With its vision of becoming a World Class University, Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) never stops making new innovations in its international programs. In early 2018, through International Affairs Office (IAO) of UMP in cooperation with the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (FTTE), UMP collaborated with an organization known as SEAMEO. The cooperation is in the form of Teaching Practice Program for students in ASEAN countries especially Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines.
In this year, UMP hosted 3 students from the Philippines and Thailand. The program was implemented in January - February 2018. The students were doing observation in the classroom and teaching practice as well as an evaluation at the end of the program.
According to Emmanuel, a participating student Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT), Philippines, “this program is really great. It gives me a chance to have an international experience with the new community. The people here are also nice so I can adapt myself easily. The education system here might be different from us in Philippines, but so far I can handle it. The teachers are really helpful.” In this program, UMP chose several partner schools for the student teacher to do their teaching practice.
According to Luthfi Istikharoh, M.Pd., the head of International Program of FTTE, the faculty has a good partnership with schools in Banyumas regency and other cities around. This year, the schools assigned to receive student teacher from SEAMEO were SMP Muhammadiyah 1 Purwokerto and SMP Muhammadiyah 3 Purwokerto. In addition, UMP also sent 5 students from Department of English Education and 3 students from Primary Education to Philippines and Thailand.
“It is a must-have experience for students. Many unpredictable happenings appeared during the program. It is not only about how good we are teaching but also how to survive in a country where you haven’t stepped your feet on. Everything looks so different but worth to do,” said Dinar, one of participants from UMP.
“It’s very good program for the students to improve their teaching skill and experience as well as to open their mind about global education in a country where they do teaching practice. Beside learning in different context and situation, the students are also demanded to be able to survive in the environment and social life”, said Santhy Hawanti, Ph.D., Director of International Affairs Office. (shof-kui)