No less than 30 international students from France, Germany and the Netherlands of Faculty of Economics and Business of Universitas Gadjah Mada were exploring the lives of rural community in the Pentingsari tourism village in Cangkringan, Sleman regency, on Saturday. (18/5)
The double degree and student exchange were learning how to paint batik, play gamelan, collect fish as well as visit traditional drugs company. “I’m happy with this activity where I learned more of the local culture,” said Judith Meigler from Germany.
Judith said batik is very popular. “I’m very interested in batik and want to explore the development of batik.”
Mutiara Gita Maharani, committee chairperson, said the event entitled Cultural Immerson Day was to introduce the local culture to students in the Faculty. Supervised by 3 teaching staff, the students came to the site to have firsthand experience. Mutiara added the event was initiated by the Global Leadership Forum established in early 2013.
“Some fifty students join the Forum, 30 local and 20 international students. We do tandem learning, one local student was partnering with one international student, learning Bahasa Indonesia or foreign languages,” Mutiara concluded.