The end of UNPAR 2013: A memory for life!

Unfortunately, this wonderful conference had to come to an up. After a hectic day in Jakarta and some last workshops. the last day was made of all of our presentations. All the participants in the Global Terrorism Program were divided into 8 groups and we were assigned to present, in front of the whole assembly, what were the conclusions we could draw from the conference.

My group, composed of Chinese, Americans, Indonesians and I (French-Italian-Swedish) focused on explaining why different forms of terrorism required different solutions. After spending so many hours discussing issues like right-wind radicalism, Islamist extremism, lone-wolf terrorism, terrorism in Scandinavia and the consequences of death penalty, it seemed like an obvious end to our learning: speaking of one solution that would eradicate terrorism sounds inadequate and inappropriate.

But this conference, that gathered so many nationalities and different opinions, proved one point: citizens, at the grass roots level, have an enormous responsibility in their shoulders in the fight against terrorism: striving to oppose all the prejudices and false preconceptions that still are wrongly associated to some ethnic groups or religions. As Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a French-German MP of the European Parliament would put it: “Multi-culturalism, tolerance and acceptance for every individual, regardless of religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation are the real barriers against terrorism”.

The second conclusion that I would stress on at the end of this conference is all the love, friendship and care that I´ve received in so few days. In approximately seven days, I´ve met so many wonderful human beings and new friends. They have taken care of me like almost no one has ever done it before. And I wonder now how to give back what was freely given to me.

I want to especially thank Sindy, Azizah, Tiara and Haqqi, students at Parahyangan University in Bandung that took me out every single day, made me discover every of their preferred corners of Bandung, made me try delicious dishes and immersed me into the Indonesian culture, teaching me traditions, words, ways of living. Your attention to me is a priceless gift that I´ll always remember. Our discussions, our laughs, our differences have made me a richer human being.

I want to thank all the members of the Organizing Committee of the UNPAR International Student Conference 2013 for the awesome work they´ve put in into fixing every single detail of the event. All students, they woke up far before us and went to bed far after us just to make sure that we´ll enjoy our time. You all rock 🙂

I also want to particularly thank Anas, Merve, Mickael, Martin, Tejas, all my new International friends from every corner of this planet for being here for me. You all made me a better man!

In one word: Just go to UNPAR International Student Conference 2014! 🙂

Technology @UniMelbourne!

Dear readers,

Going on exchange studies will provide you a wide range of diverse experiences, positive as a bit more negative. Being in Melbourne since the beginning of February, I´ve learned how the University has been approaching technology in a very different way than Malmö University.

On the welcome reception to all overseas students, we were taught, right from the beginning, that we should immediately download some useful apps that graduates at the Computing Department has been modelling. Here come some examples of them:

1) Lost? No worries! 

Campuses in Australia are generally wider and more outspread in the city. It´s really easy to get lost, and I´ve experienced it myself quite often. However, an “app” has been developed in order to help students navigate through the many alleys and roads at the Campus. “Lost on Campus” has the answer for everything!lost-on-campus-pandamap will indicate your directions and the approximate time you´ll be needed to reach your destination. Thanks to the GPS, it will walk with you too! But it´s not all!

Through it you can even trade our old books, look for internships and events happening at the University and leave a “comment” that the University services will directly receive and answer. So if you´re planning on an exchange in Australia (the application works for the major campuses in Australia), “Lost on Campus” is the solution to most of your worries.

2) Towards a safer university? Unisafe!

747-1-unisafeThe University’s Safer Community Program in Melbourne launched its Unisafe app in an effort to educate staff, students and visitors to the University on ways they can enhance their personal safety and contribute to building a safe and secure environment.
Students, staff and visitors can use the app to request a security escort to or from campus, and can also access information about campus security services, health services such as counselling, disability liaison and international student support.

The app also includes tips on enhancing personal safety on campus, public transport, in cars, at home and ‘out and about’… Wonderful!

 

 

3) Wanting to know what´s happening at UniMelb? Download the app!

iphone-wordStudying at UniMelb? The UniMelb app provides access to the latest information about the University of Melbourne wherever you are!

The UniMelb app includes:

– Photo gallery: Explore the campus in pictures

– Contact Directory: Search for University of Melbourne staff and connect quickly by phone or email(some staff don’t make their details public)

– News: View the latest news from the University of Melbourne newsroom

– Search: Quickly access the University Web Search

An inspiration for Malmö University?

First weeks in Melbourne!

Here some weeks of rest in Malmö, here I am, on the road again! I will spend the next term as an exchange student at the University of Melbourne, Australia!

I arrived in Australia around the 19th of February, and the first weeks in Australia have been a bit hectic since then.

First priority of all: accommodation. For all future students at Melbourne University, no panic!. Melbourne is a quite relaxed city regarding accommodation and there are plenty of rooms available. The most common form of accommodation is “shared apartment” or “shared houses”: apartments for only one student are very rare and out of price.

A useful website for all of those who are planning to spend a term in Melbourne: http://www.gumtree.com.au/. There you´d be able to find both rooms and jobs. I´ll talk about the job part a little bit after. An acceptable price for a room in Melbourne is about 250-300 dollars/week (around 1600-1900 SEK), which is quite of a budget for a student. You should calculate your costs of living before coming to Australia and maybe consider getting a job.

Second priority: Attending the Welcome Day at the University. At the welcome day, we were given lots of administrative information about students´ responsibilities and rights (quite different from Sweden), how to enroll to classes, how to log in the Student Portal…. Melbourne University is very advanced regarding to the use of IT in education. For instance, all of my lectures are recorded (both audio and video) and I can re-watch all of them as much as I want to. I´ll speak about IT and Education in a following post.

Third priority: Attending the classes! As a exchange student, you´re expected to enroll in 4 classes in order to be considered as a full-time student (a requirement for fulfilling the conditions of your visa).

Classes are generally divided in lectures (generally 2 hours/week) and tutorials (generally 1 hours/week), which would keep you busy around 15 hours a week. A slight difference from Sweden: attending tutorials in compulsory. At the University of Melbourne, undergraduate students are expected to attend 75% of their tutorials in order to pass the course. Failing to attend to tutorials leads to failing the whole course. Tutorials are generally given by passionate Phd-students or professionals (for example, my tutorial on Australian politics is given by an parliamentary assistant of a current Member of the Australian Parliament – fascinating!).

From your first moments at the University of Melbourne, you´ll notice the high standards of academics. Melbourne University has been ranked 1st in Australia and 39th in the world according to Times´ Higher Education World University Reputation (http://www.australianuniversities.com.au/rankings/). Literally all of my classes are motivating, fascinating and “brain-teasing”. The reading list is generally longer than Malmö or Lund University but it´s totally worth it!

As a conclusion, I can only recommend an exchange program at the University of Melbourne. I already feel that I´ve learned so much in so few week and I am really looking forward to continuing the learning “adventure” here in Melbourne!

/Michel

PS: I´ve posted pictures of the campus!

End of UNPAR International Student Conference 2013: A Memory for life!

Unfortunately, this wonderful conference had to come to an up. After a hectic day in Jakarta and some last workshops. the last day was made of all of our presentations. All the participants in the Global Terrorism Program were divided into 8 groups and we were assigned to present, in front of the whole assembly, what were the conclusions we could draw from the conference.

My group, composed of Chinese, Americans, Indonesians and I (French-Italian-Swedish) focused on explaining why different forms of terrorism required different solutions. After spending so many hours discussing issues like right-wind radicalism, Islamist extremism, lone-wolf terrorism, terrorism in Scandinavia and the consequences of death penalty, it seemed like an obvious end to our learning: speaking of one solution that would eradicate terrorism sounds inadequate and inappropriate.

But this conference, that gathered so many nationalities and different opinions, proved one point: citizens, at the grass roots level, have an enormous responsibility in their shoulders in the fight against terrorism: striving to oppose all the prejudices and false preconceptions that still are wrongly associated to some ethnic groups or religions. As Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a French-German MP of the European Parliament would put it: “Multi-culturalism, tolerance and acceptance for every individual, regardless of religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation are the real barriers against terrorism”.

The second conclusion that I would stress on at the end of this conference is all the love, friendship and care that I´ve received in so few days. In approximately seven days, I´ve met so many wonderful human beings and new friends. They have taken care of me like almost no one has ever done it before. And I wonder now how to give back what was freely given to me.

I want to especially thank Sindy, Azizah, Tiara and Haqqi, students at Parahyangan University in Bandung that took me out every single day, made me discover every of their preferred corners of Bandung, made me try delicious dishes and immersed me into the Indonesian culture, teaching me traditions, words, ways of living. Your attention to me is a priceless gift that I´ll always remember. Our discussions, our laughs, our differences have made me a richer human being.

I want to thank all the members of the Organizing Committee of the UNPAR International Student Conference 2013 for the awesome work they´ve put in into fixing every single detail of the event. All students, they woke up far before us and went to bed far after us just to make sure that we´ll enjoy our time. You all rock 🙂

 

I also want to particularly thank Anas, Merve, Mickael, Martin, Tejas, all my new International friends from every corner of this planet for being here for me. You all made me a better man! In one word: Just go to UNPAR International Student Conference 2014! 🙂

 

UNPAR Indonesia 2013 – Day 5 – Workshops!

Dear readers,

Let me continue the amazing story of the International Student Conference on Global Citizenship in Bandung, Indonesia.

The 4th Day was dedicated to a intense but fascinating discovery of all what Bandung had to offer. Bandung has approximately 2,4 millions inhabitants and is surrounded by volcanic mountains, which give it a cooler climate that the capital city, Jakarta. The city is quite broad and extended, which is a true challenge for any foreigner (I´ve been myself looking for neighborhoods with little success…). Bandung is the sate of the province of West Java, and is home of the Sundanese people., the second largest ethnic group in Indonesia with a different dialect and peculiar traditions.

The 5th day was entirely made of workshops discussions, that allowed us to reflect on all the different learning moments we had all been through.

– The theme of the first workshop was on the role of medias in tackling terrorism

– The second was about the necessity or not of severe punishments in order to prevent further terrorism attacks (Indonesia has still death penalty as a sentence for terrorist acts).

– The third workshop gathered participants that wanted to discuss the experience of their home countries regarding terrorist attacks and counter-terrorism programs.

All of the three workshop were really giving and educative. I could really testify how different the opinions of the different participants were, especially on the effectiveness of severe punishments to counter eventual terrorism attacks. Again, in one word, a perfect day in Bandung!

UNPAR Indonesia 2013 – Day 4 – Discovering Bandung…

Dear readers,

It´s high time for a new update on the blog! After those amazing conferences and discussions, the organizing committee of the conference (entirely students at Parahyangan University) had prepared another exciting day for us! A free day discovering the amazing city of Bandung!

Bandung was the location of the first Asian–African Conference, held in April 1955. The conference gathered new independent states from both regions who commonly expressed their rejection of colonialism or “new-colonialism” and founded the Non-Aligned Movement. We all visited the venue of the conference which is still used for diplomatic or educational purposes.

Secondly, Bandung is the host of a famous Museum of Geology, which exposed many fossils, rocks, and minerals… Such a delight!

And to finish such a wonderful day, all the participants of the conference headed to Saung Angklung Mang Udjo, a place dedicated to the traditional Indonesian instrument, the “Angklung”  (instrument made of two or several bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame, each of the tube playing a different tune). We discovered dances, traditional songs and we also got the chance to give it a try and play all together!

In one word, I would only say: Bandung rocks!!!

UNPAR Indonesia 2013 – Day 3 – Lecture and Movie Discussion

Here come the latest news from the International Conference on Global Citizenship in Bandung, Indonesia.

Day number 3 was full of surprises and wonderful events.

1) First of all, I had the pleasure to attend a very educative lecture given by Major Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, on the Indonesian efforts and the role of the Indonesian army to tackle terrorism.

Before entering the lecture, I could testify the huge excitement of the local participants who rushed in the front row of the lecture hall and listened carefully to everything he was saying. At the end of the lecture, I approached one of the student of Parahyangan University and asked the reason behind this enthusiasm. She explained me with joy in her eyes that Major Yudhoyono that the Indonesian President´s son!

2. Secondly, all the participants of the Global Terrorism Program watched a controversial movie: “Promised Paradise” by Leonard Retel Helmrich, which was banned for a while by the Indonesian government. The discussion afterwards was as fascinating as the rest of the day.

More info: http://cinemaguild.com/mm5/merchant.mvc Screen=PROD&Store_Code=TCGS&Product_Code=2273

As said, a day full with surprises.

UNPAR Indonesia 2013 – Day 2 – Conferences

After a huge Indonesian breakfast at Sany Rosa Hotel, Bandung, we headed towards Parahyangan University in order to go through the second day of the International Student Conference on Global Citizenship.

The headlights of today´s programme were:

– A first lecture on “Global Terrorism, the origin, causes and impacts” by Sydney Jones (International Crisis Group)

– A second lecture by GATUT INDRO SURANTO, or the life´s story of a survivor of the 2002 Bali bombings in Indonesia.

– A third lecture on “Global Terrorism in International Law” by Prof. Nobuhito Yoshinaka from Hiroshima University.

More updates to come tomorrow!!!

UNPAR Indonesia 2013 – Day 1 – Settling Down and Opening Ceremony

My name is Michel Anderlini and I am a student of International Relations at Malmö University. For about three months ago, a very good friend of mine advised me to check It´s Learning” as some exciting news had come up. A Student Conference in Indonesia!! I went straight home after my classes and sent out my application for the same day!

Three months later, here I stand, in Bandung, Indonesia… After about 20 hours of travelling, I arrived on Wednesday 16/01 late on the evening. Immediately, some students of Parahyangan University of Bandung came to meet me up at Jakarta Airport. We spent some valuable time together and chatted about everything: studies, culture, work…

Yesterday (Thursday 17/01) was a busy day for me: together with some other participants and Indonesian students, we decided to book a taxi and explore the wonderful city of Bandung. We visited a waterfall, went to a summer resort and admired the huge mansions on the top of a hill, and a some delicious lunch in a shopping mall next to our hotel.

Later on the evening, it was high time for the opening ceremony of the International Student Conference on Global Citizenship! The rector of Parahyangan University welcomes us and the Committee of the Conference (entirely students) had organized for us some cultural shows: songs and traditional dances just blew my mind away!

Tomorrow would be the true beginning of the conference: more news to come!!!

/Michel Anderlini