Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana (UKDW) together with Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana (UKSW) and Chang Jung Christian University, Taiwan took part in the Global Education Experiences (GlobEEs) 2019. The program aims to provide international experience for students as well as raising global awareness and foster cross cultural understanding, was first implemented in 2013. GlobEEs 2018 in Taiwan marked the year for UKDW joining this program, enriching GlobEEs into trilateral cooperation. Joining hands with UKSW, this year UKDW co-hosted GlobEEs in welcoming CJCU participants in Indonesia.

GlobEEs 2019 focused on equipping students with intercultural competences through interaction among students from different academic, national, and cultural backgrounds. Bringing up the theme “A Taste of Indonesia”, GlobEEs 2019 was conducted in Salatiga, Solo, Yogyakarta, Malang, Madura, and Surabaya on August 14 – 27, 2019. During this two-week program, seventeen students from UKDW, UKSW, and CJCU learned and worked together as they engaged in in-class and out-of-class activities to foster a better understanding of Indonesia.

The journey of “tasting Indonesia” was started with a lecture on Indonesian Culture delivered by Theofransus L.A. Litaay, S.H., LLM., Ph.D., a lecturer in the Faculty of Law of UKSW who also serves as Senior Advisor Deputy V for Analysis and Oversight of Strategic Issues on Politics, Law, Defense, Security, and Human Rights Affairs Executive Office of the President Republic of Indonesia. In this lecture, participants learned about the richness of Indonesian culture as the largest archipelago country and the fourth largest population in the world as well as the recent situation and current issues in economics, politics, and technology.

As part of the culture, Indonesian music demonstrates its cultural diversity. The second lecture introduced GlobEEs participants to Indonesian Music. The speaker in this lecture, Drs. Agastya Rama Listya, MSM., Ph.D. who serves as the Head of Music and Art Performance Department of UKSW, explained that in general, Indonesian traditional music is split into two categories – pentatonic and diatonic. Gamelan is one of the examples of pentatonic music from Bali and Java. In this lecture, participants learned about traditional music from different areas of Indonesia. Singing traditional songs such as Anju Ahu, Gundul-Gundul Pacul, O Ina Ni Keke, Cik-cik Periook, Pileuleuyan, and Apuse brought the participants to a musical journey from Sumatra to Papua. In the next session, participants got the chance to learn how to play gamelan.

As Indonesia celebrated its Independent Day, GlobEEs participants joined the celebration together with international students in UKSW. They participated in fun games and activities such as cracker-eating competition, 3-leg-race, sack race, marble race, tug of war, and many more. These activities helped Taiwanese students to understand more about Indonesia. Moreover, during the weekend, they stayed with Indonesian family for homestay program to have a first-hand experience of the life of Indonesian people.

Education was another issue to be discussed in GlobEEs 2019. The Lecture on Indonesian Education was delivered by Priska Lydya S. Pulungan, S.Pd., M.M., a lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and  Health Science of UKSW who is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Taiwan. In this lecture, participants learned about the education system in Indonesia and discussed in group the differences and similarities between education in Indonesia and Taiwan. By the end of the lecture, each group shared about the result of their discussion. Understanding Indonesian education would also help the participants to prepare for the school visit later on in this program.

Exploring one country is not complete without  tasting its culinary. GlobEEs participants were not only introduced to Indonesian culinary, they also made two dishes during the cooking class at one local restaurant in Salatiga. With the instruction from the chef, each group prepared their own dinner – fried rice and sate.

One-day trip to Solo offered more exposure on Indonesian culture – Javanese culture in particular, through the visit to Pura Mangkunegaran. GlobEEs participants also visited Danar Hadi Batik Museum and engage in art class in which they learned to make batik. Through the collections in this museum, participants also learned about some of batik patterns, the characteristics and differences of batik from different areas, such as Solo, Jogja, and coastal areas. The trip to Solo was concluded with a visit to De Tjolomadoe – a former sugar factory turned into museum, educational heritage, and tourism center.

Providing the opportunity to share not only knowledge but also cultural values of their home countries, the last day in Salatiga was the time for Community Service and Culture Sharing Performance. The Community Service was conducted at SD Kristen Satya Wacana. GlobEEs participants were divided into five groups. Each group sent to different classes where they can interact with the elementary students. With the help of Indonesian participants, CJCU participants shared about Taiwan and organized some activities for the elementary students. In the Culture Sharing Performance, each participating university prepared a performance about their country. “The party” was started with traditional dances from different parts of Indonesia by UKSW participants, followed by a medley of Indonesian traditional songs by UKDW participants, and concluded byTaiwanese songs by CJCU participants.

Moving to Yogyakarta, GlobEEs participants’ first stop was Borobudur Temple – the largest Budhist temple in the world. Here, participants learned about the history of this temple as well as the structures and the philosophy of each level. Strolling this magnificent temple, participants can see and try to comprehend the story depicted in its wall. The next stop was Prambanan Temple – the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia. Raising high as the characteristic of Hindu temple are three main temples dedicated to the three great deities in Hindu: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, and three smaller temples dedicated to the animal who serve as the vehicle of these deities. Exploring Borobudur and Prambanan Temple, GlobEEs participants can also gain some insights of Indonesian architecture influenced by Buddhism and Hinduism. Still in Prambanan Temple complex, the first day  of GlobEEs program in Yogyakarta was concluded by enjoying Ramayana Ballet Performance. Through this theatrical performance, participants immersed in traditional art, music, dance, and storytelling and could associate with the things they learned during GlobEEs program.

The second day in Yogyakarta, GlobEEs participants had a lecture on Nusantara Architecture. The lecture was conducted at Rev. Harun Seminar Room UKDW with Dr. -Ing. Gregorius S. Wuryanto P.U., S.T., M.Arch., a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Design UKDW, as the speaker. In this lecture, he explained that each region in Indonesia has its own unique architecture, with the integration of art, culture, tradition, and custom to create its identity. “The uniqueness of each traditional house reflects the relationship between man and its environment. Traditional houses in Indonesia show how the local people use materials available in their area,” he added. Some issues including the challenge of preserving traditional architecture and government involvement were also discussed in this lecture.

After learning about Indonesian culture, music, education, and architecture as well as exploring three cities: Salatiga, Solo, and Yogyakarta, GlobEEs participants enriched their experiences as they explored Malang, Madura, and Surabaya. The visit to Museum Angkut in Malang introduced participants to the traditional and modern transportation in Indonesia and around the world. Visiting Batik Gentongan in Madura gave another insight to participants about batik making. Lastly, visiting Sampurna Museum in Surabaya and exploring the city gave another taste of Indonesia. By the end of the program, participants had a Final Presentation. They shared about their experiences during GlobEEs 2019 through a video. Two weeks, six cities, and an invaluable experience. GlobEEs 2019 will surely be an unforgettable memory for both Indonesian and Taiwanese participants. [drr]