IO, Purwokerto – Three students of Jenderal Soedirman University (Unsoed), Purwokerto, Central Java, namely, Vonia Febriana Hidayah and Laras Anggita Jati (Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences-MIPA) and Saroh Nur Khajizah (Study Program in Food Science and Technology), had the opportunity to join Sakura Science Exchange Program, held January 10-17, 2020 in Japan. This activity is an ongoing program that has been carried out by Unsoed for the third time.
Vonia, Laras, and Saroh said that they were very happy to be selected for this program. “I want to take part in student exchanges from the beginning, and Japan is one of the dream countries. I want to see and feel first-hand education there,” said Vonia Febriana Hidayah.
The program was short enough not to affect her study period at Unsoed. When registering, she was unaware of the program requirements and fees. “After registering, we were informed that the program was fully-funded. I am very grateful to be selected and to participate in this program,” she said.
Saroh expressed a similar statement. “I am grateful to be able to take part in this program, because I can see first-hand technological progress in Japan even though the university I visited is not located in the center of a city or a big city,” she said.
While at the University of Fukui, Saroh learned many new things that she had not known during college days. She was also introduced to master’s and doctoral programs in Japan. This information must be useful not only for her but also for her friends who might be interested in continuing their studies there. During the program, she also had the opportunity to make new acquaintances: students from the University of Fukui, Danang University of Technology, and Tiangong University.
Meanwhile, Laras said, besides the documents needed to make a visa, other preparations were also important. “It happens that in January Japan is enjoying winter. Preparations made are to maintain health so that we can stay fit even though the air is very cold: the temperature is only 2-10° Celsius,” she said. (*/est)