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.
Universitas Gadjah Mada
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.
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.
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.