Qualifying for Erasmus, UMM Students Travel 13 Different European Countries

Author : Humas | Saturday, January 10, 2015 11:18 WIB
Erasmus Scholarship: Syukron, Arin, and Halim as taking a picture in front of Amsterdam Letters in Netherland. They are UMM students receiving Erasmus Mundus Scholarship.

Muhammad Syukron Eko is one of many students in University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) who successfully received abroad scholarship. He is student of Informatics Engineering Department UMM who got Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for studying two semesters in Politechnika Lubelska, Poland.

            The scholarship he received covers studying for 9 months, flight tickets for Indonesia-Poland, living cost 1000 euro each month, and health assurance which is fully covered by European. “Though, the most important things apart from these aspects are knowledge and unforgettable experience,” said Syukron as being met in International Relation Office (IRO) UMM, on Saturday (10/1).

            In Politechnika Lubelska, Syukron took Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as his study. Different from UMM balancing theory and practice with 50% each, in Poland he got 10% theory and 90% practice. Besides, he also got additional lecturing about language and culture of Poland and German.  

            During his study in Poland, Syukron visited 12 European countries such as German, Netherland, France, Belgium, Spain, Hungarian, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Autria, Italy, Vatican, and Greek. Syukron traveled these countries along with other two UMM students receiving the same scholarship, Halim Perdana from Faculty of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (FPP) and Arindani Aulia from Faculty of Economics and Business.    

Halim, Arin, dan Syukron as taking picture in Pont des Arts (love padlock) bridge. It crosses Seine River, Paris, France.

      Besides Erasmus Mundus, during his study in UMM Syukron also received other two scholarships provided by Toyota and Astra 2012 and Data print 2014. “From beginning, I intentionally enrolled into UMM for this university provides so many scholarships whether it is national scholarship or abroad scholarship. Since in Senior High, I had already known that UMM had special relationship with America through AMINEF and Europe through Erasmus,” he explained.

            According to Head of IRO UMM, Dr. Abdul Haris MA, there were hundreds of students receiving abroad scholarship either from Erasmus Mundus or other programs. Most of them are provided by IRO and other related institutions such as American Corner (Amcor) and The American Indonesia Exchange Foundation (AMINEF) for America Scholarships.

            Related to America Scholarship, Ferry Kurnia, one of Amcor staffs, explained that there have been so many UMM students successfully receiving the scholarship; one of which is Indonesia English Language Study Program (IELSP), scholarship for language development.

            The very first UMM student receiving this scholarship is Aries Ferryanto from English Department term 2008. Afterward, UMM students become main applicant in this program. Currently, Ferry explained, the scholarships facilitated by Amcor UMM are Young Southeast Asian Leader Initiative (YSEALI) as exchange program for youth having great leadership and initiative to change their community. Indeed, in December 11th, 2014 Amcor UMM directly invited Head of Information Officer, American Ambassador, Sarah Ziebell to introduce the program.

            Apart from Europe and America, several UMM students also experienced many scholarships in Asia countries. Through program named Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (Jenesys), Dyah Kusuma Anindita from Law Faculty and Prasetya Hermawan from Engineering Faculty experienced to study in Japan. Moreover, due to their academic and skill achievement, two activists of Cinematography Kine Klub UMM, Lizya Oktavia Kristanti and Maharina Novia Zahro were trusted as juries in Seoul International Youth Film Festival (SIYFF) in Seoul, South Korea (August 2014).

            Therefore, Haris informed that IRO is keen for providing abroad scholarships for those having great motivation. To facilitate it, IRO indeed has had three regional-based divisions: America-Europe Division, Autralia-New Zealand Division, and Asia-Middle East Division.  

            “In a future, we will keep expanding relation with other institutions providing scholarship so that UMM students will experience to study abroad before graduation. (han/t_stu)

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