(29/7) Aksa Swara Indonesia Team from the Diponegoro Engineering Student Choir (PSMT) Undip successfully achieved satisfactory results in an international choir competition entitled the 12th Bali International Choir Festival. In the competition which was held from 24 July 2023 to 27 July 2023, the Aksa Swara Indonesia team won 4th Place in the Musica Sacra category, Champion in Mixed Youth category, and the Grand Prix Champion.
Previously, PSMT Undip won the Grand Prix at the 18th Busan Choral Festival & Competition in 2022. This year, PSMT Undip through Aksa Swara Indonesia managed to secure the Grand Prix Champion position at the competition which was held in Bali. Elizabeth Putri Kendi, Vice Head of Aksa Swara Indonesia said that she and the team were quite surprised to be able to win the Grand Prix Champion again this year. She was grateful that their preparation was successful. “Actually, we were surprised and did not expect (to win). The preparation we did before was quite a lot. We have been preparing earlier this year to get there. And thank God the result is similar to our target,” she said.
Gabriel Andre Frezso, the Head of Coaching Division of PSMT Undip said that he and the entire Aksa Swara Indonesia team were grateful to win this competition. He hoped that with this victory, they would be able to get more support so that they could train and compete better, such as support related to the space for training. “In my opinion, the challenge we face is related to the training ‘space’. Honestly, our training place is sometimes not proper. We hope that later we can be facilitated regarding this matter,” said Gabriel.
The 12th Bali International Choir Festival itself is an international choir competition initiated by the Bandung Choral Society and funded by BNN RI. This competition was attended by thousands of choir teams both from Indonesia and from several countries such as Spain, Italy, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, China, and Germany. In this competition, the team that won the Grand Prix Champion will get the opportunity to compete at the 3rd Asia Choral Grand Prix that is planned to be held in 2024. Haris Geovani, as the Head of Aksa Swara Indonesia hoped that the success of the Aksa Swara Indonesia team this year can be continued by the next generation next year. “Hopefully, the knowledge gained from Aksa Swara Indonesia does not stop this year but can be transferred in the next year. And keep loving this team like you love this team this year in the next year. Please transfer this champion mentality in the next year,” he said.
(18/7) Undip Engineering Student Choir (PSMT Undip) officially sends Aksa Swara Indonesia Team to enter two major competitions, namely the 12th Bali International Choir Festival and the 9th Satya Gita Choir Festival. The launching of this contingent was held ceremonially at the Engineering Hall, Dekanat Building 5th Floor.
The Chief of Aksa Swara Indonesia, Haris Geovani explained that the team will now prepare for the nearest competition, the 12th Bali International Choir Festival that will be held on 25-29 July 2023 in Bali. “We are planning to compete in two major competitions this year, the closest one is the 12th Bali International Choir Festival,” Haris said.
At this ceremony, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Ir. M. Agung Wibowo, M.M, M.Sc, Ph.D, was present to provide moral support for the team that had previously won the Grand Prix at the18th Busan Choral Festival and Competition. For him, Aksa Swara Indonesia and PSMT Undip are part of the big family of the Faculty of Engineering Undip, hence their presence in national and international competitions, such as the 18th Bali International Choir Festival, is a form of showing off from the Faculty of Engineering Undip in the international level and thus needs to be fully supported. “The participation of Aksa Swara Indonesia is the key for us (the Faculty of Engineering) to show off at the international level,” he said.
Prof. Agung reminded the team to keep their behavior during the competition. He hoped that Aksa Swara Indonesia can be a good representation of the Faculty of Engineering Undip and can bring the best results in this year’s competitions. “Keep your behavior, keep your character, show that you are representing the Faculty of Engineering,” he said.
In this event, Aksa Swara Indonesia had the opportunity to perform several songs that they will perform later at the competition. Head of PSMT Undip, Marco Hotradero Febrian S hoped that Aksa Swara Indonesia can be more developed, more respected, and continue to make achievements for the Faculty of Engineering Undip and Indonesia. “The challenge of student choirs is the change of singers every year. Therefore, there is a regeneration for the singers in Aksa Swara Indonesia, so I hope that Aksa Swara Indonesia can be mature and make achievements to make the Faculty of Engineering Undip and Indonesia proud. In addition, I hoped that Aksa Swara Indonesia could be one of the most well-known and respected teams in the choir world,” he said.
Aksa Swara Indonesia is currently competing in the 12th Bali International Choir Festival held on 25-29 July 2023 in Bali. Let’s give our best support to Aksa Swara Indonesia so that they can give their best during the competition. Keep up the good work, Aksa Swara Indonesia!
(22/7) The Department of URP Undip in collaboration with the Urban and Regional Planning of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) held an online seminar titled International Joint Student Seminar UTM-UNDIP 2023. This seminar is a discussion forum that brings together all the students to exchange ideas in discussing the issue of sustainable rural development. This event was not only attended by students and lecturers from the Department of URP Undip but also attended by students and lecturers from Urban and Regional Planning UTM and the public.
The representative from Urban and Regional Planning UTM, Dr. Mohamad Fadhli bin Rashid said, this collaboration could be established because of the close relationship between the Department of URP Undip and Urban and Regional Planning UTM. Previously, there had been a meeting between URP Undip and Urban and Regional Planning UTM held on 10th July which resulted in at least four collaboration programs. “Previously, we do have several programs conducted before, at least four programs, between UTM and Undip,” he said.
In this seminar program, two students from UTM and two students from Undip will present their final project on rural development by taking the case study that occurs in Malaysia and Indonesia. From this event, Mr Fadhli hoped that this program can generate new insights for the students regarding rural development issues in both countries. “We gather all the students to hear the presentation from both countries and we hope that it will be beneficial for Malaysian students and Indonesian students, and to all the participants who join this program,” he said.
There were four titles presented in this seminar. Those four titles were then divided into two sessions, namely “Sustainable Rural Development” session and “Sustainable Rural Transformation and Livelihoods” session. In the first session, there were two materials presented, which were “Rural Development Action Plan in KEJORA (Tanjung Serindit Kampong)” by Andik Aidah Nadia from UTM and “The Impacts of Tourism Development on Sustainable Rural Livelihoods” by Nisa Sabira from Undip. The second session was filled with the materials titled “Rural Development Action Plan in KEJORA and PENGERANG (Felda Adela)” by Fatin Farwiezah from UTM and “From Rustic Roots to Tourism: Unveiling the Rural Transformation” by Adelaide Zalfa Syahrani from Undip.
The Head of the Department of URP Undip, Prof. Dr-Ing. Wiwandari Handayani, S.T, M.T, MPS, showed her gratitude towards all the parties involved for the success of this collaboration program between students from two countries. She hoped that from this event there will be other collaborations that will mutually benefit both institutions in the future. “I hoped that it will motivate us from both sides to have more collaborations like this so that our students may have some fruitful exchange and also some more experience. Not only for the Department of URP but also intends to develop our knowledge,” she said.
(14/7) Universitas Diponegoro (Undip) signed a cooperation agreement with Korea-Indonesia Marine Technology Cooperation Research Center (MTCRC). The signing ceremony was held at the Rector’s Conference Room, Widya Puraya Building 2nd Floor, Undip Tembalang Campus. At this event, the Rector of Universitas Diponegoro, Prof. Dr. Yos Johan Utama, S.H, M.Hum, was present as the representative from Undip to sign the Memorandum of Agreement related to the cooperation in the academics and research field with representatives from MTCRC represented by Dr. Hansan Park and Ivonne Milichristi Radjawane, Ph.D.
MTCRC, also known in Indonesia as PPKTK (Pusat Penelitian dan Kerjasama Teknologi Kelautan), is a joint research center established by the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) on behalf of the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries (MOF) of the Republic of Korea and Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) on behalf of the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment (CMMAI) of the Republic of Indonesia. This research center focuses on developing research in the field of marine science and technology between Korea and Indonesia.
According to Dr. Hansan Park, one of the representatives from MTCRC, Undip was chosen as one of the partners by MTCRC because of its reputation for having a good academic reputation and producing high-quality graduates. “MTCRC currently has 25 staff, 5 of them are Undip alumni. MTCRC also has an Advisory Board, one of them is Undip alumni. This important representation from Undip strengthens our belief that collaboration with this University will bring great benefits in advancing the Indonesia Maritime sector,” he explained.
The Rector of Undip, Prof. Dr. Yos Johan Utama, S.H, M.Hum, also welcomed this collaboration. For him, this collaboration aligns with the vision of Undip as an Excellent Research University at the International level. “Undip pays great attention to increasing the number of scientific research in specific fields to achieve our vision as a World Class Excellent Research University,” Prof. Yos said.
At this signing ceremony, several Deans from the Faculty/School in Undip were also present. One of them is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. According to Prof. Ir. M. Agung Wibowo, M.M, M.Sc, Ph.D, as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, this collaboration is an excellent opportunity for the Faculty of Engineering considering that currently the Faculty of Engineering already has several collaborations with several higher education institutions (HEI) in Korea. “We have several links with universities in Korea, such as Pukyong National University. We have been working for years with them and until now the collaboration is still close,” he said.
Prof. Agung hoped, with this collaboration the Faculty of Engineering could participate in initiating educational collaborations, especially in the maritime field, where the Faculty of Engineering itself has one department that focuses on studies in this field, namely the Department of Naval Architecture. “Because it is related to maritime matters, I also said what is the department (in the Faculty) that related (with MTCRC) on that event, that is Naval Architecture. We can initiate a collaboration there,” he said.
(29/6) Three lecturers from the Department of Civil Engineering Undip were invited to join as external examiners for the master’s thesis of three Indonesian students who are currently taking a Master’s program at National United University (NUU) Taiwan. The three lecturers including Prof. Dr. Ir. Suharyanto, M.Sc, Prof. Dr. Ir. Han Ay Lie, M.Eng, and Dr-Ing. Bobby Rio Indriyantho, S.T, M.T. Those three lecturers were able to be external examiners at NUU Taiwan through the long-standing cooperation between the Faculty of Engineering Undip and College of Engineering NUU.
Of those three lecturers, Prof. Dr. Ir. Suharyanto, M.Sc, joined as a committee member along with Prof. Wen-Cheng Liu from NUU to examine the master’s thesis of a student named Firnandino Wijaya. While Prof. Dr. Ir. Han Ay Lie, M.Eng and Dr-Ing. Bobby Rio Indriyantho, S.T, M.T, along with Prof. Chung-Seng Lee from NUU, were appointed as examiners for Obed Adi Kusuma and Mhd. Rony Asshidiqie. Those three Master’s program students previously underwent an undergraduate program at the Department of Civil Engineering Undip before continuing their studies at NUU through the cooperation between the Faculty of Engineering Undip and NUU Taiwan.
This joint thesis supervision program for Indonesian students at NUU Taiwan is also part of a series of visits held by the delegation from the Department of Civil Engineering Undip which has been going since 26 June 2023. On this visit, the delegation from the Department of Civil Engineering Undip not only held a thesis examination but also discussed potential collaborations with representatives from NUU Taiwan.
On this occasion, the delegation from the Department of Civil Engineering Undip also had the opportunity to meet several students from the Department of Civil Engineering Undip who continued their studies at NUU Taiwan. Dr-Ing. Bobby Rio Indriyantho, S.T, M.T, one of the lecturers who participated as committee members for the master’s thesis examination at NUU Taiwan hoped, in the future, there will be more undergraduate students from the Department of Civil Engineering who continued their studies at NUU Taiwan through the collaboration program that has been established between the Faculty of Engineering Undip and NUU Taiwan. “Hopefully there will be more undergraduate students who continue their study in Taiwan through this collaboration program,” he said.
(30/6) Delegation from the Department of Civil Engineering Undip consisting of Prof. Dr. Ir. Sri Tudjono, M.S, Prof. Dr. Ir. Han Ay Lie, M.Eng, Prof. Dr. Ir. Suharyanto, M.Sc, and Dr-Ing. Bobby Rio Indriyantho, S.T, M.T, held a visit to National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and National United University (NUU) Taiwan. This visit was held for five days starting from 26 June to 30 June 2023. The purpose of this visit was to conduct a quality assessment as well as to initiate collaborative efforts between the Department of Civil Engineering Undip and those two leading universities in Taiwan.
During this visit, the delegation from the Department of Civil Engineering Undip visited NCKU to conduct several collaborative programs such as joint supervision established in 2017. Other than visiting NCKU, the delegation from the Department of Civil Engineering Undip also managed to hold a meeting and discuss the collaboration potential with representatives from NUU Taiwan. In this meeting, there were several important points that were successfully agreed by both parties. The points of collaboration include a joint degree program for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, a credit transfer program, joint research, joint application for an international workshop or symposium, a setting for a joint laboratory, and preparation for international programs at both universities.
In addition to visiting NCKU and NUU, the delegation from the Department of Civil Engineering Undip also had the opportunity to visit a national laboratory facility in Taiwan, namely National Applied Research Laboratory (NARLabs). NARLabs is a research institution located in Taipei, Taiwan, and consists of several national independent laboratories with various study focuses. One of the NARLabs laboratories visited by the delegation from the Department of Civil Engineering Undip was the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE), a national laboratory focused on developing knowledge and technology related to earthquake engineering.
Dr-Ing. Bobby Rio Indriyantho, S.T, M.T, one of the members of the delegation from the Department of Civil Engineering Undip hopes that this visit can be continued and improved so that it can provide greater benefits for both parties. “Hopefully this collaboration can be continued and improved. Hopefully, there will be more joint research and joint supervision in the future,” he said.