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The First Impression Successfully Impress Foreign Students

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Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta has just held the first Impression Short Course on October 27-31, 2015. Twenty students from Australia, Germany, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia took part in the program to learn about the implication of multiculturalism in the region.

Under the theme “Intimate Escape: Engaging with Yogyakarta’s Media and Community,” the 2015 Impression Short Course offered several activities range from lecture, media visit, NGO day to community live in and tour. The lectures covered topics in the area of media, disaster and locality in Yogyakarta. In addition to that, the 2015 Impression Short Course took participant to experience the real work of media and NGO in Yogyakarta by visiting Combine Resource Institution and Kedaulatan Rakyat. Moreover, the 2015 Impression Short Course Program UAJY also held community live in at Kebon Agung village so the participants got ultimate experience during their stay in Yogyakarta.

“What I learn best from the program is how the media and locals deal with issues of multiculturalism and locality,” said Joshua, a participant from the Philippines.

During the five days program the participants created bond and friendship which helped them to understand each other, better. “This is a really good program, I don’t want this to end,” confessed Zahara, a participant from Malaysia.

Jason, another participant from the Philippines added that by understanding each other, it also helped them to understand the community as one. In his presentation he stated that the understanding of others is necessary to create a better world.

The course concluded with a closing ceremony in which the 2015 Impression Awards were given to the best creative reports. The winners of the 2015 Impression Awards are Joshua Villanueva from the Philippines, Fransisca Wessels from Australia and Samuel Dimas from Surabaya, Indonesia.