Date: 4th – 7th of February 2012
Venue: Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia
Theme: “Menglobalisasi Ilmu dan Budaya”
This was the very first time PMFFAR organized such an event. This visit had fulfilled the desire of UKM to have an internationalization programme between Malaysia and Indonesia. A total of 18 students including the committee involved in organizing this visit and 9 representatives from Badan Eksekutif Mahasiswa (BEM). Two lecturers who went along were Dr. Mohd Makmor Bakry and Dr. Norazrina Azmi.
The students with lecturers, Dr. Mohd Makmor Bakry and Dr. Norazrina Azmi.
On the first day of the program, they had an ice breaking session in order to get to know each other better. Other than that, they had a meeting regarding the community service that will be held the following day. During the meeting, everyone took part actively in brainstorming ideas and finally they came out with survey questions about proper procedures on medicine disposal.
In front of the faculty of Pharmacy, or “Fakultas Farmasi”
On the second day, they did the community service at Kelurahan Gubeng Surabaya. Gubeng is a village situated in Surabaya. They did a one-to-one interview between the students and the villagers. The villagers who joined in this interview was about 30 to 50 people. After the interview, they had a small tour around Surabaya such as Jembatan Suramadu, Tugu Pahlawan, Masjid Kemayoran, House of Sampoerna, Pasar Oleh-oleh Ji.Genteng and other places.
In front of the Airlangga University ^_^
On the last day of the visit, they had “Pharmacy Tour” which they went around the faculty buildings in the campus such as the laboratories and lecture halls. Then, they went to campus C where the hospital also known as “Rumah Sakit Pendidikan” is situated. There was also Tropical Disease Centre (TDC) where all research about diseases are carried out. At night, closing ceremony was held which featured nice cultural performances from Malaysia and Indonesia. A great dinner at that night was provided!
Participants headed back to Malaysia on the next day. Through this event, UKM pharmacy students learnt a lot of new things and experience the life of being pharmacy students in Indonesia. They had fun and build strong rapport with the pharmacy students of Airlangga University. “It was a great and wonderful moment being there!”, a participant said. PMFFAR hopes that such visit can be held annually but to different universities in different countries. It will allow our students to gain more experiences, learn new things and apply them in our faculty.
Sweet memories 🙂