A movie screening session was held by Global Engagement Office on Thursday, April 28th 2016 as a part of Cross Cultural Understanding Club’s activities. In room BA 301 Fisipol building, the CCUC participants watched a true story movie which was nominated as the best motion picture in 2014, Captain Phillips. The movie told us about a US-flagged ship, MV Maersk Alabama, which was hijacked by Somalian pirates who also kidnapped the captain and demanded ransom. The participants seemed to enjoy every single scene and got their emotions involved. Tom Hanks, the main actor, could play the role really well as Captain Phillips who was a smart, patience, responsible and wise leader.
During the movie, the participants were focused on the story and being so emotional. The movie gave us a new perspective about the world that people in Somalia are risking their life and threatening others to earn money. In the other hand, we can live our life peacefully in our own place with a good job and comfortable environment. As the movie finished, we agreed that economic gap does exist and may cause some conflicts. Poverty drives people to do bad things to continue their life, including pirating, stealing, and killing. State is the one who is responsible to guarantee the well-being and security of its people. Meanwhile in a stateless country like Somalia, there is no one can assure that. Therefore, people are very vulnerable and dare to do anything to survive.
An important agenda was held yesterday during Cross Cultural Understanding Club the 5th meeting. As one of CCUC’s main purposes is to introduce Indonesian cultures to the foreign students, so this meeting we learned playing Indonesian traditional music instruments called gamelan.
The Flinders University Short Course Program in Yogyakarta was organized by Global Engagement Office, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences UGM on 25 – 30 January 2016 and collaborated with Flinders University Australia. It was designed for Flinders University students to deepen their understanding about Indonesia as one of prominent countries for Australia. Global Engagement office prepared several exciting programs such as lectures on Indonesian politics, economy, social and culture, practicing Javanese traditional dance and gamelan, visitation to Tamansari and Ullen Sentalu museum, and also volunteering at Project Child Indonesia as one of Non-governmental Organizations in Yogyakarta. Hopefully, by learning from Indonesian professors, exploring Indonesian culture and heritage, and directly interacting with the local people, the participants would be more enthusiastic and eager to learn further about Indonesia. More importantly, this program could open larger opportunity for Australian and Indonesian students to exchange their knowledge and culture as well as became a stepping stone to increase people-to-people understanding between Indonesia and Australia.
Cross Cultural Understanding Club (CCUC) is one of the extracurricular programs initiated by Global Engagement Office (GEO) Fisipol UGM which aims to facilitate the cultural exchange activities among international and local students in Fisipol UGM. Cultural exchange is an important aspect for GEO because it is a part of faculty internationalization program as well as a form of hospitality for international students who study in Fisipol UGM. The program is held every semester with regular weekly meeting and different activity in each meeting. All activities in CCUC are designed not only to introduce Indonesian cultures to international students, but also to give opportunity for Indonesian students to learn other countries’ cultures and develop their English skill.