Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta (UNY) in collaboration with Fatoni University, Thailand held an International Summer Course Program on Cross Cultural Understanding online (25-26 / 12/2020). This program was attended by students majoring in Malay from Fatoni University as participants while a lecturer from the Department of Indonesian Language and Literature Education, UNY, Beniati Lestyarini, M.Pd. and Haryanto are appointed to deliver the course. The agenda opened by the Acting Rector of UNY. This program is a non-degree credit transfer through interactive online learning to support campus internationalization while introducing Indonesian culture and language as well as establishing interactions between lecturers and students of the two universities.
Prof. Syukri Lamputeh as Deputy Rector for International Relations at Fatoni University hoped that this program could continue until the next series. "This is the first summer course with UNY on culture. We hope there will be a second, third and so on with the same theme or other themes, such as technical, economic, social and other fields," he said.
"At present, UNY is the host. Hopefully in the future, we can also be hosting the summer course," he continued.
"In addition, I hope this event will also become the embryo of cooperation between the two universities so that other collaboration models will grow, such as visiting professors, joint research, student exchanges and other patterns," he said.
Meanwhile, Beniati Lestyarini revealed that the topic of this summer course contained introduction to Indonesian culture as well as Indonesian language classes, namely Indonesian for offices, journalism / mass media, health services and tourism.
"This program also emphasizes the improvement of participants' literacy skills, which includes the processes of reading, writing, speaking, listening, seeing and arguing. Literacy is generally defined as the ability to read and write and use spoken language. At the end of the program, participants are asked to write about an analysis of cultural differences between Indonesia and Thailand, "concluded Beniati Lestyarini. (hryo, Tj. Lak)