|EXHIBITTING PRODUCTS: Visitors look around the products of technology by the Singapore Polytechnic and UMM students in the LEx Exhibition in BAU Hall UMM.|
The Learning Express (LEx) program, a two-weeks collaboration program of 25 students of Singapore Polytechnic and 25 students of University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), resulted in three technological products being used by Batu people. These products was introduced in Lex Exhibition and Closing Ceremony held in Genereal Administration Bureau (BAU) UMM on Thursday (17/9).
The products were the outcome of research and technological development conducted on three villages in Batu, which are Mojorejo village with catfish floss business, Rejoso village with plastic bag business, and Jeding village with vegetable nursery business. In the process of making, the students were required to work with design-thinking method.
According to the coordinator of LEx UMM, Zaky M. Zulkarnain, students were led to conduct the analysis and exploration of culture in one of the villages in Batu. They were assigned to search for a business that is able to inspire them in creating new technology which is useful to ease the production and to increase the quality of Small and Medium Enterprises (UKM) in the village.
“This program provides chance for the students to explore the social life of the people in the Batu villages,” said Zaky.
One of the Singapore Polytechnic students, Nicholas, said that he really interested in the project. “I really enjoy the process of producing this catfish floss. This is new for me. Of course, we do it seriously,’ he said.
One of the UMM students, Adit, said that he gained positive results during the activity. He also stated that how different it feels like cooperating with foreign students. “We analyzed the problem in a very short time and had to find the solution together, and finally we built the prototype,” he said.
Meanwhile, the closing ceremony was filled with Karonsih dance performance followed by the speech of the Assitant Rector for International Relation UMM, Drs. Soeparto, M.Pd. “I hope the design-thinking method used during the program can also be applied in your daily lives, students,” he said.
This is the fourth period of the Lex program. In every six months, 25 students of Singapore polytechnic and 25 students of UMM cooperate to run several projects in three villages of Batu. In the previous period, several students from Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) Japan were involved in the projects. (lil/nov/han/t_far)