Empowering Voices: Lingua Plaza – Fostering a Community of Diverse Linguistic Narratives

In a celebration of linguistic diversity and academic camaraderie, the Faculty of Education (FoE) at Sampoerna University recently hosted “Empowering Voices: Lingua Plaza,” a unique event that echoes the resonances of students’ English language journeys. This gathering serves as a vibrant platform where students, hailing from various faculties, converge to share their language-learning experiences, thoughts, and passions.

 

Held monthly or bimonthly, the Lingua Plaza event held on Friday, 3rd November 2023, from 15:30 to 17:00 at 19F.01, exemplified the vision of fostering a strong sense of community. Organized and led by FoE students, the Lingua Plaza is a testament to the university’s commitment to providing a holistic learning experience.

 

The primary goal of the Lingua Plaza is to allow students to articulate their thoughts and experiences in English, thereby gaining exposure to the language in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The event encourages participants to initiate discussions on topics of their choosing, creating an open and engaging space for language practice and cultural exchange.

 

A distinctive aspect of the Lingua Plaza is its inclusive nature, welcoming students not only from the Faculty of Education but also from other faculties. This deliberate inclusion aims to foster connections and friendships across disciplines, enriching the university experience beyond the classroom.

 

Quoted from a testimonial shared by Pak Eka, several students shared their impressions and takeaways from the Lingua Plaza program. Bahagia Dito Mangkuluhur, a member of the Cohort 2020, described the event as “fun, enriching, and engaging,” highlighting the unique approach of introducing uncommon topics that sparked enjoyable and stimulating conversations.

 

Queen Sahana Tazky Han, also from Cohort 2020, praised Lingua Plaza for providing an interactive and supportive learning environment. According to her, the sessions not only helped in practice English-speaking skills but also boosted her confidence. She expressed her appreciation for the interactive sharing sessions with friends and lecturers, expanding her horizon of knowledge. 

 

Anista Satria, a participant from Cohort 2021, emphasized that Lingua Plaza goes beyond academic discussions. In her perspective, the event serves as a platform to foster relationships between students and lecturers, creating a space for meaningful connections outside the academic realm.

 

Nathasya Olas, another participant from Cohort 2021, echoed a sentiment of camaraderie and unity. For her, Lingua Plaza is not merely an avenue for sharing experiences but a representation of unity and collaboration within the FOE community. The event, in her view, has evolved into a comforting space where students from various cohorts and lecturers bond over shared campus experiences.

 

In essence, Empowering Voices: Lingua Plaza stands as a testament to the commitment of Sampoerna University to provide a well-rounded educational experience. By offering students a platform to share their language-learning journeys and fostering cross-disciplinary connections, Lingua Plaza embodies the spirit of academic and cultural enrichment. As Lingua Plaza continues to resonate through the university, it reinforces the notion that linguistic diversity is not just a challenge to overcome but a celebration to be embraced.

Scholarship Program

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Pesatnya perkembangan teknologi informasi di dunia sangat berpengaruh terhadap sektor pendidikan di Indonesia. Dengan adanya informasi tanpa batas ini, generasi muda Indonesia memiliki kesempatan untuk mempelajari dan memahami skala pendidikan yang bisa mereka dapatkan. Pendidikan berskala internasioanl sangat menarik banyak perhatian generasi muda akhir-akhir ini, apalagi dengan banyaknya universitas-universitas di Indonesia yang menambahkan kelas internasional pada program mereka, serta semakin banyaknya universitas internasional yang didirikan yang sama-sama memungkinkan mahasiswanya untuk transfer ke universitas di luar negeri.

Sampoerna University merupakan salah satu universitas ternama di Jakarta yang menerapkan standar model pendidikan internasional dalam kurikulum, fakultas, fasilitas dan operasionalnya.  Mengaca kepada standar model pendidikan tinggi Amerika Serikat, Sampoerna University memberikan pengalaman belajar yang unik kepada mahasiswa. Kesempatan untuk mendapatkan kredit dan gelar akademik dari Amerika Serikat juga bisa didapatkan oleh mahasiswa sebagai manfaat dari kemitraan Sampoerna University dengan institusi-institusi pendidikan di Amerika Serikat, seperti University of Arizona dan Broward College.

Sampoerna University mengoperasikan program di bawah lisensi dan kredensial dari Kementerian Riset, Teknologi dan Pendidikan Tinggi Republik Indonesia. Dengan standar nasional dan internasional, Sampoerna University secara unik memenuhi syarat untuk memberikan kontribusi substantif kepada masyarakat melalui pendidikan.

KULIAH DI SAMPOERNA UNIVERSITY

Berlokasi di L’Avenue Building, Jl. Raya Pasar Minggu No. Kav. 16, Pancoran, Jakarta Selatan, Sampoerna University lebih dari sekedar kampus – Sampoerna University adalah komunitas belajar yang mempersiapkan siswa untuk sukses, baik secara akademik maupun profesi. Di sini, siswa tidak hanya akan belajar dan memperoleh keunggulan akademik saja, mereka akan ditantang untuk berpikir, berkinerja, dan berkembang ke tingkat yang lebih tinggi. Dengan program yang telah disusun secara komprehensif, siswa dijamin memiliki keterampilan dan kredensial yang lebih baik, yang akan membuka pintu bagi karir nasional atau internasional setelah mereka lulus.

Manfaat lain yang bisa didapat oleh para mahasiswa saat menempuh pendidikan di Sampoerna University adalah:

  1. Mendapatkan pendidikan berbasis STEAM

Sampoerna University hadir dengan pendekatan STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematic). Pendidikan berbasis STEAM ini merupakan sistem pendidikan tinggi yang telah diterapkan di Amerika Serikat. Sistem STEAM pada tingkat kuliah dianggap paling tepat untuk melatih kreativitas, kemampuan menganalisa masalah, keterampilan berpikir secara kreatif, , serta kemampuan memecahkan masalah.

  1. Mahasiswa dipersiapkan untuk masuk ke dunia kerja.

Sampoerna University berkomitmen untuk mengembangkan program perkuliahan yang sesuai dengan kebutuhan industri saat ini, dengan kemajuan dan perkembangan teknologinya.

  1. Penerapan Bahasa Inggris penuh, sehingga meningkatkan kemampuan bahasa mahasiswanya.

Sampoerna University merupakan satu-satunya kampus di Indonesia yang menerapkan Bahasa Inggris secara penuh dalam proses perkuliahan. Hal ini dilakukan untuk membiasakan mahasiswa agar rasa percaya diri mereka terbangun untuk meningkatkan kemampuan berbahasa Inggris mereka.

  1. Bisa memilih kuliah di Indonesia sekaligus Amerika Serikat.

Mahasiswa Sampoerna University berkesempatan untuk memilih kuliah hanya di Indonesia atau di Indonesia sekaligus di Amerika Serikat. Mahasiswa Sampoerna University dapat menjalani tahun pertama dan kedua perkuliahan di Sampoerna University, dimana mereka mempelajari hal mendasar seputar prodi yang diambil. Di tahun 3 dan 4, mahasiswa bisa memilih untuk melanjutkan di Sampoerna University atau transfer ke universitas di luar negeri. Sampoerna University sendiri bekerja sama dengan University of Arizona untuk program Two-Degree.

  1. Mendapatkan fasilitas perkuliahan terbaik

Sampoerna University tidak hanya memiliki kurikulum serta tenaga pengajar yang unggul, tapi juga fasilitas perkuliahan terbaik yang turut mendukung universitas internasional ini menjadi universitas swasta pilihan No.1 di Indonesia. Sampoerna University memiliki fasilitas laboratorium terbaik di Indonesia, yang merupakan hasil kerjasama dengan Louisiana State University, Amerika Serikat. Laboratorium ini terdapat di Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET). Sampoerna University juga memiliki laboratorium desain yang sangat canggih, yaitu 3D Visualization Lab and Motion Capture Studio. Dua fasilitas ini terutama sangat membantu kreatifitas mahasiswa program studi Creative Digital Design.

BIAYA KULIAH DI SAMPOERNA UNIVERSITY

Mendengar kata “universitas internasional,” akan terserat dipikiran kita biaya kuliah yang melambung tinggi. Sebenarnya, seberapa besar biaya kuliah di universitas internasional seperti Sampoerna University? Berbeda dengan kualitas terbaik yang diterima mahasiswa saat menempuh pendidikan di Sampoerna University, biaya kuliahnya sendiri sangat terjangkau jika dibandingkan dengan kuliah langsung di luar negeri.

Berikut ini rincian biaya kuliah di Sampoerna University untuk tahun akademik 2020/2021.

  TAHUN 1TAHUN 2Harga dalam Jutaan Rupiah
Program StudiBiaya PendaftaranSemester 1Semester 2Semester 3Semester 4Total Biaya

Sampoerna University General Education Program

General Education Transferable Credits* 

20

 

55

 

55

 

 

55

 

55

 

240

*Mahasiswa juga dapat menerima transkrip dari Broward College untuk mata kuliah yang telah diselesaikan

  TAHUN 3TAHUN 4Harga dalam Jutaan Rupiah
Program StudiGelar AkademikSemester 5Semester 6Semester 7Semester 8Total Biaya

FET (Faculty of Engineering and Technology)

Mechanical EngineeringSarjana Teknik

 

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering*

 

 

89

 

 

89

 

 

89

 

 

89

 

 

356

 

Industrial EngineeringSarjana Teknik

 

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering*

 

 

89

 

 

89

 

 

89

 

 

89

 

 

356

 

Visual Communication DesignSarjana Desain 

42.1875

 

42.1875

 

42.1875

 

42.1875

 

168.75

Computer Science/

Informatics

Sarjana Komputer 

42.1875

 

42.1875

 

42.1875

 

42.1875

 

168.75

Information SystemsSarjana Sistem Informasi 

42.1875

 

42.1875

 

42.1875

 

42.1875

 

168.75

FOB (Faculty of Business)

Management

Concentration in Entrepreneurship/ Banking & Finance/ Digital Marketing

Sarjana Manajemen

 

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration*

 

 

75

 

 

75

 

 

75

 

 

75

 

 

300

AccountingSarjana Akutansi40.540.540.540.5162

FOE (Faculty of Education)

English Language EducationSarjana Pendidikan20.25020.25020.25020.25081
Mathematics EducationSarjana Pendidikan20.25020.25020.25020.25081

*The University of Arizona

Catatan mengenai biaya kuliah di Sampoerna University:

  1. Biaya ini sudah termasuk harga jaket, buku dan biaya orientasi siswa.
  2. Biaya ini belum termasuk Program Summer Bridge (Rp 18 juta) dan Biaya Registrasi (Rp 500.000).
  3. Semua siswa mendaftar dan ikut serta di Program Pendidikan Umum di Tahun 1 dan Tahun 2.
  4. Sampoerna University bekerja sama dengan University of Arizona untuk menyelenggarakan program Two-Degree untuk jurusan Teknik Mesin, Teknik Industri, dan Manajemen.
  5. Mahasiswa yang ingin melanjutkan ke universitas A.S. atau universitas luar negeri lainnya dapat melakukannya setelah menyelesaikan minimal 1 semester penuh (15 sks) di Program Pendidikan Umum. Jumlah SKS yang dapat dialihkan dari Program Pendidikan Umum akan bergantung pada jumlah kredit yang diperoleh, nilai, pilihan program studi dan ketentuan atau persyaratan lain yang ditentukan oleh universitas yang dituju.
  6. Keberhasilan dalam menyelesaikan program tergantung pada kemampuan siswa untuk menyelesaikan mata kuliah yang diperlukan dan mendapatkan kredit yang diperlukan secara tepat waktu.
  7. Jika seorang siswa mengambil kurang dari 15 jam kredit per semester, uang sekolah akan dibebankan per kredit.
  8. Total Uang Kuliah hanya untuk tujuan ilustrasi.
  9. Daftar SPP ini berlaku sampai dengan 31 Juli 2020.
  10. SU menerima mahasiswa pindahan dari perguruan tinggi / universitas lain. Kredit yang dapat dialihkan akan bergantung pada syarat dan ketentuan yang ditetapkan oleh Sampoerna University.

Untuk info lebih lanjut kunjungi www.sampoernauniversity.ac.id

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Study in the USA: Which Scholarships to Apply?

Looking to study abroad but worried about the cost? Good news! There are hundreds of college scholarships to study abroad. Some are offered by government agencies, some by individual universities, and others by external funding organizations and charitable enterprises.

While many scholarships ARE very competitive, it turns out there are plenty of others that may be easier to win than you think. Your odds of getting money to study, volunteer, or intern abroad might be far higher than you expect: you just have to identify the opportunities, tell a compelling story, and actually hit “apply!”

One of the biggest mistakes you can make in setting up a financial plan for going overseas is not even applying for study abroad scholarships.

7 Scholarships Indonesian Students Can Apply

Searching through all the international scholarships out there can be a pretty mammoth task. But we’ve tried to make this easier by creating lists of scholarships Indonesian students can apply to study abroad in the United States.

  1. Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Humphrey Fellowship Program has received funding as a Fulbright exchange activity from the U.S. Congress since 1978 to honor the public service career of the late Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978). A long-time advocate of international cooperation and understanding, Humphrey served as Vice President of the United States from 1965 to 1969 and for many years as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota.

President Jimmy Carter announced the establishment of the Humphrey Program on a state visit to Venezuela in March 1978. It would be a program, Carter said, embodying the values shared by the United States and Venezuela — democracy, social justice, and a desire to assist the developing nations of the world. A year after Carter’s declaration, the first Humphrey Fellows arrived in the U.S. They were 27 mid-career professionals from 24 countries who would study at 11 U.S. universities and institutions.

Since 1978, more than 6,000 Fellows from 157 countries have participated in the program. More than 40 universities have hosted the Fellows for their year of study.

Source: https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/how-apply-humphrey-fellowship-program

 

  1. The Next Gen Scholarship Fund

The NextGen Scholarship Fund was created for international students and non-citizens who come to the United States with the hopes of obtaining higher education to create a better life for themselves and their families. It is a scholarship program for students in Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia. One annual award will be given to a qualified and outstanding high school senior or a current college student at a two-year or four-year college. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be an international student or non-citizen enrolled in a US school. Applications are judged on merit and financial need. One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded each Fall.

Source: http://www.perkconsulting.net/about/nextgen/

 

  1. Model UN – UNESCO Center of Peace (CFP)

Who doesn’t know UNESCO? UNESCO is a UN agency. UNESCO has an educational program specifically dedicated to the interests of all children in the world, because of this program, the UNESCO Center for Peace was formed. UNESCO CFP created an organization that runs in many universities in America, the organization is called the Model UN. Members of the Model UN will receive exclusive scholarships and certificates from UNESCO. There are several requirements so that you can be accepted in the Model UN, including having a minimum GPA of 3.3 or an average grade of 8, writing a 300 word essay with the theme “How does International Education Support Global Citizenship”, and having experience in an organization or community.

In the last 13 years, UNESCO Center for Peace has provided unique enrichment opportunities to tens of thousands of students from all around the world. This was done in partnership with volunteers and professionals donating their time, expertise, and other resources to help raise a new generation of peacemakers change agents.

Source: https://unescocenterforpeace.org/2020-virtual-imun-stem/

 

  1. Foreign Fullbright Student Program

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide. Approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is administered by binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassies. All Foreign Student Program applications are processed by these offices.

Source: https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org

 

  1. Abbey Road Summer Scholarship

Founded by Stanford alumni in 2000, Abbey Road’s summer study abroad programs continue to deliver excellence. Their mission is to provide quality academic summer programs that facilitate cross-cultural understanding, personal growth and academic enrichment. Abbey Road was created through a collaboration of the best young professionals and educators from top schools and esteemed institutions. In order to be considered for a Summer Fellowship or Scholarship, you must be a high school student aged 14-18 who demonstrates high academic and extracurricular performance in the field for which you are applying. A competitive overall G.P.A, strong grades in the subject related to the scholarship or program of interest and involvement in extracurricular and after-school cultural/leadership activities are all examples of high academic and extracurricular performance.

Source: https://www.goabbeyroad.com/summer-scholarships-fellowships/

 

  1. East-West Center Scholarship and Fellowship

East-West Center Scholarship is a non-government scholarship program aimed at students in the Asia-Pacific region, including Indonesia. This program was created since 1960 and has provided scholarships to more than 8 thousand students in Asia Pacific. This program focuses on the development of local communities and culture.

Source: https://www.eastwestcenter.org/scholarships-fellowships

 

  1. Rotary Peace Fellowship

Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the worlds to study at one of our peace centers. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. Since the program began in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,300 fellows who now work in more than 115 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments, NGOs, the military, education, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.

Source: https://my.rotary.org/en/peace-fellowship-application

Sampoerna University to Donate Face Shield Masks to Hospitals to Curb COVID-19

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According to Farid Triawan (Head of Mechanical Engineering Study Program), Sampoerna University initiated the undertaking considering the fact that the university houses 3D printing technology in its lab.

“To produce face shield masks, our university as an international university in Jakarta, owns 3D printing technology in the lab of Faculty of Engineering and Technology that has a lot of most cutting-edge features, among other things producing prototypes instantly with design flexibility,” he stated. Further, he also explained that the 3D printing technology has enabled them to produce and design face shield masks fast.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”center”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”5389,5390,5388″ layout=”3″ gallery_style=”1″ load_in_animation=”none”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]”Thanks to this technology, it’s possible to meet the high demand of protection masks as fast as possible,” Farid affirmed.

The lecturers of Design Communication Visual Study Program also joined the production team to help design a prototype that can be produced in a large amount.

As of April 17th, 2020 FET has distributed these masks to a number of hospitals in Jakarta and Bekasi. “We have sent 150 face shield masks to MMC Kuningan Hospital, 130 to Pondok Indah Hospital, and 82 to Awal Bros Hospital in East Bekasi,” he added.

“We thank Sampoerna University for donating these 150 face shield masks to our hospital to show its real support for medical workers here,” told dr. Sasha, one of the PR team members of MMC Kuningan Hospital.

This is in line with the mission of Sampoerna University to educate future leaders with moral characters, social responsibility, and skill mastery required to build a better Indonesia. The donation is also part of the realization of Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi, i.e. Dedication to Society. (*/)[/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”5401,5400″ layout=”3″ gallery_style=”1″ load_in_animation=”none”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Caecillia Maria Natasha: “Sampoerna University Helped Me Achieve My Dreams One by One”

Joining Sampoerna University in 2013, Caecillia Maria Natasha, or Tasha, made her dream come true after studying for 4 years at our Faculty of Education. How has she done it? How has studying at Sampoerna University helped her achieve what she has longed for? Read on to find out the answers.

 

What was your very first dream?”

Tasha: “My very first dream after graduating from high school was I want to be financially independent and make my parents proud. That dream was achieved when I was a university student. Sampoerna University helped me achieve my dreams one by one.”

 

“How did Sampoerna University help you?”

Tasha: “At Sampoerna University, I was named a recipient of a student award (2-year scholarship). In my junior year (5th semester), I had a chance to work as a part-time teacher at Sampoerna Academy. So by the 5th semester I had accomplished my dream to be financially independent.”

 

“How was your life at Sampoerna University like?”

Tasha: “My life at Sampoerna University was colorful. It was not only about teaching and learning but I also got many chances to lead some student organizations. I also joined some competitions, represented Sampoerna University at some international conferences, and many more activities supported by the university. I grew a lot during my 4 years in Sampoerna University.”

 

“So what was your next dream?”

Tasha: “I graduated from Sampoerna University in 2017, bringing home “Best Graduate” title. By this point, I had accomplished my second dream: to make my parents happy and proud. I could see it on their faces on the graduation day.”

 

“Congratulations on your achievement! So what are now up to?”

Tasha: “As I told you before, I started to teach as a part-timer in 2015 at Sampoerna Academy and right after I graduated, they hired me as a full-time teacher to teach their Kindergarten students. I worked for Sampoerna Academy for almost 3 years. In 2019, I was hired by Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) and I am now working there.”

 

“In retrospect, what could help you land a teaching job at an international school?”

Tasha: “At Sampoerna University, I learned a lot of teaching methods, educational psychology, linguistics and many more things that I can implement in my professional work nowadays. Besides that, I also had a lot of opportunities to participate in School Experience Programs organized by Faculty of Education. This program equipped me with real classroom experience that allows me to adapt quickly with various school situations. Also, I had to observe and also teach some lessons since I was a freshman. I can tell that the university has prepared me very well.”

 

“Aside from your teaching schedules, what are you now busied with?”

Tasha: “I am also now actively involved in some social organizations. I co-founded an organization named “The Light Indonesia” who is concerned with spreading generosity to beat poverty. We held some workshops and also community service to attract young people to do some generosity and taught them that being generous can be fun and impactful.

 

Another organization that I am working with is “Thalassemia Movement”. We – my friends and I – work to spread campaign #StopThalassemia in the future, we also facilitates a number of thalassemia patients to learn knowledge and skills that they can use in order to survive in life.”

 

“You are doing such a great job and now you give back to the society, too. What do you do in your spare time?”

Tasha: “My hobbies are doing social projects with my organizations and also performing as part of a theatre club named D’ArtBeat. I performed with them twice: in 2017 at Ciputra Artpreneur Jakarta and in 2018 at Taman Budaya Yogyakarta. Also, I’m still joining some international conferences, both as a participant and also as a speaker.”

 

Do you have anything to achieve in mind in the near future?”

Tasha: “I have some goals for the future. I plan to take a Master’s degree in Linguistics / Education Leadership. By the next 5 years, I will establish a school that builds its students’ characters and their sense of social belonging.

 

“Such a noble endeavour. We wish you luck. Are there any tips for Sampoerna University students?”

Tasha: “My advice is simple. Keep doing your best, set your goals and achieve them one at a time. Good things take time. You must be willing to work harder now to achieve a better future. There is no shortcut.” (*/)

During the Pandemic, Sampoerna University Students Turn to Online Learning

In response to the recent COVID-19 outbreak and the government’s declaration to close all schools and campuses in Jakarta, Sampoerna University has taken several steps to ensure that its students and employees are protected and safe. One of these steps is by suspending face-to-face classes as of 16 March 2020 and switching to online, distant learning to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Marshall Schott, Ph.D. (President of Sampoerna University) stated, “Our university has applied an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of its students and employees. Effective 18 March 2020, instruction will resume through distance learning.”

He further explained that all students are expected to continue learning using Canvas platform. In the meantime, access to remote services, including library resources, will not be impacted during this period.

To overcome challenges that may arise when shifting instructional modes during the middle of the academic term, Sampoerna University has also prepared the required guidance and resources. This is how our students can still learn during the closure of the campus.

For our students who are now taking Two-Degree Program, distant learning like this is familiar. They can still study with the U.S. Curriculum without leaving their family members and best friends in Jakarta. The best thing is they can still graduate with 2 degrees at the same time: a U.S. accredited bachelor’s degree from University of Arizona and a Strata 1 (Sarjana) degree from Sampoerna University, allowing them to grab both national and international career opportunities. Two-Degree Program is uniquely designed for students who want to save education expenses while getting the same international education in their homeland. It also enables them to avoid long-distance international trips that are very risky amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

But for those who still want to stick to their plans to study abroad, they can also earn internationally acknowledged college credits which are transferable to a U.S. university once the pandemic is over and they decide to finish their education overseas.

Make up your mind now to graduate safely on time. Don’t waste your precious years!

For further information, please contact us now via 0821 62 800 800 or email us at info@sampoernauniversity.ac.id. (*/)

 

“It’s Okay to Feel Scared but Don’t Let It Hinder You!”

While studying at SMA Al Azhar BSD, Syifa Tsamara was interested in social studies, which include languages. “I decided to major in English Language Teaching at Sampoerna University due to my passion in both the English Language and in Education,” she said.

As she learned the news that she got accepted, she was anxious yet excited to experience a different university life from the rest of my graduating class. Most of them were going to big, public universities majoring in various fields. “While I was going to a relatively new, private university in the middle of Jakarta, majoring in something that people often question. But my English teachers encouraged me to enter Sampoerna University,” said the bright student who could have gone to Universitas Indonesia (French Literature major) but decided to go to Sampoerna University instead.

As she was studying at Sampoerna University, Syifa also had some professional experience up in her sleeves. She had been tutoring since her sophomore year and made use of her linguistic prowess to serve as an interpreter at numerous campus events. Aside from that, she was teaching as an intern at Sampoerna Academy Jakarta, Sampoerna Academy Boarding School, and Sekolah Kembang during four of her SEP periods respectively. Syifa’s best experience might be the fact that she served as President of BEM Faculty of Education from 2016 to 2018.

Previously working as an education intern at Titik Pintar, a startup company that focused on creating an educational app for elementary students, Syifa is currently working at Pusat Studi Pendidikan dan Kebijakan (PSPK) while working as an English tutor. “I’m working as a full-time junior researcher at PSPK, so I usually help with literature review for all projects. I also help with searching (and sometimes processing) the required data.”

Syifa is very fond of reading and writing, so in her free time she writes as much as she could. “I don’t read much these days just because I’m afraid to lose track of time,” confessed the bookworm. Therefore, when Syifa wants and needs to de-stress, she turns to games.

Syifa thinks that every experience she had at Sampoerna University is applicable to her life after graduation. “From communication and English classes, I had learned to be more confident in speaking up and speaking in front of many people, where all the attention is on me,” said the introverted youth. She also mentioned that Psychology and Social Emotional Learning are useful in the professional setting she is now living in.

Her extracurricular activities at Student Executive Organization of the Faculty of Education also taught her how to solve problems and interact with people with different personalities and characteristics. She is grateful for this because this had helped her a lot in adapting to new work environments.

Next, Syifa plans to pursue a master’s degree in Australia and continues to contribute to the education in Indonesia. She added, “I wish to help build a better place for Indonesian students to learn, acquire knowledge and be able to implement said knowledge in life to help them build a better life for themselves.”

Syifa has a recipe for success. “If something interests you, be curious and find out more about it; I’m talking about skills, clubs, organizations, camp, and such. If you’re scared, that’s okay, but don’t let that fear hinder you from possibly achieving new skills or knowledge, and even friends.”

For introverted people like herself, Syifa advised that you push yourselves to interact with other people. “Your network can really help you in getting a job, so encourage yourself to interact with other people, including your lecturers. It never hurts to be friendly and you never know, it can help you someday,” she wisely stated. (*/)

Activate Student Curiosity through Interactive Strategies

Curiosity plays a key role in learning. It is a hidden force that drives learning, critical thinking, and reasoning. “Curiosity is central to students’ joy of exploration,” said Kay Alcorn, M.A. who was speaking as a keynote speaker at the recent English Language Program titled “Activating Student Curiosity through Interactive Strategies at Sampoerna University on February 29th, 2020.

Kay covered some crucial issues at the event. She spoke lengthily about what curiosity really means, the connection between curiosity and the brain development. Curiosity manifests in exploring our environment, devouring books and information, manipulating data, searching for meaning, connecting with people and nature, and seeking new learning experiences, Kay said. “It’s all about the brain wanting to make order out of something that does not currently make sense,” she emphasized.

We should kindle curiosity in us especially in students as “curious brains are better at learning”, said Kay. It can even help brains learn incidental and boring things.

Kay shared some of strategies that she considered effective to be applied in classroom settings in order to activate curiosity. “This can be done by incorporating elements of mystery, surprise, and ambiguity,” added she. This is what happens when students see a puzzle. They feel intrigued to figure it out.

Another strategy that is worth applying is find or create the hook in every topic while learning in class. She advised that teachers find ways to make any topics more compelling for students. “You can find an honest yet engaging way to create interest in students’ mind,” she explained.

Kay Alcorn holds a M.A. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) degree from School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont, United States of America. She has an extensive experience of teaching in a number of countries around the world, from South Korea to Japan. She is now serving as an English Language Fellow at Sampoerna University in Jakarta, Indonesia. (*/)

Why Identifying Your Children’s Passion Is Key to Their Success

These recent years have seen a dramatic change in job markets. We have many new occupations arising as new technologies emerge, shift and evolve. This is why jobs like app developers, cloud computing services experts, social media managers, and so forth were non-existent a decade ago but are more and more prevalent around us.

“This is why we have to prepare our children for jobs that don’t yet exist,” said  Caesilia I.W., S. Psi., M. Psi., Sampoerna University’s Student Counselor, who was sharing her thoughts with the participants of “Identifying Children’s Passion” (Mengenali Passion Anak) sharing session which is part of Educators Sharing Network (ESN) regular events.

According to the psychologist, the skills that are most required in 2020 are somehow different from ones in 2015. Most notably, creativity is now being one of the most sought after skills in the world’s job markets. People with emotional intelligence and cognitive flexibility skills are also sought by most employers, stated Caesilia who cited the data of Future of Jobs Report gathered by World Economic Forum.

“This explains why our children need to know themselves better,” said Caesilia to the audience consisting of teachers in Jakarta and the adjacent areas. When a child or teenager knows their strength and weakness better, they can actualize themselves better in the real life and maximize their potentials. When this is achieved, their existence as a whole individual is realized, enabling them to contribute more to the betterment of the society and civilization.

Caesilia described six (6) main  types of personality, i.e. Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprise, and Conventional. People who tend to be realistic are more apt to become executors and doers. Those who are inclined to be investigative are called thinkers. They like thinking and analyzing and solving problems.

“The artistic people tend to love creative activities so they are fond of creating things such as artworks. Another type is Social People who are keen to help and are skillful with handling people. And there is Enterprising type. These are people with natural talents in leadership, business management, and politics. The last one is Conventional type, who are typically people who like regularity and rules,” explained Caesilia.

As an experienced professional psychologist, Caesilia I.W., S. Psi., M. Psi.  previously worked as a teenager counselor and is currently working as a lecturer and student counselor at Sampoerna University. She has a wealth of experience in the field such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction from Regents College, London, the United Kingdom and Whole Brain Learning training. (*/)

Luwu Utara Regency Will Send Its Brightest Youths to SU

On February 10th, 2020, Putera Sampoerna Foundation (PSF) officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in relation to an education partnership with the Regency of Luwu Utara, South Sulawesi. As part of PSF’s commitment to improving Indonesia’s education quality, the foundation through the partnership will provide financial assistance for smart youths of Luwu Utara to study at Sampoerna University.

The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding was conducted at Sampoerna University (L’Avenue Office Tower) and joined by Indra Yudha Pratama Kusumah (Head of Corporate Affairs and Partner Relations, Putera Sampoerna Foundation), Dr. Wahdi Salasi April Yudhi, M. Dev Admin, Ph.D. (Rektor Sampoerna University), dan Indah Putri Indriani, S.IP., MSI (Bupati Luwu Utara).

PSF believes that the improvement of education quality can be reached by many ways, and one of which is improving tertiary education through Sampoerna University. This is made possible thanks to the official collaboration between SU and University of Arizona (one of the best public universities in the United States according to U.S. News & World Report). Indonesian youths can now study under U.S. education system and curriculum for 4 years without ever leaving Jakarta and graduate with two degrees at the same time: a local degree from SU which is nationally recognized by DIKTI (Pendidikan Tinggi) and a U.S. bachelor’s degree which is internationally acknowledged from University of Arizona, U.S.A.

During her brief visit to Sampoerna University, the Regent of Luwu Utara also advised that all students acquired all the knowledge available but at the same time also stay faithful to the national identity as Indonesians. “We are also going to send our brightest youths to study here with us at Sampoerna University,” stated regent Indah Putri Indriani.

Dr. Wahdi Salasi April Yudhi spoke,” We also extend our gratitude to the Regent of Luwu Utara for the support and contribution to improve the education quality in Indonesia, especially one in Luwu Utara.”

He added that SU through PSF and School Development Outreach (SDO) also found a demand to improve the quality of education in Luwu Utara. This is shown by the Net Participation Number and the Gross Participation Number of various educational levels in the regency, from elementary school, high school to higher education, based on the data of Statistics Bureau in 2017.

In addition to enhancing youth quality, PSF and Luwu Utara Regency will promote the quality of local educators through School Development Outreach (SDO) that initiates Teachers Learning Center (TLC) – an independent, systematic, structured, and sustainable learning institution for teachers overseen by the local government.

At TLC, all these teachers can help expand opportunities for teachers to gain access of professional development at a more affordable cost and give more positive impact on students, which eventually create quality human resource. All this is in line with the vision and mission of Luwu Utara Regency which prioritizes quality development and high-quality education. “At last Luwu Utara can make progress, equal to other regencies in Indonesia,” affirmed the regent. (*/).

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