The UNESCO University Twinning and Networking Scheme (UNITWIN) program by Sookmyung Women’s University and Universitas Gadjah Mada was successfully held from July 24th to 28th, 2023.
The Digital and Leadership Training for South Korean and Indonesian female students has successfully generated innovations to empower women in society.
The closing ceremony occurred on Friday (28/7) at the UGM’s University Club and was attended by all participants from both countries.
“I express my gratitude to UGM and all the participants for the smooth conduct of this event. Throughout the five days, the participants actively engaged in all activities. It must be acknowledged that UGM students are highly innovative and creative and deserve praise,” said Professor Younghoon Park in his closing speech.
He added that the training was initially designed to empower female students from both countries, but unexpectedly, the participants produced remarkable innovations that benefit society.
“In addition to expressing gratitude, I hope this collaboration will continue. South Korea and Indonesia share many similarities that make it easy for us to establish cooperation. Hopefully, what we are doing now will have a significant impact in the future,” said Professor Joon Hye Han, a lecturer representing Sookmyung Women’s University.
The closing event was filled with excitement and emotions among the participants. After spending five days together, the Sookmyung Women’s University students had to return to their country to continue their studies. On this occasion, the participants exchanged souvenirs and mementos with each other.
The event concluded with expressions of gratitude and the announcement of award recipients. Awards were given in various categories, such as the team with the best innovation, the best cooperation, and the most innovative team members.
“I didn’t expect our team to win in this category. Initially, I joined this program because I was interested in making friends from other countries,” said Jisoo Kim, a Sookmyung Women’s University student who received the award for the best team.
“My English is not very good, but I am happy because my friends helped me a lot, even though we only knew each other for five days. I am glad to have learned from students from other countries, and we shared a lot about our cultures.”