The partnership between Chiba University and Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) has long been strengthened to the series of collaboration. On 22 February 2017, Chiba University has brought their delegation visiting Universitas Gadjah Mada to organize their Twincle Program. UGM, represented by Director of Partnership and Head of International Office, Dr. Dyah Rahmawati Hizbaron, S.Si., M.T., M.Sc. and some faculties’s members, attended the event annually of the program between UGM and Chiba University particularly opening ceremony of Twincle program.
In general, Twincle program supports bachelor and graduated students to acquire international abilities through activities in Japan and ASEAN. Currently there has been some implementation of Twincle Program at Faculty of Geography UGM which is basically the teaching experiments done by Chiba’s student at senior high school in Indonesia. During this experiment, Chiba’s student is accompanied by UGM student whom have visited Chiba for preparing the methodology of education. Dr. Dyah Rahmawati Hizbaron, S.Si., M.T., M.Sc. proposed more UGM’s students to be further involved in this program by joining exchange program to Japan to get broaden knowledge and experiences. Besides that, to plan for hundreds of years into the future, it is best to bring up talented people.
After being visited by UGM’s students in October 2016 for TWINCLE program, Chiba University’s students then come to Yogyakarta, Indonesia. They stay for two weeks in Yogyakarta. Two groups (H and I) consist of ten students stay from 20 February until 3 March 2017. Students of Chiba University whose majors are education and other subjects respectively visit senior high schools in Yogyakarta. Two senior high schools are visited in this year, SMA N 3 and SMA N 6 Yogyakarta city. They provide Indonesian students with knowledge and experiments regarding cutting-edge science-technology and Japanese culture, it was based on their research. Unit H talking about mechanism and science explanation behind soap making and how to create a soap from flower lipid. Another group, unit I presents solar cells making from coffee (dye sensitized solar cells) and to make students understand the mechanism of solar cells and also inspire student to use sustainable energy. In the final presentation, students from SMA N 3 Yogyakarta city also presented their school projects, i.e. mosquito propagate invention (Fig 1).
Fig 1. Presentation
It was not easy at first because it was their first time to teach foreign student in English, but at the end all of senior high school students are so excited. This program not only enriches their knowledge but also broaden their perspective. At the weekend, Chiba University students also got an opportunity to travel around Yogyakarta City. Accompanied by Universitas Gadjah Mada students, they visit some famous tourist attractions, museum, world heritage sites, and also natural sites such as Museum of Ullen Sentalu, Malioboro, Prambanan and Borobudur temple, Sikunir Peak Dieng Central Java, and also Kalibiru. Furthermore, the students also had an opportunity to do some batik craft making in Batik Winotosastro (Fig 2).
Fig 2. Batik Craft in Winotosastro