PUBLIC LECTURE WITH SENIOR VISITING PROFESSOR OF UNU-IAS: “TRANSFORMING HIGHER EDUCATION FOR ACHIEVING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS”

Andri Yunardi
November25/ 2019

Bandung, UPI

“Transforming our world may not be a destination, it is a journey. We cannot change the past, but we can learn from the past. To transforming our world, utilizing the transformative power of education, learning to transform oneself and society for a better future ”, said Prof. Mario T. Tabucanon, PhD in the Public Lecture held by ProSPER.Net-UPI and School of Postgraduate studies (SPs) UPI on Wednesday morning, November 13, 2019 in the UPI SPs auditorium. Prof. Mario is a senior Visiting Professor at the United Nations University’s Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), Yokohama, Japan.

The public lecture opened by UPI Vice Rector for Research, Partnerships and Business, Prof. Dr. Didi Sukyadi, M.A., was also attended by Vice Director of UPI SPs in Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. Dr. Anna Permanasari, M.Sc., Vice Director of UPI SPs in Finance and Resources, Prof. Dr. Disman, M.S., Chairperson of UPI’s ProSPER.Net, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ali, M.A., UPI professors as well as Head of Curriculum Development Study Program of SPs, Dr. Rusman, M.Pd. Previously, Prof. Mario Tabucanon was warmly received by the UPI Rector and his staff at the rector’s office, isola building, UPI Bandung.This activity got enthusiasm from hundreds of participants who packed the auditorium room on the 5th and 6th floors of the UPI Graduate School building. The participants consisted of lecturers, and postgraduate also undergraduate students. That enthusiasm was not only apparent from the large numbers, but also from the questions facilitated by Prof. Bachrudin Musthafa, M.A. as the moderator.

According to Prof. Mario, in utilizing the transformative power of education to transform the world, education must be transformed. In 2020, a new education framework will be launched, namely “ESD for 2030” (Education for Sustainable Development): towards achieving SDGs. ESD for 2030 aims to build a more just and sustainable world through strengthening ESD and contributing to the achievement of 17 SDGs.

In connection with the theme of this public lecture, “Transforming Higher Education for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) has commitments related to sustainable practices in higher education institutions, as follows: (1) teach sustainable development concepts (ensuring that they form a part of the core curriculum across all diciplines); (2) encourage research on sustainable development issues; (3) Green the campus (reducing environmental pollution; adopting sustainable development practices, adopting programs to minimize waste, recycling and reuse, encourage a more sustainable lifestyle); (4) supports sustainability efforts in the communities.

Prof. Mario said that UNU-IAS launched the ESD program funded by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment in 2003 in response to a UN resolution on DESD (decade of education for sustainable development). The program aims to bridge the gap between learning and sustainable development through research and actions that advance knowledge across geographical, knowledge and sectoral boundaries. One of the flagship initiatives initiated was ProSPER.Net (Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network).

ProSPER.Net (https://prospernet.ias.unu.edu) is an alliance of leading universities and higher education institutions in the Asia-Pacific region that are committed to integrating sustainable development into postgraduate courses and curricula. This alliance was launched in 2008 and currently has 47 members (as of October 2019). There are members from Indonesia: UPI, ITB, UGM, UI, and Andalas University. ProSPER.Net has a mission to transform higher education including capacity development and integration of sustainability in the curricula.

(MNH)

International Student Summit: A Small Act for a Better Future

Andri Yunardi
November21/ 2019

Bandung, UPI

A number of international students of UPI joined a competition called the International Student Summit. It is an annual competition that involves international students from 40 universities in Indonesia. There were several contests, namely storytelling, speech, vlogging, and singing. One of the contests that was joined by UPI was Vlogging. The theme for this year is “A Small Act for a Better Future”.

For this project, the international students of UPI visited “Rumah Baca Pondok Hijau”. It is a learning center which was established by UPI students who are concerned about education. It focuses on teaching underprivileged children who cannot get a proper education. There were three students involved in this project, namely Maki, Islam, and Tia. Maki is a student from Japan, Islam is from Egypt, and Tia is from Madagascar.

In this learning center, there are more than twenty children who are illiterate and are not be able to pursue a formal education. Most of the children work as scavengers because their parents do the same as the main job. Maki, Islam, and Tia taught the children how to read, count, and they shared the interesting facts about their countries.

After posting the vlog on the Youtube, they went to the competition that was held in Universitas Sebelas Maret Surakarta, Solo, on October 17, 2019. The vlog came up as The Favorite Winner of the competition.

A simple act can bring a big impact on others, more importantly, on the individuals. From a small act for a better future.

(Agis Maharani)

INTERNATIONAL CULTURE DAY: DIVERSITY AS A UNITY

Andri Yunardi
November21/ 2019

Bandung, UPI

The International Culture Day is an annual event organized by the International Program on Science Education (IPSE) UPI in collaboration with the Office of International Education and Relations (OIER) of UPI. The most recent activity was held on November 16th, 2019 in Padepokan Seni Mayang Sunda at Peta Street No. 209, Bandung.

There were more than thirty international students who participated in this event from thirteen different countries, namely Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Maroko, Syria, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, China, Mexico, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Tanzania. All of the participants should bring their traditional cuisines and later, serve them to all the visitors who would like to try. Afterward, they should perform their culture by dancing on stage.

All the visitors could pick which food they would like to eat. From the visitors who came, most of them chose Thai or Chinese food as the most lovable, namely Thai Tea and Chinese Dimsum. Another food item which was also quite attractive was from South Korea (Bibimbap) and Maroko (Raghaif Bread).

After all the food was served, it was time for the international students to show their traditional cultures inside the building. The first performance was from China with their traditional dance, then Azerbaijan also with dancing, and Japan, Egypt, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Mexico. Unfortunately, not all the participants performed because of technical issues during the event.

Finally, after all the performances from the international students, came the time for announcing the winners of the event. There were several categories from the best cuisine, the best performance and also the winners of two events of international students which were Fun Hiking and Traditional Games that were held previously.

The International Culture Day marked the last of the annual events of international students of UPI. All the students actively participated in and enjoyed the event. Hopefully, the international student and the local student can become closer and more harmonious in diversity as a unity.

(Agis Maharani)

UPI Hosts Southeast Asian Teacher Education Assessor Training

Andri Yunardi
November21/ 2019

Bandung, UPI

Teacher quality is a significant aspect of education. For a country to develop and prosper, quality education is an essential component. This concern was shared by the countries joining the Southeast Asian Teacher Education Network, which held Teacher Quality Assurance Assessor Training in the Mercure Hotel, Bandung, from November 14th to November 16th 2019. This training was hosted by Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia and attended by 20 educators from the Phillipines, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia.

The training was held in order to synchronize the visions of teacher educators throughout Southeast Asian and increase the quality of teacher assessment as a way to improve education. As a leading university on education in Southeast Asia, UPI actively takes part in creating a better education system. This recent training covered topics on upholding the standards of teacher education by using instruments to assess teacher competence and the development of assessment instruments and scoring steps.

The first day of the training was opened with a welcome address from Prof. Dr. Asep Kadarohman. There was also a speech delivered by a representative of AsTen on upholding the educational quality of AsTEN country members and training overview about Teacher Education Standards, Instrument Assessment, and Quality Assurance Agency from Prof. Fuad Abdul Hamied, Ph.D.

The second day was commenced by a presentation on Teacher Education Standards and Assessment Instrument by Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ali, continued by Prof. Dr. Ace Suryadi who presented Steps and Procedures for Instrument Implementation and Prof. Dr. Fakry Gaffar who explained the philosophy, process, and mechanism of accreditation system in AsTEN countries.

The second day also was allocated for a scoring simulation to synchronize and enhance the participants’ assessment abilities. This simulation shown the diversity of the AsTEN countries and how each of the countries’ representatives conformed with each other’s perspectives as each representative has different ideas and concepts on education.

Finally, the third day’s agenda was a city tour throughout Bandung. These training participants had a good impression on Bandung and enjoyed the city’s sceneries and environment. In the morning, participants went shopping to Pasar Baru. In the afternoon, they went to Saung Angklung Udjo to enjoy soothing angklung music.

On the importance of assessor, Prof. Dr.  Ace Suryadi asserted, “the numbers inserted in instruments will be meaningless unless we, assessors, give them meaning. Such is the duty and importance of our role.” Prof. Fuad Abdul Hamied PhD. added, “In our endeavor to assess teacher education, we are going to be more objective and follow the established guidelines.”

AsTEN is a network of collaboration between Southeast Asian educators, one of which is from UPI, who are concerned with teacher education issues. AsTEN members collaborate in academic and research endeavors to benefit educators and Southeast Asian nations at large. AsTEN’s plans in the future are to organize accreditation for its members. Prof. Fuad Abdul Hamied,Ph.D.  acknowledged that the quality of teacher education in Indonesia is an issue, and that AsTEN members are going forward to improve the education of all of its country members.

(Muhammad Rangga Padika)

PENETAPAN BAKAL CALON DEKAN FPBS UPI PENGGANTI ANTAR WAKTU MASA BAKTI 2016-2020

Andri Yunardi
November20/ 2019

TECHNOLOGY-SUPPORTED ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING: CREATING MEANINGFUL AND PERSONALIZED STUDENTS’ LEARNING EXPERIENCES

Andri Yunardi
November18/ 2019

Bandung, UPI

The advance of Internet technology has brought about major changes in today’s society in the ways they do things. In reality, this technology has turned out to have profound impacts on education as well, in particular, on how teaching and learning processes are undertaken. Sadly, despite the widespread availability of computers, cellphones, and Internet access in Indonesia, students’ competencies in Maths, Reading, and in English are still low.

Such an evaluation of the current condition was expressed by Prof. Dr. Nenden Sri Lengkanawati, M.Pd. in her speech at an English Language Teaching workshop at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia entitled “Technology-Supported English Language Teaching: Creating Meaningful and Personalized Students’ Learning Experiences.”  This workshop, organized by MGMP Jawa Barat, TEFLIN Jawa Barat and Banten, and Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, took place in the Postgraduate School Building of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia on November 16, 2019. There were 70 participants totally in the workshop coming from various towns in West Java.

According to Prof. Dr. Didi Sukyadi, M.A., the Workshop Chair, the purpose of this workshop is to promote English teachers’ professional development in terms of undertaking teaching and learning English by using technology. Currently, although teachers are generally able to use technology for their purposes, they are mostly still unable to make the most of their skills in using technology for teaching English in their classrooms.

Prof Dr. Didi Sukyadi, M.A. added “English teachers need a vehicle to hone their skills by attending teacher development workshops and in the future we are going to publish an ELT journal where they can share their research insights with other teachers.” Thus, it appears that this workshop has a significant value for developing teachers’ professionalism and competence.

The main part of the workshop was guided by Pupung Purnawarman, M.Ed., Phd. and Dr. Finita Dewi, M.Pd. In addition to a researcher of education media and technology, Pupung Purnawarman, M.Ed., Ph.D. is currently the Deputy Dean for Student Affairs of the Faculty of Language and Arts Education, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. Meanwhile, Dr. Finita Dewi, M.Pd. is a lecturer of English education at PGSD Kampus Daerah Purwakarta.

In the workshop, Pupung Purnawarman, M.Ed. Ph.D. discussed the theoretical aspects of the use of technology for teaching and learning English. On the contrary, Dr. Finita Dewi taught the participants how to use online resources for teaching writing and listening. At the end of the workshop, Dr. Finita Dewi demonstrated various English games using online sources. This workshop was highly appreciated by the audience. They learned a very useful lesson, namely using technology to make students’ learning more meaningful and personalized.

(Text: Ruswan Dallyono, Photos: Lukman Hakim)

The 4th Bandung Isola Performing Arts Festival (BIPAF) 2019: Performance Art Creative Innovation and Collaborative Artwork

Andri Yunardi
November18/ 2019

BANDUNG, UPI

In celebration of the 65th UPI’s Dies Natalis, UPI organized the 4th Bandung Isola Performing Arts Festival (BIPAF) 2019 at Villa Isola on Saturday, October 19th, 2019, starting from 07.00 to 11.00 pm.

Bandung Isola Performing Arts Festival (BIPAF) is a place for promoting curated innovative performing arts (Dance, Theatrical dance, and Drama dance) in Bandung in the form of a festival. This festival facilitates creators, art presenters, and creative work teams to exhibit their work in the hope of creating collaboration and transactions with festival directors and venue presenters at national and international levels.

BIPAF 2019 was organized by the Center for Research and Development of the Creative Economy and Tourism Industry, LPPM (Institute for Research and Community Service) of UPI, and BIPAF Community.

As carrying the theme “Identity and Community Building”, this year BIPAF held at UPI’s “Villa Isola” as a media to present UPI’s campus identity with its building heritage architecture.

The first remarks were opened by Juju Masunah, M.Hum.,Ph.D. She showed her gratitude to all the elements that made this year’s BIPAF a reality. “I hope this event can become a forum to promote innovative artwork into a monumental annual ceremony that will create new leaders who are highly dedicated and committed to supporting the creative industries, especially art exhibitions in Indonesia in the face of Industry Era 4.0.”

The next remarks were delivered by Tris Avianti from the Department of Tourism and Culture of Bandung (DISBUDPAR), “We hope BIPAF will always continue because the program has very good potential. This program is in collaboration with the Bandung city government program, one of which is performance art. This event was very helpful for the performing arts sub-sector. In the future, we hope the network will continue and become more harmonious.”

The event was symbolically opened by the remarks from UPI’s President, Prof. Dr. H. R. Asep Kadarohman, M.Si. He expressed his gratitude and respect for BIPAF in the 65th UPI’s Dies Natalis and the 13th Lustrum. He also showed appreciation to all elements who compiled this event, also credit for Juju Masunah, M.Hum.,Ph.D. “I also want to appreciate and give my appreciation for Juju Masunah, M.Hum.,Ph.D. as the 2019 Academic Leader for Arts and Culture.”

The performances that were shown last night included Angrapana Ing Kujang by Dendhi Firmansyah (Bandung), Sanghyang Awi (Bamboo Mask) by Ayo Sunaryo (Bandung), Inyiak Balang by Saian Badaruddin (Padang), Room Rock by Nanda Cahya A. (Surabaya), Scissor Tail Sergeant by Nahoon Park and Ismail (South Korea), and Storm by Kiryong Son and Y’sU (Youngsan University) Performing Group (South Korea).

The 8 performances were selected works from a total of 24 works from submission from all over Indonesia, then were selected and resulted in 6 works that passed the selection. The other two performances were from Youngsan University South Korea.

Each selected performance has its own unique ideology and meaning. Angrapana Ing Kujang is a manifestation of enthusiasm in the weapon Kujang (Sundanese traditional weapon) consisting of 3 attitudes (tilu sapamilu): Tekad (determination), ucap (speech), dan lampah (behavior).

Sanghyang Awi (Bamboo Mask) represents the philosophy of bamboo in the aspects of aesthetics, strength, flexibility, and the role of bamboo as it is considered a symbol of Sundanese civilization.

Inyiak Balang is based on Minangnese’s Legend (an ethnic from West Sumatra) si-Ampo Limo or (The Spirit of Tiger King) that believed as the guardian of the village.

Room Rock is inspired by Reog Ponorogo (a dance of culture tradition from Ponorogo, East Java) as an interpretation and aesthetics of the barong players.

Scissor Tail Sergeant discusses social conflicts that often occur in recent generations.

Storm created local experimental works performance that embraces world culture based on a Korean value. (Text and photos: Ghina Aulia Saffanah)

 

Education with No Boundaries: The 3rd International Conference of Educational Sciences (ICES) 2019

Andri Yunardi
November18/ 2019

BANDUNG, UPI

UPI held the 3rd International Conference of Educational Sciences (ICES) 2019 in collaboration with ASTEN (The Association of Southeast Asian Teacher Education Netwrok) at Auditorium FIP B, 10th Floor Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, November 7st, 2019.

This year’s conference theme is “Education No Boundaries as a Challenge in the Society 5.0”. Society 5.0 is a term that was introduced by the Japanese government where digital technology is applied and centered on human life, meaning that the digital era is going to be adopted into every basis of everyday life in the fields of health, finance, infrastructure, and also education. This is harmonious with ICES 2019’s objective which is to provide a space for academics, researchers, and practitioners to share their knowledge and expertise in the field of education concerning ‘Borderless Education’ in the era of society 5.0.

The conference was opened by a welcome speech from Dr. Riche Cynthia Johan, M.Si, followed by opening remarks from the President of UPI, Prof. Dr. H. R. Asep Kadarohman, M.Si.

“We realize that now in the digitalized era, education now can be pursued not only in class but anywhere and everywhere. This is why we as academicians must prepare ourselves in solving this issue. We hope that academicians will grasp that technology is not only tools for teaching but also one of the parts of their lives. There will be continued improvements in learning materials and curriculum in teaching.” Said Dr. Riche Cynthia J., M.Si. as the ICES 2019 Conference Chair.

The Keynote Speakers for ICES 2019 included Prof, Dr. Ismunandar, Director General of Learning and Student Affairs of the Ministry of Research, Dr Marek Grummt from Martin-Luther-Universitat Halle-Wittenberg, Dr. Rudi Susilana, M.Si, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs of Faculty of Educational Sciences, and Dr Mary Ellis from Nanyang Technological University, followed by parallel sessions which were attended by 160 presenters.

This year’s seminar was well anticipated not only from domestic participants but also from overseas. It was attended by a total of 120 people from various countries, namely Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Singapore, and Philippines. (Ghina Aulia Saffanah)

 

The International Students of UPI Play Indonesian Traditional Games

Andri Yunardi
November18/ 2019

Bandung, UPI

The Traditional Game Event was organized by the Office of Education and International Relations on 12th November, in Baretti, a park located in front of Isola building. All the international students at UPI participated in this event. The students came from any different country, such as Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Maroko, Syria, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, China, Mexico, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Tanzania.

They consisted of 5 groups, every group consisted of 5 people from different countries. There were several traditional games that they had to play each turn in every post. In the first post, they had to play Lompat Karet, one of the traditional games in Indonesia made of rubber that was arranged to be a string. The player should jump every time Karet swing to the player. Many international students did a good job of playing this game.

After the first post, they moved to the second post which was Balap Karung. Every person in the group had to jump while half of the body, from feet to the waist, was inside the sack (Karung). The winner was the fastest person who can pass the finish line. Some of the group fell when they jumped with the sack because it was a little bit difficult to jump using a sack.

“It was so hard to jump with the sack because we have to jump as quickly as possible.” Said Maki, one of the participants from Japan.

Next, the third post was Engkle. There were boxes drawn on the ground and each group should throw a rock on the box and follow the way by jumped using one foot to the next box, but they could not jump to the box where the rock was on. A person who had already jumped until the last box should go back to the first line and take the rock with them.

There were other games included in this event, for example, Bola Bekel, Paku ke Botol, Ketapel, Ambil karet di tepung, Kelereng, Tarik tambang, and bakiak. Although all games were played in a group and it required team works and focus, the students were playing it with a lot of fun and joy.

“My favorite game is Tarik Tambang because you have to pull the rope as strong as you can to make your team wins, that’s the fun part.” Said Islam, an international student from Egypt who is pursuing a Master’s degree here at UPI.

At the end of the event, all the participants took pictures in front of the Isola building and had lunch together.

UPI STUDENT WINS 4TH ASEAN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

Andri Yunardi
November18/ 2019
(Left: Regita Desyari/Indonesia Right: Nam M K Khine/Myanmar)

Vietnam, UPI

The UPI’s freshman Regita Desyari has just competed in the 4th ASEAN Chess Championship in Bac Giang City, Vietnam. She came home as the 8th winner of the competition. The ASEAN Chess Championship is a chess tournament held in the Swiss System and consisted of two divisions, Open and Women, the open was reserved for male players and the latter was reserved for female players only.

Rere, as she usually called, said that she didn’t make any preparation for the tournament. When she suddenly got a call that offered her a place in the ASIAN Chess Championship, she took the chance and hoped for the best. It was a great experience for her to train her self before later her will join the Pre-PON (Pekan Olahraga Nasional) on November 20th. Her biggest challenge in the tournament was when she had to face the grandmasters who are mostly Vietnamese and who are famous for the strongest candidates.

The gold medal winner from Pomnas (Pekan Olahraga Mahasiswa Nasional), also said that she still trains her self intensively three hours per day in playing chess. Formerly, it was longer, but since she was admitted to UPI, she needs to share her time with other things related to her academic matters.

(Regita Desyari in 4th ASEAN Chess Championship)

Moreover, her passion for chess lends her a lot of achievement. In October, she received the first winner from POMNAS (Pekan Olahraga Mahasiswa Nasional) 2019 in Jakarta where she gained two gold medals, and, in August, she became the Best Lady Team in chess competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Soon, she will be a representative as a chess player in one of the most prestigious competitions in Indonesia, PON (Pekan Olahraga Nasional).

All the achievements she gained still make her a humble and down-to-earth girl. This English Literature student said: “My biggest dream is to make Indonesia proud.” By that, she hopes someday she can receive the Woman Grand Master (WGM) a title for a professional chess player and have the title of Woman International Master (WIM) which is the highest in chess championship in the world. Her passion for chess will still grow higher because chess is no more her hobby, it has become her life.

(Text & Photo: Agis)