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UNC’S linkage with Universitas Ahmad Dhalan (UAD) of Yogyakarta, Indonesia made possible an academic exchange on October 25, 2013. UAD is situated in a historically and culturally-rich special region in central Java. It is ranked 1,651st in the world by Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, and 12th in Indonesia. With five campuses in Indonesia’s center of education, the university claims 16,000 college students this school year.
On October 24, 2013, seven UNC Graduate School delegates, headed by Dean Emelita O. Menes, Ph.D., brought the mobile RPLS to the host institution an international conference with the theme: “Collaborative Research Paper Lecture Series.”
Vice Rector, Prof. Drs. Sarbiran, M.Ed., Ph.D., Prof. Ida Puspita, Director of the International Affairs Office, Prof. Dr. Achmad Mursyidi, M.Sc., Apt., UAD Director of Postgraduate Program, Deans and Assistant Deans welcomed the delegation in high spirits and warmth through a traditional Indonesian lunch and an informal meeting and orientation. Media practitioners in Yogyakarta and members of the elite academic staff of UAD politely inquired what to expect in the collaborative project.
Day two at UAD was the crux of the visit. The conference started with the opening prayers and the singing of national anthems by the respective representatives, introduction of UNC delegates and declaration of intent by Dean Menes, and acknowledgment of delegates by Vice Rector Sarbiran.
Two presenters from the University of Nueva Caceres mesmerized the UAD academic community. Atty. Clarita B. Padilla, Ed.D., authors of RPLS, expertly presented her paper entitled “Graduate Studies and Promotions Status of Public Secondary School Teachers in the Second District of Camarines Sur, Philippines” and Prof. Mary Ann A. Papica, a DepEd Principal in Naga City, tackled an animated presentation of “You Can Do It Program: A Motivational Program in Preschool Education for Economically-Disadvantaged Children of Villa Grande Elementary School, Naga City.”
UAD’s counterpart was equally stimulating. Dr. Sumarno presented “Decentralization of Education in Indonesia” while Dr. Rusydi Umar of the Department of Informatics Engineering presented “Computing Evolution.” Two young lecturers from the Faculty of Public Health, Prof. Sunarti, SKM, M.Si and Dr. Nurol Qomariyah discussed “The Collaboration Between Energy, Protein, and Zinc Intake and the Nutritional Status of Preschool Children”, a case study in Aisiah Blimbing Sakokarjo Kindergarten.
Highlight of the afternoon session was a scholarly lecture on two topics – Micro Analysis (Test Checker and Item Analyzer with Statistics) and Statistics with Computer Application by Engr. Cesar Bermundo, Ph.D., interpreted intermittently in Bahasa Indonesia by UAD’s Prof. Ahmad M. Dipongen. Moderator for both morning and afternoon sessions was Prof. Rai Rake Setiawan of UAD while Prof. Estrella T. Arroyo of UNC, a seasoned Master of Ceremonies, steered the whole-day program with flair.
Entertainment was provided by two UNC professors, Dr. Alida A. Mores through her dance interpretation of “Sway” sung by Ryan D. Bastareche, who performed like a professional singer. Although not purely representative of Philippine culture, the performance showcased a “meeting of East and West.” To show gratitude for the overwhelming acceptance of UNC by UAD, the Graduate School delegates enthralled the audience by singing the self-learned Indonesian children’s song, “Burung Kakaktua.” A literal exchange of gifts and tokens sealed the academic collaboration.
Indeed, RPLS has reached its apotheosis!
Prof. Estrella Arroyo