Universitas Hasanuddin Involves in Southeast Asia Lecture Hall Program by FPCI

Universitas Hasanuddin (Unhas) becomes one of the Universities in Indonesia to join the Southeast Asia Lecture Hall Program initiated by the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI). This involvement is based on the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Rector of Unhas (Prof. Dr. Dwia Aries Tina Pulubuhu, MA) and Founder of FPCI (Dr. Dino Patti Djalal).

The MoU Signing took place virtually using the Zoom Meetings application on Wednesday (28/07).

Southeast Asia Lecture Hall program aims to conduct world-class lectures by leading academics and experts in their fields to students and youth across Southeast Asia.

FPCI initiates this program to promote strong partnerships and intellectual exchange among Southeast Asian students and academics, who will become one of the most strategic segments of society.

Prof. Dwia warmly welcomed the program, which encourages Indonesian youth to have more experience and knowledge from various fields of science with lecturers from many World-renowned universities.

According to Prof. Dwia, the concept of the Southeast Asia Lecture Hall Program is significant for Indonesia. The program provides access to online and digitalized lectures and increases students’ access to know many things.

Furthermore, Prof. Dwia said that technological development could be utilized well, one of which is increasing knowledge.

“Higher education must be ready to change and develop innovations to maintain the actuality of higher education, one of which is in learning activities. Thus, it is expected to be able to produce quality scholars,” said Prof. Dwia.

On the same occasion, Dino explained that the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) engages 50 universities in Southeast Asia, including Unhas, to attend lecturing sessions from world-class lecturers.

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The Southeast Asia Lecture Hall Program was initiated to provide access to free and high-quality lectures for Southeast Asian students from world-class educators with various fields of study.

“The idea of this program was found when I, as Chair of the Indonesian Lecturer Association (ADI), travelled to different universities throughout Indonesia. Moreover, I received one common complaint that the access and quality of education are unequal. The further I travelled, the more likely they would not have access to quality lectures. To be able to implement the program, FPCI has partnered with various institutions and universities throughout Southeast Asia,” explained Dino.

Southeast Asia Lecture Hall established a platform that can enhance education quality and be easily accessed by everyone using an internet connection. Therefore, all people from far away can study.

“The vision is to create the quality of excellence among Southeast Asian students and lecturers and to support the Southeast Asian community and ASEAN academic community. Hopefully, this will facilitate more connections and collaborations,” added Dino.

The virtual forum will be held every three weeks. Participants will listen to lecture sessions from leading scholars. Unhas will send students to participate in each class for ten classes. The number of students will be discussed and agreed upon at least seven days before each class.

The plan is that this program will involve more than 1,000 students from 11 Southeast Asian countries and will be implemented from August 2021 to March 2022.

 

Kumara Tungga Dewa, S.S.

Editor : Ishaq Rahman, AMIPR

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