The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) State University of Malang (UM) has proved its commitment to increasing cooperation with foreign universities. Six delegates from the Department of Biology, FMIPA have participated in the Research Internship program at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan. The six delegates consisted of one academic staff, Wira Eka Putra, S.Si., M.Med.Sc. and five students; three master students of biology (Rizqa Radhiyah, S.Pd., Eka Pratama Putri, S.Si., and Putri Diyah Anggraini, S.Si., ed.) and two undergraduate students (Sa'diyatul Rizqie Amaliyah Firdaus and Mochammad Sholeh, red.). In the activity which lasted for about three weeks (7-26 / 01), the delegates attended various trainings and intensive laboratory work capacity building, as well as several public lectures.
"We were also doing trial tools there," said Moch. Sholeh, one of the delegates. Laboratory skills training starts from very basic levels such as laboratory management to very advanced experiments such as western blotting, flowcitometry, and the use of oroboros. After that, students are invited to discuss by each supervisor to measure their understanding. Sholeh explained, there the delegates were classified based on research conducted in Malang. "We are classified into three professors with different fields," he explained. This internship research activity at the NTHU College of Life Science is the first activity to forge closer cooperation with NTHU, both in research collaboration opportunities, further studies, and publications.
Since three months before departure, students have been given various supplies related to the activities to be carried out as well as practicing language skills. Previously, the selection process was held through interviews. Hendra Susanto, S.Pd, M.Kes., Ph.D, the internship activity supervisor, stated that with this program the cooperation between UM and NTHU could be even closer. The lecturer who has two sons also hopes that there will be a collaboration between the student exchange program, staff exchange, and dual degree S-2 FMIPA UM with the NTHU College of Life Science. More than that, the lecturer who also serves as UM's Deputy Rector III Staff aspires that FMIPA UM can collaborate with professors at NTHU to become online teachers through tutors. From this activity, Hendra also hopes that the students who are part of the delegation can share their experiences and spark the enthusiasm for learning from their friends.
As one of the delegates, Sholeh admitted that he was very happy and fortunate to be able to experience an internship in a tertiary institution which was ranked 25th in the world level. According to him, NTHU is actually a leading university which is very closed to open cooperation with other universities. UM is one of the universities that is lucky to get this golden opportunity. Sholeh hopes that the cooperation program between UM and NTHU will continue to improve. "Hopefully someone will continue their education here, either master or Ph.D," he hoped. This 2017 student also hopes to continue his Masters at NTHU. At the end of the research internship program, representatives of the NTHU College of Life Science, Professor I-Ching and Professor Chang have indeed said that NTHU is very supportive of collaborative activities between UM and its campus, especially in the field of research. The director who handles international students, Professor YJ Sun also directly invites students who have taken internships to continue their studies at NTHU later. Diah