Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) for the third time is holding summer program for international students, entitled DREaM 2011. After the success in 2009 and 2010, DREaM has now the theme of Social Entrepreneurship on the Move. The theme has been chosen in line with the UGM mission to contribute to the global society development.
Putri Paramita Agritansia, S.E., Akt., coordinator of the program, said that in the DREaM 2011, UGM through the Office of International Affairs wishes to introduce entrepreneurship approach to find solutions to various social and economic problems. The activities in DREaM is divided into two, namely academic activities covering general lecture, excursion, and community service, also short internship in 16 independent society groups in Yogyakarta and community service program (KKN) in Bejiharjo, Wonosari. "Participants will do field trips to several tourist destinations in Indonesia and Yogyakarta particularly. After their return, they are expected to promote us in their own country," Putri Paramita said in Stana Parahita, Friday (24/6).
Putri Paramita said that DREaM is a medium for the young generation to showcase their participation in the international forum. Therefore, a number of people will become speakers, including Fred Hehuwat from ASHOKA International, Makarim Wibisono from ASEAN Foundation, and Wahyu Indriyo from Association of Social Entrepreneurship. Others are Butet Manurung, pioneer and alternative education teacher for the Kubu tribe living in Bukit Dua Belas National Park, Jambi. "Some other people who will share experience are Sandiago Uno, Martha Tilaar, and Rezal Kusumatmadja," Putri said.
As many as 67 participants consisting of 45 foreign students and 22 Indonesian students will join this program. For 10 days from 26 June – 6 July 2011, they will get to know each other and share knowledge and experience. The students come from Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Argentine, Australia, New Zealand, Namibia, Egypt, China, Germany, Japan, Thailand, Russia, USA, Belgium and Vietnam. "The opening will be done on 26 June 2011 at the Balairung UGM. We’re thankful that some alumni of DREaM have become public relations officers at embassies and they keep us updated,” Putri concluded.