• 28 Januari 2016
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Appreciating the living environment is the duty of every human being. However, people have done many things to the environment, often damaging themselves and the environment in which they live. The youth are the ones who will be directly receiving the consequences from the actions of their predecessor regarding the environment. Facing this reality, the young intellectuals of Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya (WMCUS) are actively working to solve this issue, primarily in the development of environmental quality and human life. "The issue of environmental crisis that is now the concern of global community will not be solved alone by one person. The youth of Indonesia must be able to get information, learn and find inspiration from various sources. That's why we establish various cooperations inside our country and also abroad to further improve the quality, quantity and effectiveness of our work," said Drs. Kuncoro Foe, G.Dip.Sc., Ph.D. as the Rector of WMCUS.


On Wednesday, January 27th 2016, just two days after the beginning of a new semester, hundreds of students from various faculties and departments in WMCUS had the opportunity to have a dialogue directly with Mr. Paul Grigson. Mr. Grigson is the Australian Ambassador for Indonesia since January 2015, who came to visit 'the Bricks Campus' in the middle of his visit to Surabaya. The limited time made the event densely packed with a brief discussion about the relationship Indonesia - Australia in the field of education. Nevertheless, some of the specific questions that came out of the participants are addressed in detail by Mr. Grigson using casual and easy words to understand. Alvin, a student from the Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, asked, "For now, the common cooperation is the scholarships for Indonesian people to study in Australia. What about the opposite, are there  Australian students who want to learn in Indonesia? '. Paul then explained briefly about the 'New Colombo Plan' program which provides scholarships to undergraduate students from Australia who are interested to do internship in the Indo-Pacific countries. Through that opportunity, Indonesian people may have the opportunity to interact directly with program participants from Australia who come to do the research together, have an internship, or continue their study.

Another question came from students of the Faculty of Medicine, "Is there an alternative to specific learning objectives that can be taken by Bachelor graduates from medical school in Indonesia who want to study in Australia?" Mr. Grigson replied that there are many opportunities open to anyone who wants to continue studying in the kangaroo country, especially in the presence of such collaborations that have been woven by some Australian universities with campuses like WMCUS. "One form that I suggest is a joint degree program where you can study for three years in Indonesia or Australia and two years in the other country, then get a diploma from both universities. For the medical program in particular, there are many programs to choose from. In addition, we also have various fields of learning about medical services and health management open for anyone, even though he is not a graduate of a school of medicine, "said Mr. Grigson.

In order to welcome Mr. Grigson, on this occasion, there was also a displaye of some works by students and researchers at WMCUS about the development of quality of human life and environment. Such works include the utilization of natural waste for processing industrial waste, as well as the concept of Integrated and Comprehensive Health Science Campus (IHSEP) at WMCUS. Paul Grigson took time to visit one booth at a time to discuss directly with young researchers who presented their research work, such as the absorbent of cassava skin to process the industrial waste. There is also a showing of the activated carbon from natural materials, such as from durian fruit peel. "Hopefully, the brief discussion with young researchers will further increase the awareness of the need to be more concerned and conscious about the development quality of human life as a whole and the environment," said Kuncoro. (red)