From August 15 to August 31, 2022, the Department of Governance Science, Faculty of Social Science and Political Science, Diponegoro University (UNDIP) held a Summer Course program in collaboration with the Institute for Economic and Social Research, Development and Information (LP3ES), SAFEnet, ALTER SEA/Center for Southeast Asian Studies in Paris, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, at Ca Foscari University, Venice, Italy, University of Malaysia and SHAPE SEA Thailand. This activity was held not only to provide opportunities for students from various countries to study at Undip but also to become a forum for various knowledge and to build a network of academics and activists across ASEAN countries.

The opening of this summer school contained an opening seminar with the topic “Digital Activism, Social Movement and Resistance to Democratic Regression in Southeast Asia”, which was attended by Prof. Budi Setiyono, S.Sos., M.Pol.Admin., Ph.D. who is a professor of Undip Governance Science Study program as well as the Vice Rector III for Communication and Business Undip, who also acted as one of the speakers. Together with Prof. Budi Setiyono, other speakers were present including: Prof. Didik J. Rachbini who serves as the Rector of Paramadina University; Dr. Wijayanto from Undip; Damar Juniarto from SAFE Net; and Dr. Rosalia Sciortino from Mahidol University.

In addition to the speakers above, various other speakers from Asia and Europe will also share knowledge in this summer school, such as Dr. Yatun Sastramidjaja from the University of Amsterdam, Dr. Gabriel from the Center for Southeast Asian Studies in Paris, and many others. There were 85 participants who joined this Summer School event from several countries, such as Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Cambodia, Nigeria, and other Asian countries. “This event is not limited to presenting and receiving material, but its vision is to create an alliance consisting of academics, activists, and workers related to this issue. We need to build a coalition and we need to work together,” said Wijayanto who currently serves as the Director of the DPIP Summer School.