INDOPED Project is holding its 4th General Meeting on October 2-4, 2017 hosted by Syiah Kuala University at Hermes Hotel, Banda Aceh. This event is attended by all partners in the consortiums; from European universities: Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) - Finland, Business Academy Aarhus (BAA) - Denmark, Inholland University of Applied Sciences - Netherlands, University of Gdansk - Poland, University of Seville - Spain, from Indonesian Universities: Bina Nusantara University (Binus) - Jakarta, Indonesia, State Islamic University of Syarif Hidayatullah (UIN) - Jakarta, Indonesia, Yogyakarta State University (UNY) - Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Widya Mandala Catholic University (UKWM) - Surabaya, Indonesia, and Syiah Kuala University - Banda Aceh, Indonesia, and SEAMOLEC.
The event began by remarks from the coordinator of INDOPED Project in Syiah Kuala University, Prof. Samadi, and Head of INDOPED Project, Mr. Harri Lappalainen. In his remarks, Harri appreciated the great work of all Indonesian university team and asked them to share not only the success story in their implementation but also the challenges they face. European university partners will certainly be delighted to support them. The 4th INDOPED General Meeting was officially opened by the Rector of Syiah Kuala University, Prof. Samsul Rizal.
The first day of the meeting is used as sharing session of experiences from INDOPED Pedagogical Pilots in Indonesian universities. Each Indonesian university partner shared their implementation of learning methods in their universities. Some of them created videos that show testimony from their students about their experiences in using the methods in their learning. Syiah Kuala University even invited some of the students to make live testimony during the presentation. Binus University reflected that the students get deeper understanding of the topics and improve their presentation skills after implementing the methods. They received active suggestions and inputs from the partners.
The Director of Learning from Directorate General of Learning and Student Affair, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Dr. Paristiyanti Nurwardani also attended this event. She presented the condition of Indonesian higher education system and expressed the interest to have cooperation with INDOPED Project within next year for development of teacher education institutions and several polytechnics in Indonesia. She also showed appreciation for INDOPED project, because new innovation is always needed by Indonesia to improve the quality of its education, especially higher education. Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education will be supporting INDOPED International Conference for its result dissemination in March 2018 at UNY, Yogyakarta.
In the evening the whole INDOPED Project team was received by the Governor of Aceh for a welcome dinner. The Governor is pleased to welcome all delegates to Aceh province and suggested them to visit interesting tourist spots in Aceh. He also appreciated the project and wished that the cooperation will be fruitful for all partners, especially for the betterment of Indonesian education. All team were entertained by several cultural performances.
The whole second day of the meeting was dedicated for adjusting the dissemination plan of INDOPED Project. All partners made grand design and scheduled plans for different type of dissemination workshops, international seminar, webinar, and other publication materials. In the evening the team was also received in a dinner reception by the Mayor of Aceh. This event was also covered by local online media. Several links to the local media publications can be found through these links:
The third day, which is the last day of the Genereal Meeting, was held at Unsyiah to discuss about the management of the project and sustainability of INDOPED Project. It was also utilized for planning the next step of the project and needed changes to the internal procedures and plans based on the assessment report.
After half day meeting, all delegates got the opportunity to experience a city tour arranged by the committee and visit interesting places in Banda Aceh, such as Tsunami Museum and Baiturrahman Mosque.
The whole program of the 4th General Meeting of INDOPED Project in Banda Aceh was conducted successfully and fruitfully.