Developing Country Partnership (KNB) Program students visit the Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) Universitas Brawijaya (UB) on Tuesday (3/8/2022). In 2021, UB accepted overseas students for the first time through the KNB pathway. This KNB pathway is a scholarship program for students from developing countries who have academic and non-academic potential. A total of six overseas students who are accepted will continue their education at UB.

Before studying at UB, these KNB students received the BIPA (Indonesian Language for Foreign Speakers) Program at FCS UB.

“For KNB Program students, the BIPA Program that is prepared is for academic learning, because it is to support student learning later at UB,” explained Hamamah, Ph.D., Dean of FCS UB.

Hamamah also said that KNB students not only learned the BIPA Program but also learned the Cultural Studies Program. The Cultural Studies Program is a program to provide an understanding of Indonesian culture, especially the local culture of Malang City. In this Cultural Studies Program, overseas students are accompanied by Indonesian students from FCS UB who have been trained to help recognize the culture and socialize in daily life while in Malang City.

The BIPA Program, which consists of formal and informal Indonesian language learning, is carried out as a requirement before entering the intended study program. This program is carried out for a year and has been running for six months from the odd semester of 2021.

“Of the six KNB students, some already have Indonesian language skills, so the class is divided into two based on level, namely advanced level, and intermediate level. This BIPA and Cultural Studies learning activity is expected to be able to help foreign students in learning activities as well as in daily socializing activities,” she added.

UB’s Rector, Prof. Nuhfil Hanani, also said that this KNB activity is a good activity, where overseas students and Indonesian students can interact with each other. He also hopes that these KNB students can be active in academic and non-academic activities on the UB campus. Moreover, they can spread the information about Indonesia, especially UB, to their home countries. [gto/dts/msh/PR FCS]