SEMARANG – Four students of Faculty of Psychology, University of Diponegoro (UNDIP) won the Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards (IISMA) competition, a program from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia. The winners of the competition received appreciation in the form of scholarships from the ministry.

The four students of Faculty of Psychology Undip who passed the 2021 IISMA Program are Shima Raihani Putri who received a one-semester program at University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Thalia Tresnaning Prana who received a scholarship to study at University of Sussex, England; Himmaty Muyassarah who received a scholarship at The University of Edinburgh, Scotland; and Andri Shafira Nur Ramadhan who had the opportunity to study at Prince of Songkla University in Thailand.

The Dean of Faculty of Psychology Undip, Prof. Dian Ratna Sawitri S.Psi., M.Sc., Ph.D., admitted that she was proud of what her four students had achieved. In the official release and briefing ceremony, Sawitri directly congratulated the students who won the IISMA scholarship. “Good luck and always learning. Make the most of this opportunity. We hope that you can gain valuable experience and at the same time become a role model for younger students,” said the Dean of Psychology Undip when giving a briefing and release of students on Thursday (2/9/2021).

According to her, IISMA itself is a scholarship program from the Indonesian Government where students spend one semester at foreign partner universities to learn, experience and learn the culture of the destination country, as well as hone various life skills. Even though it is only one semester, the requirements are quite a lot, and the competition is very tight so it is not easy to get the scholarship.

Some of the requirements that must be met for IISMA include students must have the ability to speak English as evidenced by a minimum official score of IELTS – 6.0, TOEFL iBT – 80, Duolingo English Test – 100 or TOEFL ITP – 550. Another requirement is to have a Grade Point Average (GPA) minimum cumulative 3.00 / 4.00 and other requirements.

“Therefore, I feel proud and grateful for the acceptance of four of our students to join the program in the next semester. The success of the four students in supporting UNDIP’s program to become World Class University is also the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) number 17, namely strengthening global partnerships to achieve common goals. It is in line with the mission of Faculty of Psychology UNDIP to produce graduates who become dignified lifelong learners and excel globally,” she said in the event which was attended by Deputy Deans, Heads of Study Programs, supervisors, and academic and student supervisors.

The Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards is an international mobility program for Indonesian students that is open and can be participated by all students from universities in Indonesia. This program gives students the opportunity to participate in the learning process at internationally reputed universities to enrich and improve their insight and competence in the real world according to their interests and aspirations.

The strategic objectives of IISMA program are to provide international exposure for students, increase knowledge of soft skills, and cross-cultural understanding of students. This program also opens opportunities for students to get to know and learn the latest science and technology as well as the direction of future development of science and technology.

Students who take part in this program are also expected to be able to develop friendships and networks with fellow students, teachers, and the general public in the countries where the students carry out the program. This program also encourages the birth of high-quality, open-minded university graduates who have global experience and knowledge and are ready to face the challenges of the industrial revolution 4.0 and society 5.0. It also aims to strengthen good relations between the Indonesian government and the governments of countries of partner universities. (PR team)

Translated by: Titis (Public Relations)