In 2016, UAD under Office of International affairs had successfully got grants from The Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education (HIBAH PKKUI). There are two activities those are granted by this funds, first is Workshop and the second is International Community Service Program (Hibah PKKUI).
International Community Service Program (KKNI) was conducted in at Dusun Kowen 2, Timbullharjo,Sewon Bantul Region, DIY on 7th to 16th November 2016.
Office of International Affairs of UAD invited the participants from four UAD partner universities in Malaysia, Thailand, and Philippines. Total number of participants were 14 students (11 foreign students and 3 Indonesian students as the buddies). Three of them are from University of Saint Antony (USANT) Philippines, those are Barbie Vargas Layaguin, Glesie V. Alvaro and Yedda Marie Ciron. Two students are from University of Nueva Caceres (UNC) Philippines, those are Karen B. De Alday and Jessica Mae B. Co. Two students are from Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) Thailand, those are Siwakorn Pusila and Sasit Vongrukun. Two students are from Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), those are Nurhanidahlia Binti Mohd Hamadi and Nur Syafiqa Binti Malik. Two students are from Ukraine, those are Tetiana Melnyk and Igor Dmytruk (students of UAD under Darmasiswa scholarship) and three Indonesian students (Alfad Nur Ikhsan, Anisa Puspariawan and Suci Febriyani).
The participants were divided in to three groups. There were at least four to five students in one group who stayed with local people to give them hand-on experience living in Indonesia. Besides, each group also conducted routine agendas like teaching in Special Needs School (SLB) Al Maarif Sewon and Kindergarten. Further, the participants were involved in the local youth activities like, learning the handcraft in local communities such as knitting, making tempe, making bamboo stools, visiting horse farms, fish and veal.
To get keen information about Indonesian they were given chances to visit several tourist destinations such as, Prambanan temple, Tembi, Malioboro, etc.
Ida Puspita, M. A. Res. (The Head of OIA) said, “UAD has quite long experiences in conducting International Community Engagement Program such as Community Engagement Program for Darmasiswa program for 3 weeks in Prambanan and Klaten, regular Community Engagement Program which involving foreign students of regular and joint degree 2 + 2 program, as well as International Community Engagement Program which involves students from foreign partner universities. International Community Engagement Program under PKKUI grants 2016 is expected to provide more information to participants especially to see Indonesia from a different side that they have never met in the media and tourism brochures. Further, they can get first-hand experience about how life in Indonesian rural communities as well as learn Indonesian culture directly from the local people. ”