20 students from China, Taiwan and Malaysia, also from Indonesia (UNAND and UNIB) held a short summer course on the Biodiversity of Sumatra’s Tropical Ecosystem at University of Bengkulu until August 18th , 2018.
This international summer course has been held since August 5th, 2018 at Andalas University (UNAND), West Sumatra. The number of participants was 20 people; 4 students from University of Bengkulu, 4 students from Ming Chi Taiwan University of Technology, 7 students from Andalas University, 2 students from University of Malaysia Kelantan, and 3 students from Sun Yat-Sen University, China.
“After spending a week in a short lecture at Andalas University, participants will continue this program at UNIB until August 18th, 2018,” said Head of Partnership and International Affairs Office (UPT KSLI) of UNIB, Yansen, Ph.D., Monday (08/13/2018).
Yansen explained, the theme of the joint lecture was “Exploring the Diversity of Plants and Animals from Tropical Ecosystems in Sumatra.” The participants were guided by instructors from University of Bengkulu, Andalas University and Kyoto University.
This international short lecture was jointly organized by UNIB and UNAND funded by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Ristekdikti) of the Republic of Indonesia through the capacity building grants of Partnership and International Affairs Office (UPT KSLI). “In 2018 there are 11 activities that have been given funding, including our program,” said Yansen.
The opening event was attended by the Rector of UNIB, Dr. Ridwan Nurazi, M.Sc; Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Prof. Lizar Alfansi; Vice Rector for Resources, Dr. Sigit Sutjatmiko; and Vice Rector for Planning and Cooperation, Dr. Ardilafiza. Then there were also the Head of General and Resources Bureau, Ir. Akhmad Nezar; Head of Planning, Learning and Student Bureau, Dra. Proklampiati, MM, as well as the deans and vice deans of UNIB.
During the short course in Bengkulu, the participants will be invited to explore the diversity of plants and animals by visiting UNIB’s Education Forest in Kemumu, North Bengkulu to see the “home” of the World’s Largest Flower, Rafflesia Arnoldi and the Flower of Carcass of Amarphophallus. Then they also explore the mangrove forest on the coast of Bengkulu, and see the traditional game of the people of Bengkulu in enlivening the 73rd anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Indonesia. [Hms1/eve/Foto:Ngamarudin]