In July 2018 (ACICIS’ Semester 47), we welcomed four students onto ACICIS’ Development Studies Immersion Program (DSIP), three of which undertook the program with the support of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan initiative. Students started the semester program with six-weeks of Indonesian language study with INCULS at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) and began learning about various Indonesian development issues through a seminar series and case study visits to various development sites in Yogyakarta.
The students then undertook an eight-week placement at either a local organisation or for a local community. Two students undertook the DSIP Development Placement, where students intern for a local organisation working in an area of development within the Yogyakarta region. The other two students chose to complete the Student Community Service stream – locally called Kuliah Kerja Nyata or KKN – facilitated by UGM. The KKN is a compulsory program for many local students – and is generously made available to ACICIS international students – whereby students relocate to a particular community in need to develop a response to an immediate local development issue.
The DSIP was brought to a close in December with academic presentations from all students, wherein the students shared details about and reflected upon their individual placements.
We would like to congratulate our students on their achievements and contributions, as well as extend thanks to our wonderful Host Organisations!
Read more about DSIP Semester 47 here.