SIXTH TIME: A total of 65 new Peace Corps volunteers who just came to UMM March 20, 2015 will be trained for three months.
Again, University of Muhammadiyah Malang obtained the trust from international community. In this time, a total of 65 volunteers from United State (US) that joined to Peace Corp came to UMM to learn language and Indonesia culture. This is the sixth time UMM trusted to handle the volunteers also who as peace ambassador.
The arrivals of volunteers are also to prepare them to be English teacher in two years at East Java and West Java. Before that, they will be trained by UMM in three months through Pre-Service Training (PST) activity at Batu, from March 22 to June 10, 2015.
“For three months they will learn about learning method, language and Indonesia culture so later be able to adapt when starting placed in these areas,” said the Assistant of Rector in the field International Cooperation Drs Suparto MPd when met at International Relations Office (IRO), Wednesday (25/3).
He said, UMM is the only universities in Indonesia that became training center for the volunteers of Peace Corps. “This is also in line with our mission to bring international atmosphere into this campus,” he said.
From the data obtained, there is improvement trend of Peace Corps volunteers that trained by UMM in every year. In 2010, a total of 20 volunteers took part in this program. In 2011 increased to 30 volunteers. “In 2012 there were 47 volunteers, then 57 volunteers in 2013, 67 volunteers in 2014. For this year, there should be 70 volunteers who will be involved, but five of them were resigned,” said Soeparto.
The presence of Peace Corps in UMM, Soeprato said more strengthen the UMM internationalization. “If government official institution believed to UMM, how about other institution,” he said.
Previously, last month, UMM also cooperated with Singapore Polytechnic and Kanazawa Institute of Technology Japan also held Learning Express. The activity that held in two weeks was succeeded creating innovation for community of Batu city. This activity is collaboration of 48 students from three countries; Indonesia, Japan and Singapore. (zul/hant_zuh)