An FCS UB Lecturer Felt the Netherlands’ Academic Atmosphere
Melania Shinta Harendika, a lecturer at the Study Program of English at the Faculty of Cultural Studies, Universitas Brawijaya had the opportunity to feel the international academic atmosphere at the Netherlands. Shinta was fortunate to get the opportunity to join the Short Course for Social Sciences and Humanities program organized by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education in collaboration with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land-en Volkenkunde Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) and Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands. The Short Course themed Globalization and Citizenship was held October 26 – November 26 2018.
The Short Course participants were 21 young lecturers from all corners of Indonesia who are preparing research proposals or publications on the theme of Global Interaction and Population. These twenty-one participants went through a selection process held one month before the program was implemented.
Through this program, participants with Master’s degree are expected to be able to prepare their research proposals for the Doctoral level, while participants with Doctoral degrees are expected to prepare proposals for Post-Doctoral research and or publications in international journals.
This series of Short Course activities are held primarily in the city of Leiden, and several cities in the Netherlands such as Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. The Short Course participants also had the opportunity to visit several historic locations including the Migratie Museum, the Binnenhof Government Office, the Central Bureau of Statistics, the Black Heritage, the Troopenmuseum, the Peace Palace, and surround the canal throughout the city of Amsterdam.
In addition, the participants were provided with material related to current issues including issues related to refugees, popular culture, gender, visual media, as well as language and identity. The materials were delivered by experts in their fields including Prof. Dr. Henk Schulte Norholt who is the researcher of KITLV, he is also a professor of Indonesian History at the Universiteit Leiden; Prof. Dr. Adrian Bedner who is a professor of law and Indonesian society from Universiteit Leiden; Prof. Thijl Sunier from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam who is a professor of social science and cultural anthropology; Prof. Susan Legene from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam who is a professor of political history and chief curator of the Amsterdam Tropenmuseum; and many other presenters.
In a series of Short Course events, participants were also given the opportunity to reflect on the material they had learned, independent learning, and discussion. In addition, participants were also given the opportunity to review several articles, and at the end of the program, all participants were required to present their proposals which ended with a question and answer session.
In addition to academic burdens, the process of adaptation to weather is a challenge during this Short Course because cold temperatures in the Netherlands range from 0 – 11 degrees Celsius. But this did not lessen Shinta’s enthusiasm for learning. Shinta hoped that similar programs would be maintained and facilitated by the government to open up the horizons of knowledge for wider contributions. (MSH/PSIK FIB)