Universitas Airlangga Delegation Advances Global Community Development at WUACD 2024

AGE News – From April 23-27, 2024, Universitas Airlangga’s students had the privilege of participating in the WUACD International Community Development 2024, hosted by Kasetsart University (KU). The event provided an enriching platform for learning and exchanging ideas on community development, with a focus on Social Sciences and Related Sciences. The delegation was excited to engage in discussions and activities that emphasized sustainable development and international collaboration.

The first day featured a series of insightful presentations from esteemed scholars, each bringing a unique perspective on community development. Dr. Settawut Bamrungkhul discussed “Guidelines for Promoting Local Architectural Heritage to Support the Conservation and Development of Historic Cities in the Northern Region of Thailand,” highlighting the importance of preserving cultural heritage while fostering urban development. Prof. Mustofa Helmi Effendi, drh., DTAPH, presented on “Antimicrobial Resistance from Animal Origin,” emphasizing the global health implications of antimicrobial resistance and the need for integrated approaches in addressing this issue. Dr. Bart Lambegets explored “Sustainable Community Development: Exploring the Direction of the Joint Research Agenda Between KU and UNAIR,” offering insights into potential collaborative research initiatives between the universities. Dr. Esti Yunitasari, S.Kp., M.Kes, shed light on “Maternal Health,” discussing strategies to improve maternal health outcomes in underserved communities. Dr. Parkin Maskulrath addressed “Urban Health and Carbon Dioxide Fluxes over Tropical Areas,” examining the environmental health challenges in tropical urban settings. Prof. Dr. Retna Apsari, M.Si., highlighted “Renewable Energy and Supporting Technologies for Green Tourism Services,” underscoring the role of renewable energy in promoting sustainable tourism.

The second day was dedicated to a cultural immersion experience in a tourism village, Koh Kret, Nonthaburi Province, renowned for its clay pottery art. The delegation had the opportunity to explore the village, which is famous for its intricate pottery works and picturesque temples. The visit to Wat Poramai Schools was particularly meaningful, as the delegation donated various school supplies to the students, fostering a spirit of goodwill and support. The hands-on experience of making handmade clay pottery under the guidance of local villagers provided a deeper appreciation for the traditional craft and its cultural significance. This immersive experience not only enriched the participants’ understanding of the local culture but also highlighted the importance of preserving traditional arts in the context of community development.

On the final day, the Universitas Airlangga delegation, represented by Naufal Rafi Kamal and a colleague, presented their research titled “Strategic Marketing for Koh Kret Pottery Handicraft from a Social Economy Perspective.” Their presentation aimed at enhancing the business reach of pottery handicrafts in Koh Kret village, proposing strategies to boost local economic development through improved marketing techniques. The research emphasized the potential of leveraging social economy principles to create sustainable business models that benefit both the artisans and the broader community.

The Universitas Airlangga delegation expressed gratitude for the opportunity to participate in this program, which significantly broadened their understanding of sustainable community development from various scientific perspectives. They acknowledged the invaluable insights gained from the presentations and the cultural immersion activities, which underscored the interconnectedness of global communities and the shared responsibility in addressing development challenges. The event marked a significant step in fostering international collaboration and learning, contributing to the global discourse on community development. The delegation looks forward to implementing the knowledge and ideas gained from this experience in their future endeavors, furthering the mission of Universitas Airlangga in promoting sustainable development and international cooperation.

Writer: Jane Natasha – Law – GLUCONS Participant
Editor: Olivia Putri – Digital Engagement Staff Intern