About 52 international students from 17 countries attended the orientation of new international students at Universitas Padjadjaran in the academic year 2017/2018. The participants are from students exchange, Developing Countries Partnerships awardees (KNB Scholarships) and Darmasiswa scholarship awardees. The orientation was held from Tuesday (19/9) until Wednesday (20/9) which the introduction of campus and immigration services, as well as Bandung city tour are part of the activity.
Director for Governance and Public Communication/Head of International Office of Unpad, Ade Kadarisman, S.Sos., M.T., M.Sc., delivered a welcome greeting and welcome the new Unpad international students. He also explained about Unpad’s work in various fields and cooperation that Unpad has done in developing network with various institutions.
“With Unpad’s tagline ‘From West Java for Indonesia to the World Through Sustainable Develompment’, it becomes our passion to always contribute to the world,” he said in Bale Rucita, Unpad Rectorate Building, Jatinangor, Tuesday (19/9).
On that occasion, Secretary for International Office, Ronny, dr., M.Kes., AIFO., Ph.D, also explained about the profile of Unpad and International Office services. He also hopes that international students who recently joined at Unpad can contribute and participate in various academic activities.
On the first day of orientation, the participants also got an exposure on academic regulation and student activities at Unpad. The presentation was conveyed by the Secretary of Directorate of Education and Student Affairs, Ahmad Baehaqi, S.Si., MT. Not only that, the participants were given an explanation about how to use Padjadjaran Authentication System (Paus) ID and Unpad Integrated Administration System (SIAT) for students.
Related to immigration, representative of Immigration Office Class I Bandung, James S.J. Sembel explained about the immigration policy on visas and residence permits for foreign students in Indonesia. He also explained the completeness of administrative, immigration processes and stages that the foreign students have to know.
At the end of the event, the participants were invited to the campus tour and visit the location of the Student Activity Unit at the Unpad campus, Jatinangor. The next day they also be invited to visit various locations in Bandung such as Museum of Asian-African Conference and Museum of Geology. To introduce Sundanese culture, they are also invited to attend Angklung music performances at Saung Angklung Udjo.
International students who follow this orientation are mostly from China (23 paticipants), South Korea (5 participants), Japan (3 participant), Germany (3 participants), Vietnam (2 participants), Thailand (2 participants). The others from the Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Tanzania, Benin, Uganda, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Poland, Belgium and Fiji.