Sustainable Development Goals on Asean Youth Initiative Conference 2016 – Nurhildayati’s Story

Asean Youth Initiative Conference (AYIC). This very first conference made by the students of Padjajaran University brought me to go deeply into some issues of ASEAN especially my country, Indonesia. This event was held in UNPAD Training Centre, Bandung for … Continue reading

ASEAN YOUTH VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

By. Laen Sugi Rante Tandung-MITRA’s Friend from Makassar

“A ship without a sail will be lost in the sea. That is us without our history as our guidance”

It was such an honored for me to be representative of Indonesia during ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program  in  Malaysia 2014. Here I had a chance to share also  discuss with 50 leaders around ASEAN region which came from different backgrounds who were aware of existence of ASEAN Cultures and youth participation  in facing ASEAN Community 2015 especially from ASEAN Socio-Cultural side where the youth involvement are really important.

Every year ASEAN Secretariat collaborates with AYVP and USAID to make youth projects which aims to tackle world issues in ASEAN Region. In 2014, the theme was heritage conservation. We were assigned to do a documentary project of heritage cultures in Kuala Lumpur and Malaka in 6 weeks program. Thousand of valuable knowledge from expertise on how to preserving ASEAN Cultures was something that we gained. On the first week of our project I was trained by Head of ASEAN Secretariat, Pangeran Negeri Sembilan, UNESCO expertise and lecturers in University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Moving to Kuala Lumpur on the second weeks we are documenting 3 main cultures: Malaysia, India, and Chinese. I myself was assigned to documenting and interviewing Chinese traders along Petaling Street.

From Kuala Lumpur we moved to Malaka on 3-4th week of the program, Malaka is a heritage city by UNESCO where we learned about heritage conservation, handicraft and traditional foods, and history of Makala itself. I was fascinated by the way they managed by the tourism here, especially on Jonker Street road where thousands of foreigners comes to settle especially on the weekend and  especially how government make a target on number incoming tourist in Malaka, something that our government is not aware off. At the last week, everyone is assigned to learn ASEAN Cultures who are different from theirs. I have a chance to learn about Malaysia and Cambodian traditional dances.

This program is held every year with different theme. In order to pass this program make sure you are aware of several things related to your application form. Here are some tips to pass this program;

  1. The essays is consist of two essays, the first one is about the reason why you should be selected and second question is about your post project in your community. In order to answer the first essay, Make sure you make a clear motivation about yourself in limited 250 words: write your personality that might be beneficial for this volunteering program(such as social minded person or passionate learner), volunteering activities(the more related it is the better the outcome will be) how impactful the program and post program will be if you are involved in, your future activities and goals related to the program put all related background, and how your involvement is going to impact you or your community.
  2. Make a huge impact proposal, here you will be asked about your future project; make it briefly. Tell the targeted location and participant(let passionate youth to be part of your program), why is it important in your community, the addresses issues and do not forget to involved others to join your program and try to think the sustainability of the project.
  3. Lastly, before you send your application form make sure someone proofreading yours to check your grammar, to check whether your application has some grammatical errors.

VIDEO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzbdIlxyvn0

Catatan Pasca Seleksi Pertukaran Pemuda Antar Negara Provinsi Nusa Tenggara Timur 2016

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Oleh : Adren Nenobesi (Delegasi Indonesia China Youth Exchange Program 2015)

Tulisan ini dibuat sebagai bahan untuk mempersiapkan diri menghadapi seleksi yang akan diadakan tahun depan. Pemuda – pemudi yang telah mengikuti seleksi pada dasarnya telah mengerahkan segala kemampuan yang mereka miliki meliputi tenaga, pengetahuan, serta ide – ide kreatif setelah dipicu oleh soal – soal dalam seleksi tertulis maupun wawancara oleh tim penyeleksi. Namun, ada yang mampu menjawab, ada yang melenceng, dan ada pula yang belum bisa menjawab apa yang menjadi keinginan tim penyeleksi.

Setiap tahunnya, seleksi dilakukan oleh Purna Caraka Muda Indonesia (PCMI) yang merupakan organisasi alumni PPAN tahun sebelumnya. Berikut adalah hal – hal yang perlu ditingkatkan dalam persiapan sebelum mengikuti seleksi PPAN, khususnya mewakili Provinsi NTT.

Pengetahuan Umum

Tim penyeleksi sangat mempertimbangkan calon delegasi yang memiliki pengetahuan umum yang baik. Gunanya agar calon delegasi yang terpilih siap untuk mengikuti atau menerima materi – materi yang biasanya dipaparkan dalam forum ataupun diskusi yang banyak dilakukan di setiap prigram. Pengertian dari terminologies umum seperti “melting pot” atau “culture shock” adalah sebagian kecil materi yang sering ditanyakan dalam tes tertulis.

Pengetahuan Nasional dan Internasional

Menjadi seorang delegasi yang mewakili provinsinya sudah pasti menjadi tugas yang membanggakan sekaligus bergengsi. Berasal dari provinsi NTT yang mungkin belum begitu dikenal oleh pemuda/i provinsi lain bukan berarti delegasi tampil dengan pengetahuan yang minim. Isu – isu Nasional seperti perbatasan, kehidupan pengungsi, maupun isu pendidikan merupakan isu yang sangat dekat dengan kehidupan pemuda/i NTT. Pengetahuan akan isu – isu tersebut menjadi modal penting bagi seorang delegasi NTT dan sering diangkat dalam soal – soal tes tertulis.

Selain itu, pengetahuan internasional juga menjadi hal penting yang harus dimiliki seorang delegasi NTT. PPAN merupakan ajang pertukaran pemuda internasional. Oleh karena itu pengetahuan akan isu-isu internasional sangat sering dibahas dalam forum-forum yang diselenggarakan selama program. Isu – isu seperti laut Cina Selatan, One Belt One Road, Bali 9, lepasnya Inggris dari Uni Eropa, menjadi contoh materi yang diangkat dalam soal – soal test tertulis. Forum – forum Nasional dan Internasional ini juga tidak jarang melahirkan ide – ide kreatif yang menjadi ciri khas seorang pemuda. Biasanya hasil dari forum tersebut dituangkan dalam “Paper of Policy“. Calon delegasi dituntut untuk memiliki pengetahuan tentang “Paper of Policy“.

Pengetahuan Budaya Nasional dan Daerah

Delegasi yang akan tampil di ajang Internasional akan merepresentasikan identitas mereka sebagai wakil Indonesia di dunia dan wakil daerah untuk Indonesia. Pengetahuan tentang tarian – tarian Indonesia yang sudah dikenal di dunia seperti Saman, Kecak, Tor Tor, Jaipong; lagu Nasional dan Daerah; tempatwisata alam dan berbagai budaya lainnya, sering digali lewat soal tes tertulis. Untuk budaya daerah, delegasi NTT harus mempunyai pengetahuan yang cukup tentang karakteristik budaya tiap – tiap daerah di NTT.

Sebagai wujud nyata dalam merepresentasikan budaya NTT, calon delegasi dituntut memiliki salah satu kemampuan seni budaya seperti menarikan tarian daerah, menyanyi lagu daerah atau memainkan alat musik tradisional. Penyeleksi sangat mempertimbangkan calon delegasi yang menguasai salah 1 tarian daerah dan mampu mengajarkannya kepada delegasi dari provinsi lain. Hal ini sebagai sarana penting dalam mempromosikan budaya daerah NTT di depan khalayak Nasional maupun Internasional.

Pengujian untuk pengetahuan budaya ini biasanya dilakukan dalam tes tertulis dan wawancara. Walaupun di provinsi lain biasanya calon delegasi diminta untuk melakukan peragaan seni budaya daerah. Dan tidak menutup kemungkinan bahwa di tahun – tahun mendatang, seleksi akan meliputi penampilan seni budaya.

Bahasa Inggris

Tidak dapat dipungkiri bahwa Bahasa Inggris merupakan bahasa Internasional. Calon delegasi PPAN harus memiliki kemampuan berbahasa Inggris yang baik. Bahasa Inggris merupakan salah satu yang diujikan oleh tim penyeleksi.

Post Program Activity (Kegiatan Pasca Program)

Sesuai dengan instruksi dari Kementrian Pemuda dan Olahraga (KEMENPORA) tentang seleksi pertukaran pemuda, KEMENPORA mengharapkan pemuda yang terpilih untuk terlibat aktif dalam kegiatan pengembangan masyarakat melalui kegiatan pasca program atau post program activity yang ia rancang sendiri atau bersama komunitasnya. Kegiatan pengembangan masyarakat ini bisa meliputi kegeiatan pengembangan pemuda, anak-anak, maupun orang tua yang dibuktikan dengan proposal atau business plan kegiatan, laporan kegiatan, surat keterangan, maupun sertifikat yang membuktikan bahwa pemuda tersebut terlibat aktif ataupun akan dalam kegiatan yang dimaksud. Kegiatan – kegiatan  seperti menjadi relawan, kegiatan kepemudaan rohani, pengajaran luar sekolah, kelompok bisnis, pertanian, atau koperasi yang akan atau sedang dilakukan, akan menjadi bahan petrimbangan tim penyeleksi. Program – program tersebut biasanya dikontrol oleh KEMENPORA melalui proposal kegiatan yang disusun oleh pemuda calon delegasi, dengan dibantu oleh Dispora dan PCMI NTT. Tujuan KEMENPORA meminta delegasi untuk menyusun dan menjalankan post program activity adalah agar program pertukaran pemuda PPAN ini tidak hanya bermanfaat bagi indifidu atau delegasi itu sendiri, melainkan juga berdampak dalam pembanguan bangsa. Oleh karena itu, tim penyeleksi sangat mempertimbangkan program yang aplicable dan tidak muluk – muluk dibandingkan program yang terlalu hebat namun sulit dijalankan. Contohnya, Dispora lebih memilih program mengajar menbaca dan menulis untuk siswa putus sekolah dibandingkan pembangunan sumur bor di suatu desa yang kekurangan air bersih.

Akhir kata, selamat untuk peserta yang telah lulus dan terpilih untuk mewakili Provinsi Nusa Tenggara Timur dalam ajang Pertukaran Pemuda Antar Negara yang akan melakukan kegiatan Pasca Program yang bermartabat dan bermanfaat bagi Pembangunan Bangsa. Bagi pemuda/i yang belum berhasil dalam seleksi, bersiaplah dan kembangkan diri kalian sebaik mungkin agar dapat lulus dalam seleksi-seleksi PPAN di tahun berikutnya.

Salam Pemuda.

 

MITRA Students at the 3rd Trilateral University Roundtable Meeting (TURM) 2016

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Student Delegates at the 3rd TURM 2016

By : Richard Williams

Students of MITRA association took part in the TURM III hosted by Nusa Cendana University Kupang. Some of MITRA Undana students were involved as the organizing committee members and chosen as Nusa Cendana University delegations for the very 1st separated Student Roundtable Meeting.

The Trilateral University Roundatble Meeting (TURM) is an annual gathering and forum held as a form of cooperation among universities in Australia (The Northern Territory Region), Indonesia and Timor Leste. The TURM was firstly initiated by some leaders of the three nations and leaders of some universities of the three countries. Among the co- founders of TURM are the former prime minister of Republica Demokratika Timor Lorosa’e (RDTL) Mr. Xanana Gusmao and the rector of Nusa Cendana University, Prof. Ir. Fred Lukas Benu MSi., Ph.D. Up to now, the members of the TURM are Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Yogyakarta, Satya Wacana Christian University (UKSW) in Salatiga Central Java, Udayana University (UNUD) in Denpasar, Hassanudin University (UNHAS) in Macassar, Mataram University (UNRAM) in West Nusa Tenggara, Nusa Cendana University (UNDANA) in Kupang, Universidade Nacionale Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) in Dili, Universidade Oriental Timor Lorosa’e (UNTAL) in Dili, and Charles Darwin University (CDU) in the Northern Territory of Australia.

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Opening Speech by The Rector of Undana

The 3rd Trilateral University Roundtable Meeting was held from May 16th to May 17th with the focus on the Centre of Excellence (CoE) of each member university .Taking place at Sotis Hotel, the series of the event began on Saturday 15th May 2016 where the delegations of the participating universities of the TURM as well as other delegations from other observing universities and other invited participants were welcomed by the rector of Nusa Cendana University in a welcoming dinner at the ballroom of Sotis hotel. This year’s TURM also invited some observing universities such as Pattimura University (UNPATTI) Ambon, Halu Oleo University (UHO) Kendari, Sam Ratulangi University (UNSRAT) Manado, Artha Wacana Christian University (UKAW) Kupang, Widya Mandira Catholic University (UNWIRA) Kupang, State Polytechnic Kupang, Health Polytechnic Kupang, and Agriculture Polytechnic Kupang.

On the following day, the 3rd TURM was officially opened by the governor of East Nusa Tenggara province. The series of the sessions commenced with the roundtable discussion of the each leader of the member university who presented the progress they have made and the ongoing activities they are doing regarding the Centre of Excellence as agreed at TURM II. The session ran smoothly as expected and chaired by Prof. Ir. Fred L. Benu, MSi. Ph.D. and Prof. Sue Carthew B.Sc., Ph.D. from CDU. The next session continued with 2 separated discussions, one for the university leaders and one for the student delegations. In this session, 2 of MITRA students, Lilyen and Richard were assigned to chair the roundtable discussion while Claudya (Dije), Memix, Steven and Desy took roles as student representatives to share about students activities supporting the CoE of Undana which is Dryland Agriculture and Environment. Dije as the presenter delivered a presentation about CoE of Undana and introduced MITRA association to the rest of the attendees at once. Dije explained how MITRA which is now entering its 3rd year of existence as a platform of student empowerment and how another student bodies in Undana have done different activities to support the CoE of Undana directly and indirectly.

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Lizerio , delegates from UNTL East Timor

Other presentations in this session were Social Justice and Development by Albert Karwur, (Satya Wacana Christian University Salatiga), Education and Language by Jhalia Ximenes and Lizerio Dias (National University of Timor Lorosa’e), Environment by Hanna Ling (Charles Darwin University), and Marine Sciences and Fisheries by Deliama (Hassanudin University). Albert, who is the chairman of UKSW’s student senate university board stressed on the importance of equality in infrastructure development, economic growth, and opportunities for the peripheral area of East Indonesia as the focus of UKSW’s CoE while Hanna Ling explained about Manganese project she is currently doing in West Timor. In their presentation, Jhalia and Lizerio elaborated about the efforts the university and the RDTL government have made as an attempt to enhance language proficiency of the people of Timor Leste. Deliama from UNHAS delineated the programs and activities UNHAS provides for students in supporting the development of its CoE. All of the presentations also covered several points such as the subject are of the activities supporting the CoEs, the challenges and key barrier, and strategies used in tackling down the key barrier encountered by each participating university. The discussion ended with the recommendations given by all of the representatives for the possibility of joint activities for university students such as exchange program, website creation for the student alumnae and alumni of TURM III, and suggestions for the conducting of student roundtable meeting at TURM IV.

After serious series of discussions, the meeting on the last day of TURM III was focused on the issues arising from day one. Led by Prof. Ir. Fred L. Benu, MSi., Ph.D. and Prof. Sue Carthew, B.Sc., Ph.D., the session went with the discussion on the issues on day one and addition of participating universities, also the possibility of establishing a consortium. In this session, Hanna Ling delivered the resume of student discussion on behalf of the TURM student representatives before the board of leaders of TURM. of the participating universities and representatives of observing universities reached some agreement on joint research for each participating university’s CoE and got to hear some responses from all participants and observers. The whole floor also agreed to have the 4th TURM to be hosted by Hassanudin University in Macassar, South Sulawesi.

This was followed by the official closing speech by the rector of Undana who also handed over the participation certification to the delegations which also marked the closing ceremony of the 3rd Trilateral University Roundtable Meeting 2016.

Right after the closing, the daytime activities for all the participants were conducted outside the hotel, where the participants went on a city tour where they departed from Sotis Hotel passing several landmarks of Kupang such as Ina Boi-Sasando Statue, Lippo Plaza, Nostalgia Park, Hypermart Bundaran PU and Liliba Bridge to the main office of Archipelagic Dryland Field Laboratory (Agriculture Centre) located at Undana’s campus in Penfui. Next on the agenda was Kupang Bay cruise. From the campus, the TURM participants went to the seaport of Ditpolair NTT in Bolok and took a cruise around Kupang Bay.

The involvement of MITRA students in this big event is definitely beneficial as the event enabled MITRA students to tighten the relations of its members with the leaders of Undana as well as contributed to the development of CoE of Undana. The TURM has been an invaluable chance for MITRA student to also support the 3 main pillars of MITRA since the official language of TURM is English and one of the topics discussed in the roundtable discussion (the CoE) is environment. As this event is an international event, the students of MITRA also get the international atmosphere where they were able to meet and interact with academicians, scholars, students, and of course university leaders from other countries.