Supporting Biodiversity, Bioligy Study Program Held International  Summer Course

Off campus student activities are currently important to color student learning in Indonesia and throughout the world. The Indonesian government program, namely Independent Learning, is a very good forum and is relevant to current developments.

The Undergraduate Biology Study Program, through Brawijaya International Student Mobility Award (BISMA) and the Independent Campus Competition Program (PKKM) is carrying out international summer course activities online and offline from March 2024 to June 2024. This program is packaged by offering flexibility and relevance according to current developments as well as supporting increased competitiveness in the global job market.

The theme for this year’s international summer course activities is “Harmony in Nature from East Java: Integrating Indigenous Wisdom and Field Ecology for Sustainable Tropical Ecosystems Conservation”. Offline activities will be held on April 29 – May 11 2024 in Malang and Banyuwangi.

International summer course chaired by Viky Vidayanti, M.Si. aims to support the protection of terrestrial biodiversity, including plant and animal species, restoration of damaged habitats, and control of invasive species, which are some of the efforts that can be made to maintain the sustainability of terrestrial ecosystems (SDGs 15)

With this activity, increasing awareness and concern for maintaining the sustainability of ecosystems, biodiversity and natural beauty among national and international students can be achieved.

International summer course participants this time came from various universities from within and outside the country, including Universitas Brawijaya, UIN Malik Ibrahim Malang, Islamic University of Malang, University of Riau, Duta Wacana Christian University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Suranaree University of Technology and Tohoku University.

This activity began with lectures by several professors from UB Biology Department, including Prof. Lukman Hakim, Prof. Amin Setyo Leksono, Prof. Catur Retnaningdyah and Prof. Paul Kessler from Leiden University.

Next, students conducted field research in Secang Village, District. Kalipuro, Banyuwangi Regency. This research relates to the management of coffee planting in Secang Village, Kalipuro District, Banyuwangi Regency. Some of the research topics carried out are regarding the processing of coffee plantations by local communities, plant diversity, land animals, insects, and aquatic biota around coffee plantations. Participants who had different majors from Biology were very enthusiastic about studying environmental science even though the terrain of the locations visited was quite difficult, such as in Sumber Manis area.

As a form of dissemination, the research results in this small project were presented in front of the Independent Ecoliteracy Community (MEM) coffee farmer group in Secang Village and at FMIPA Universitas Brawijaya.

As a form of introduction to Indonesia’s natural diversity and wealth, participants were invited to visit PIGGI (Ijen Geopark Geological Information Center) and Ijen Geopark. Foreign students were very enthusiastic about seeing the blue fire and they are willing to climb since early morning. The charm of the Ijen Crater and its surroundings makes fatigue disappear. This activity received high appreciation from both participants, lecturers and the community.

“This activity was very fun, provided new insights, added new knowledge, and increased relationships for me who is an Engineering student from KMUTT. I hope that similar activities can be held again next year with a much larger number of participants,” said one of the summer course participants from Thailand, Kunpoj Wattanachonlasit from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) Thailand.

This summer course activity is funded by the Independent Campus Competition Program (PKKM) from DIKT. (*/OKY/UB PR/ Trans. Iir)