024, IUP Psychology conducted a seminar with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia for the event titled “Undergraduate Final Year Project International Seminar 2024”. In this seminar, three students of IUP Psychology participated as speakers where they briefly presented their thesis. The first participant, Ni Putu Sitha, presented her thesis about sleep deprivation, with the title “The Effect of Moderate Sleep Deprivation on Working Memory Performance.” Her experience was both enlightening and engaging. The virtual platform provided an opportunity to connect with a diverse audience interested in the world of research and, of course, the intricate relationship between sleep and cognitive function.
On 13 July 2023, the International Undergraduate Program in Psychology at UGM had the pleasure of visiting a prestigious Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bukit Jambul in Penang, Malaysia. The purpose of our visit was to promote our program and share our vast knowledge and passion for teaching and research in Psychology.
Around 350 students eagerly visited and collected information at our booth. Upon engaging with the students, we were delighted to learn that their initial understanding of Psychology encompassed various keywords such as “motivation,” “stress,” “counseling,” and “mental health.” However, we took the opportunity to inform them that the discipline of Psychology taught at Gadjah Mada University covers a much broader spectrum of topics, including the fascinating fields of neuropsychology and forensic psychology.
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.
On Friday, 12 Mei 2023, the character education and development class conducted a field study at Olifant School accompanied by Ms. Elga Andriana, Ph.D. The event’s main topic was character education, titled “The Art of Implementing Character Education.” The activity consists of presenting material, sharing experiences by Olifant students, and question & answer related to the material from IUP Psychology students.
The initial discussion mainly focused on the roles of the community, teachers, and schools for their students. Olifant emphasizes that the students have a decisive role when they have Teaching-Learning activities. For example, teachers encourage students to make a target and agreement for the class by deciding on one behavior that everyone in the class has to improve. With commitment and responsibility, students are motivated to be committed to the class and take accountability for what they do in each class session. Students also favor active class participation as they engage in class discussions and introduce various new ideas to the debate.
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.