we cannot deny that globalization encourages competition and the impact is felt at the local level. Being able to compete, research and carry outdevelopment activities (R & D) play a very important role in finding, exploring local potential, bringing new and fresh ideas and then implementing both at the level of policies, programs, and activities. Furthermore, research and development activities are required to have concrete and implementation impacts and can thusbe felt by the community.
Citing Mr. Tata Wikanta the Head of the Cimahi City Bappeda in the Meeting for Acceptance of International Research and Development Cooperation on July 9, 2018 in the Hall of Building A of the Cimahi City Government, in an era of strengthening national competitiveness and globalization, the Cimahi City Government is required to be able to carry out a complex development planning process efficiently, and effectively so that every development opportunity can be utilized as well as possible in order to achieve progress in various fields for increasing and equitable people’s welfare. To support the development process of policy and development planning, scientific and accountable forms of input are needed.
So since the beginning of 2018, the City of Cimahi has begun to build national and international cooperation in the field of development. As a first step in the realization of international cooperation in the field of research and development, with the focus / theme of research in the field of social entrepreneurship in Cimahi City on 7 to 9 July 2018 Cimahi City has received visits of approximately 50 researchers and students from at home and abroad to conduct research and live together in Cireundeu Traditional Village, Leuwigajah Village – Cimahi City.
Cooperating in the International Volunteering for Better Inclusivity (INVENT) Program students and researchers conducted community engagement followed by students of the University of Indonesia (UI), Parahyangan Catholic University (UNPAR) Bandung, Widyamandala Catholic University Surabaya, UNJANI Cimahi, Bandung Islamic University (UNISBA) and UNPAD and foreign students from the University of Malaya Malaysia, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay India, Manipal Higher Education, Karnataka India, and Chao Tung University Taiwan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Vietnam and Syria.
Series of activities
During the series of INVENT activities, the participants attended material sessions on the topics of sociology and sociopreneurship. Participants also carried out volunteering activities at the Adat Village of Cirendeu, West Java and carried out an environmental rescue movement by planting trees.
Before leaving for Cireundeu, at the UNPAR Fisip Campus Bandung, all participants were given material on the basics of sociopreneurship activities in volunteering to develop the community by Mrs. Fiona Ekaristi (Unpar Business Administration Study Program lecturer). She gave material on the basics of sociopreneurship activities in volunteering to develop rural communities.
Fiona, who is experienced in sociopreneurship activities, shared her story in developing a village through the production of wayang kulit art which became a side business for residents when the rice-growing season had passed. “Sociopreneurship is quite popular, especially in western countries and has a lot of value more than just helping,” said Fiona. In the session, also explained the theoretical approach and some intellectual framework for carrying out social activities. Shuresh, a participant from Universiti Malaya, Malaysia said, “I am very interested in this program, even though I study Chemical Engineering but I also really want to take part in social activities where I can apply my Chemical Engineering knowledge.”
Live-in: Cirendeu traditional village
In the 2018 INVENT series, the participants took part in a live-in at the Cirendeu Traditional Village of Cimahi City for three days and two nights. Elivas Simatupang (an Unpar FISIP lecturer who also works for the Research and Development Agency of Cimahi City Bappeda) provides provisions on Sociology and Anthropology, local wisdom, and culture (tips for do’s and dont’s) for participants to prepare for Cimahi. All participants stayed at 12 homestays. Students and researchers are also provided with a smattering of Sundanese terms to interact with local people.
During the live-in period, participants are divided into several small groups with different tasks. Some participants studied the arts and local culture, others examined the conditions of agriculture and the environment, some focused on studying and collecting data about economic activities (tourism and homestay industry) that can support the lives of the surrounding communities.
During the reception, all guests of international cooperation in the field of research and development were received on July 9, 2018, the Mayor of Cimahi, namely Mr. Ajay M. Priatna who extended his warm greetings and gratitude because Cimahi City had been given the trust to be visited and become a research locus for researchers and students from within and outside the country. He hopes that activities like this can be carried out more often and will be able to provide recommendations that can be implemented, as well as being able to help the promotion of the city and that it is no less important is to make a direct impact in the form of the local economy of the community as a result of visits to centers of economic activity in Cimahi City.
As long as this program is running, all the activities are written in blog/vlog (https://inventindonesia.wordpress.com/), YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pintagram and the respective website of each university. During the final part of the visit, the participants were given the opportunity to present their findings before the Civil Servants of the State (ASN) of the Cimahi City Government.
There are 4 recommendations of research results, namely in the fields of:
1) Compilation of Cireahi City Cireundeu Indigenous Village development business model
2) Strengthening product identity through the application of place branding (collective
trademarks) and storytelling concepts
3) Development of arts, culture, and sports-based tourism
4) Community-based tourism development through homestays.
It is expected that by the end of 2018 the Cimahi City Government will be able to implement the input that has been given and born a new superior product prototype based on local potential in Cimahi City.
Until the end of 2018 through cooperation with several overseas universities, embassies, other international institutions such as the European Union and the Asia Pacific Value-Chain Capacity Building Network (VCBN), these activities will continue to be carried out up to 3 more times with research targets in other central locations in Cimahi City.
@Elivas Simatupang 2018
INVENT 2018 (International Volunteering for Better Inclusivity): Peace and Justice. https://inventindonesia.wordpress.com/. Accessed July 24, 2018
UNPAR (2018). INVENT 2018: Young People Down with Hands. http://unpar.ac.id/invent-2018-anak-muda-turun-tangan/. Accessed July 24, 2018
UNPAR (2018). INVENT (International Volunteering for Better Inclusivity) 2018. http://io.unpar.ac.id/invent-2018/. Accessed July 24, 2018