Miami Dade College delegates with their batik creation.

AGE NEWS (11/06/2024) – Miami Dade College had a chance to visit Universitas Airlangga for the staff visit program. The visit spanned around 3 weeks, with events and sharing sessions shared between the Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Advanced Technology and Multidiscipline.

Cultural Immersion at the Faculty of Humanities

Activities at the Faculty of Humanities are packed with learning culture and language. On the first day the Miami Dade College delegates practiced introducing themselves in Indonesian, even picking up local slang, including colloquial expression used among friends. The events on the following days are dedicated to explore Indonesia’s rich history and culture. The delegates engaged in Batik Ecoprint, a unique technique using plant-based pigments, and learned to play the Kolintang, a traditional percussion instrument.

Exploring East Java’s Historical Treasures

But no visit is complete without hands-on activities. The delegates got to immerse themselves in East Java’s rich historical heritage with several trips . The first day is spent exploring Surabaya, from the bustling Chinatown to the ancestral Kampung Peneleh. The trips later branched outside of Surabaya, with a visit to Mojokerto to explore the enchanting ruins left by the Majapahit Kingdom.

Technological Insights at the Faculty of Advanced Technology and Multidiscipline

The last week of the visit brought the delegates into the Faculty of Advanced Technology and Multidiscipline, with various discussions revolving around AI and technology. The visit ended with a tour of the faculty laboratories and interactive sessions with students, including those from the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Faculty of Nursing.

This staff visit is another one of Universitas Airlangga’s efforts to strengthen educational ties with partner universities. Fostering educational bonds are not limited to academic sharing in the classroom, but also introduction to the culture and history that shapes the region where Universitas Airlangga resides.

Author: Zahra Hanifa Ramadhani