2021 is the second year that Universitas Brawijaya is involved in implementing collaborative community service (KKN) activities with ITB, UGM, and the team of Enabling Humanitarian Attributes for Nurturing Community based Engineering (ENHANCE). ENHANCE is a collaborative activity related to “Humanitarian Engineering” consisting of several universities from several countries in Europe and Asia which is coordinated by the University of Warwick (UoW) United Kingdom which is funded by Erasmus+ (European Commission) project.
In the previous year, this collaborative KKN activity was coordinated by UGM, while this year (2021) ITB becomes the coordinator. This collaborative KKN activity was attended by students from UB, ITB and UGM who carried out KKN activities located in Ciroyom village, Tasikmalaya Regency, West Java.
Due to the ongoing pandemic condition, this collaborative KKN activity was carried out in a hybrid, which was attended by 20 students from UB from several faculties (Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Economics).
During the activity, students were also accompanied by a team of lecturers from several different faculties/disciplines, who were involved in LPPM-UB Doctoral Service (DM) activity which was coordinated by Irnia Nurika, PhD (FTP) and other team members including: Dr. techn. Christia Meidiana, (FT), Adipandang Yudono, Ph.D. (FT), Dr. Erryana Martati (FTP) and Dodi Wirawan Irawanto, Ph.D (FEB).
The agenda of this collaborative KKN activities that is carried out in hybrid is based on strategic issues as well as the potential and problems of Ciroyom village, Tasikmalaya Regency, including the development of tourist villages and the making of the master plan. At the beginning of the activity before the implementation of KKN in the field, students also took part in a series of activities organized by the Directorate of Student Affairs (Ditmawa) ITB, starting from providing debriefing about collaborative KKN activities, making proposals for KKN activities (both groups and individuals), discussions between group members and KKN Supervisor, as well as actively communicating with the community and related institutions in the KKN area (Ciroyom village).
The outputs of collaborative KKN activities include a tourist village master plan, several modules, leaflets, pocket books, videos (on YouTube) and training related to processed tea products, Tourism Conscious Group (Pokdarwis) institutional guidelines, waste bank development, organic fertilizer manufacture and entrepreneurial guidance/assistance (entrepreneurial digitization) are also a part of the the Collaborative KKN outputs. This collaborative KKN activity received a positive response and appreciation from the community and Ciroyom Village officials.
According to Irnia Nurika PhD, as the coordinator of UB Enhance Team and also the coordinator of DM (Collaborative KKN) activities, next year (2022) the collaborative KKN of UB, UGM, ITB and the Enhance team is planned to be organized/coordinated by UB. (irn/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir)