In order to improve international cooperation, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) held another International Learning Express (LeX) Social Services Program (KKN). This year’s LeX KKN will be done in Beteng, Jatimulyo Village, Girimulyo Subdistrict, Kulonprogo District, Special Region of Yogyakarta for two weeks, from September 9th to 20th 2019.
The Publication Division of UMY’s Bureau of Research, Publication, and Social Services (LP3M) Spokesmen Budi Nugroho S.IP stated that this year’s LeX KKN will have 67 participants that consist of 27 students of Singapore Polytechnic, 12 students of Kanazawa University, and 28 students of UMY as guides during the KKN period.
“There will be two focuses on Beteng, namely agriculture and tourism. Beteng is known for its production of snakefruit essence, and the KKN participants will assist in developing, promoting, producing, and marketing the essence to increase its market value with their knowledge. We hope that the participants can learn alongside the locals, blend in, and be more familiar with the quaint village life,” he stated during the LeX KKN opening ceremony on Tuesday (10/9) in AR Fachrudin B Courtroom, UMY Central Campus.
On the same occasion, the UMY Vice Rector of Student, Alumni, and Islamic Affairs, Hilman Latief, MA, PhD stated that the students can explore the culture and environment of Central Java. “For example, the javanese values inherent in the people. This is also a lucrative cooperation for students from Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan. From this experience, they can work together to solve socio-cultural and socio-economic issues. When we go to a new place, we can learn about new things, including our sensitivity towards social living. We as Asians must understand one another, unlike Central Asians who live among wars, poverty, and sabotage. Lastly, UMY truly understands its students’ needs, by giving them the facilities to plant social awareness.” He closed. (Ads)