Penang, Malaysia—Earlier this month, 37 IPIEF students had made a field trip to several institutions including universities in Malaysia and Thailand. This academic trip had been undertaken between 3 and 8 April 2018, under the supervision of Director of International Program for Islamic Economics and Finance (IPIEF), Dimas Bagus Wiranatakusuma, Ph.D. Such a visit has been an annual agenda of IPIEF designed to help students gradually widen their intellectual horizons, besides it has been an attempt to achieve IPIEF vision, which is to be a reputable international program offering Islamic finance in ASEAN.
Alfath Shifa Ghifara, one of IPIEF students participating this visit, explained valuable experience and knowledge IPIEF students have obtained from this trip, saying: “For us, this is the first time to visit Consulate General of Republic on Indonesia in Penang, Malaysia as it is of our destinations in this country, besides to Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). We had taken part in round-table discussion with the representative of Consulate General and Indonesian workers living in Malaysia was the important topic we discussed in that forum. Based on the discussion, it can be argued that there has been a growing problem until today faced by Indonesian workers and more important problem is unpaid workers who have not been able for years to champion their rights to receiving money from their jobs as most of them have been working illegally without holding a government permit”.
In this occasion, IPIEF students also discussed about the opportunity for undergraduate student to undertake internship in Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Pinang. However, any cost and expense whish encompass living cost incurred during the internship is self-funded, meaning that is all our own responsibility.
After completing the visit to Consulate General, this group then went to the next destination which was School of Managemen, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). “We had an opportunity to be involved in discussion with the Dean of School of Management on the economic issues. In addition, the representative of USM also presented the detailed overview of USM and the requirements necessary to pursue education there”, explained Hafsah Fajar Jati, IPIEF student, when interviewed on (17/4).
The last destination of this academic visit before going back to Indonesia was to Prince Songkla University located in Thailand. [Aw]