Parahyangan Catholic University (Unpar) has once again held the International Student Conference on Global Citizenship (ISC) 2018, an international conference held since 2013 and regularly held annually. ISC 2018 with the theme “Climate Change, A Global Warning” was held on January 14-21 2018 at the Aroma’s Hotel Legian Bali, as well as a number of other venues on the Island of the Gods.
Participants came from countries such as Japan, Sweden, Spain, the United States, South Africa, Kenya, Pakistan, Germany, and Unpar partner universities namely: International Network University (INU) member universities such as James Madison University, Hiroshima University, Viadrina European University, and Malmö University.
The number of participants who participated in ISC 2018, numbered 78 people consisting of 31 local participants (Unpar) and 47 international participants. This event is a form of internationalization at home for Unpar students, where they gain first-hand experience in international activities at Unpar.
When met by Unpar’s Publication Team, one of ISC’s supervisors, Fiona Eucharist Putri, S.IP, MM said this year Unpar cooperated with Dhyana Pura University, Bali to hold the ISC which lasted for about one week. In addition to sending two students, the University of Dhyana Pura had recommended the ISC workshop facilitator from Udayana University, Bali.
When asked why the theme of “Climate Change, A Global Warning” was chosen, Fiona said that climate change is no longer tolerable and should receive the full attention of the global community. The impact of climate change can really be felt. Not only for humans, but in terms of biodiversity, such as animals, plants, coral reefs , and others.
” Why did we choose Bali? Because in Indonesia, the area that received the direct impact of climate change is Bali, “said Fiona.
Nevertheless, she added, there are many coastal areas in Indonesia. Bali was chosen because of its high tourism aspect, hence its bigger impact compared to other regions in Indonesia.
Fiona mentioned, facilities and infrastructure in Bali also readily support the implementation of international activities. In addition, Unpar has a number of partners who support the conference. They have concerns in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation. “Including alumni and a Bali-based NGO, Bedugul Organic Garden. It’s all there, “she said.
From “workshop “, “field trip “, to cultural tour
The organizers invited two keynote speakers, namely Associate Professor. Stephen B. Rothman (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Japan) and Unpar’s Lecturer of International Relations Dr. Yulius Hermawan Purwadi.
During the conference, participants discussed topics on climate change from various aspects, interdisciplinary studies. The keynote lecture material presented by Dr. Purwadi focuses on the discussion of the threat of climate change is real and how repositioning climate change is at the present.
In the second keynote lecture presented by Assoc. Prof. Rothman, human aspects were dicussed, especially what kinds of human traits or human behavior that causes climate change.
Furthermore, these six-sessions workshops with six facilitators discussed various related topics, such as the legal aspects of climate change, the socio-economic aspects, the climate change impact on tourism, global partnership, human resilience, and the climate change impact on biodiversity.
ISC 2018 also presented short courses on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Fiona said that the committee team had invited two of the founding brothers of Bye-Bye Plastic Bags, an NGO in Bali that has a program focusing on reducing the use of plastic bags.
Participants were given an explanation of the adaptation to climate change through coral reef monitoring. “More or less like what we gave the participants in addition to of other activities such as practical activities, field trips, same cultural activities. (also) Site-visit,”explained Fiona.
Two places that forward the destinations of ISC 2018’s field trip are Amet Beach and Bedugul Organic Farm. Participants had the opportunity to conduct a coral reef monitoring (snorkling) at Amet Beach, which was guided directly by facilitators of the Reef Check Foundation.
At the end of the ISC 2018 event, the participants conducted a poster presentation by way of simulation, as well as sharing sessions about what was obtained during the conference. The committee selected one of the best posters that will be published on ISC media and will be used for climate change campaign materials.
More information about ISC can be accessed through isc-io.unpar.ac.id, bit.ly/video-isc-2018, and bit.ly/isc-2018 related to ISC 2018’s activity report.
Source: KOMPAS – Griya Ilmu (Tuesday, 27 March 2018)