|Arina Widya Kurniawati (the first sixth line from the left) in a picture with MGPS participants and the its founder, Tun Mahathir Mohamad.|
The students of University of Muhammadyah Malang play a greater role in international level. It is proved by one of the students of Communication Studies class of 2013 participating the 4th program of Mahathir Global Peace School (MGPS) in Singapore, 6-18 September. She goes by name Arina Widya Kurniawati.
This student who was born on May 25 1995 beat 600 worldwide applicants. She joined the joint program of University of Muhammadyah Yogyakarta (UMY) and Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) with another 40 passed participants. “The majority of the participants are lecturers, Master students, journalists and delegation of the institution for peace,” Arina said.
The story of passing process of Arina is long to tell. She told that she tried many times to go abroad, starting from the scholarship, short course, and conference but none of them passed. “That’s why when I received that I passed MGPS selection, I was really surprised. I didn’t think that I would pass in this 100 percent free program,” she asserted.
During two weeks in Malaysia, Arina admitted that she was studying hard in order to catch another participants who have higher education. “I add my studying time of the issue of international law so that I can follow the class. This is the golden chance of me to measure my self in international level,” said Arina.When asked what was the most memorable thing in Malaysia, Arina answered that meeting the former Prime Minister of Malaysia as well as the founder of MGPS, Tun Mahathir Mohammad, was the most memorable moment. “I am impressed with Tun Muhathir as he consistently talks about the world peace,” Arina said with awe.
|Arina is her discussion section of the class.
She suggested another students to chase the same abroad opportunity. “The international opportunity is one of the experience which can open your mind, broaden your relations, and can be the stepping stone of your unexpected adventure in the future,” Arina said.
The Head of Communication Studies of UMM, Sugeng Winarno MA, stated that Arina was clever, dilligent, and persistent student. “It is proved by the frequence of her requesting us the recommendation letter for attending the similar event of this and she never gave up even after failing many times,” Sugeng said. (zul/has/t_rfd)