January 16, 2018 BY: Scha

The Indonesia-South Korea Cultural Camp (I-Kamp) 2017 program organized by Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) in cooperation with Sun Moon University (South Korea), South Korea has officially ended. The event, which was held from December 20, 2017 to January 16, 2018, involves all participants to get to know more about the culture of Indonesia, Islam and Muhammadiyah. Participants who participated in this event consisted of 18 high school students and 18 UMY students. For approximately one month the participants are given academic and non-academic classes.

“Academic activities consist of learning languages ​​ranging from English to Indonesian. In addition, there is an understanding of Islam, Muhammadiyah and Indonesian Culture. Starting from planting rice, batik and other traditional culture. Participants are also invited to field trips at some cultural and nature tourism attractions. This is not to improve the relationship between Indonesia and South Korea especially in the field of education, “said Eko Priyo Purnomo, M.Sc., M.Res., Ph.D., as the Executive Director of Cooperation and International Affairs of UMY in his speech when Closing Ceremony I-Camp Monday (16/1).

In the meantime, Prof. Yoon Lee from SMU admitted that during the activity the students have worked hard and understood things. “I see high school students have a deeper understanding of religion, they also have started to use the Indonesian language. Therefore I thank you for preparing it for high school students, “he said.

Sunmoon University student Lee Jong Yong also revealed that he learned a lot about language, especially Indonesian language. “Cultural diversity in Indonesia is very diverse. This will be our story to friends in Korea there and surely hope this friendship is not interrupted until here alone, “he said.

On the other hand, Hilman Latief, S.Ag., M.A, Ph.D Vice Rector for Student Affairs, Alumni and AIK UMY said that the program is not just an improvement of relations between Indonesia and South Korea. “In addition to improving the relationship between Indonesia and South Korea, this activity is a real form of UMY encouragement for the international program,” he said.

In addition, added Hilman, during the last 4 years UMY also continues to encourage international programs. Starting from social activities, culture and other things. Not only in South Asia area but also as a whole. The international program is also expected to not only stop at one event but be held back as a form of sustainability. “Therefore, I hope this does not stop here. For the future I hope there are sustainability activities such as teacher mobility and join research, especially between UMY and SMU, “he added.