The spirit to continue study defeats all obstacles. Everyone will do anything to seize their ideals in life. So does Abdullah from Yemen, a new student of Postgraduate program at University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM). He got KNB scholarship (Kemitraan Negara Berkembang/ Developing Country Partnership) from Ministry of Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia. Despite of all his story, Abdullah struggled a lot to get to UMM. “I came to UMM once. And I thought this university is the best choice to take master program”. He said, on Saturday (8/9).
He needed 11 days on the way to UMM while people usually need only 4 days. “I got a permit license problem in the border of Oman and Yemen, so I had to wait”. At UMM, Abdullah is taking Management study program. Although he had to wait for a week to pass the border, he never lost his spirit to come to Indonesia because UMM is the place where he would study and get experiences in many things. “When I was trapped in the border area, the temperature was 40 degrees. But, it was not a matter. Nothing could defeat my spirit to come here”.
Abdullah is one of 7500 new students at UMM. He could not wait to study and gain knowledge here as his friends do. “I am happy making friends with Indonesians. They change me to be better and it is a new experience for me”.
This year, there are 192 foreign students studying at UMM through some programs, such as Regular Mandiri (self-independent), Muhammadiyah Central Executive Scholarship, KNB Scholarship, Darmasiswa Scholarship, UMM Partial Scholarship, Learning Express (LEx), Confucius Institute, and Internship. Those foreign students complete the international vision of UMM to be “ A Local Campus with an International Touch”. (lus)