The 4.0 Technology Era is a serious challenge for the younger generation to prepare themselves for the working world. To be involved in that era you need the right skills, knowledge, and to always be ready. To that end, the International Relations Program of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) hosted another International Field Study, this time taking place in Singapore on 19-23 August 2019.
The guiding lecturer for this Field Study, Ratih Herningtyas, S.IP., MA stated that the event participated by 44 students and 2 lecturers, being herself and Siti Muslikhati, S.IP., aims to introduce specific focuses of International Relations study, as well as the potency of each focus in the working world. “We performed this introduction by visiting bodies or institutions in Singapore, namely UN Women, WWF, Newater, The Indonesian Embassy, and the National University of Singapore. within the International Relations curriculum, there are three aspects of study focuses, namely diplomatic study, NGO, and international business. In this occasion, the students can see how those aspects work to handle strategic issues and the challenges of the 4.0 technology era,” Ratih explained when contacted on Thursday (22/8).
In NeWater, the students received an explanation and live demonstration on how the Singaporean government produce and manage clean water through technology. “Water is an important and strategical issue for the Singaporean government, considering it is important for human life and that Singapore’s landmass has limited amounts of ground water. Through technology, the government managed to prepare enough water reserves for its people, even anticipating the potential for scarcity in the future,” She explained.
Meanwhile, in the Indonesian Embassy, the students learned that the advancement of technology also created new challenges for diplomatic work. Regarding the protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI), the usage of information technology can ease the process of communication and listing of the workers. “However, this also creates new problems such as work effectivity and cyber crime. Through this event, we hope that the students can see the reality of International Relations and help them choose a focus in the next semester, “Ratih added.