|The Kesos students visiting study program to Malaysia briefing by the Dean (Photo: Special)|
The Social Welfare Department(Kesos) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) will strengthentheircooperation in the form of visiting studies on2-7 December. This agenda follows up the Letter of Intent (LoI) with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). This activity is also a reply from the visiting study of UKM students inthe last2018.
Withtotal of 12 Social Welfare students consisting of 1st, 3rd and 5th semester students, and 2 accompanying lecturers had prepared themselves in research on social issues that occurred in Indonesia. This research is used in the main visiting study program, which is a mini conference in the form of presentations that will be held with the students of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSK) UKM.
"The research is based on existing issues in Indonesia and it is based on assignment of courses which thenexploredfor the visit preparation. For thechosenissues, there are issues concerningondisability, street children and migrant workers,"said Hutri Agustino, S. Sos., M.Sias a co-lecturer, Tuesday (26/11).
According to Hutri, thosethree issues are very relevant to the issue of SDGs or Sustainable Development Goals, which is a global agenda. Not just that, he continued, thosethree issues are relevant to the concentration of Social Welfare studies in micro, mezzo and macro social issues.
"The expected outputsis students can conduct comparative studies, so they can find out how services, handling micro, mezzo and macro social problems in Indonesia and in Malaysia," continued Hutri.
In the visiting study there were other programs, namely Joint in Class Course Work, where UMM students entered and attended classes at FSSK UKM. Then the visit to the Malaysian Social Institute and the Malaysian Ministry of Social Education training body was continued as a form of reciprocal visit to explore possibilities in conducting research and training.
Aside from visiting study, UMM Social Welfare also sought a program to send lecturers for further study, visiting professors, participate in publishing scientific journals, and research collaboration that will be conducted with UKM. a number of these cooperation schemes will be followed up in the near future. (joh)