The National Movement of 1,000 Digital Startups has arrived in ten cities in Indonesia, namely Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Malang, Medan, Bali, Makassar, and Pontianak. The movement is a collaboration between government institutions, which are Ministry of Communication and Informatics Indonesia, educational and business institutions. The goal is none other than to realize Indonesia’s potential to become The Digital Energy of Asia in 2020, by establishing 1,000 digital startups, which are expected to be the solution to various problems in the country.
The Dimas Diajeng pageant is a routine event, held every 2 years to select the ambassadors of Sleman. The tagline for this event is “Berkarakter, Peduli, Berprestasi!” This event is open for every Indonesian citizen who wants to contribute for Sleman. Selection phases have been held since December 2017, with the main event, the crowning ceremony was held on May 11, 2018 in Ramayana Ballet Prambanan’s Open Air Theater.
The first selection phase started with the submission of documents and written tests (about 200 people sat down for this test). From this phase, 60 participants were selected to continue to the next phase, the interview and talent show. After that, 30 participants were selected (15 pairs, consisting of one boy (called the ‘Dimas’) and one girl (called the ‘Diajeng’). During these processes, all finalists were debriefed pre-quarrantine and also participated in a string of events, such as a Kartini themed Field Program in Jogja City Mall and visitations to tourist sites and villages.
It is no secret that UGM students have bright ideas. Participating in positive and meaningful activities can facilitate those wonderful ideas. One activity that students should definitely do to facilitate their thoughts is through scientific research. The Elementary Teacher Education Department (Pendidikan Guru Sekolah Dasar) of Universitas Sarjanawiyata Tamansiswa (UST) recently held a national scientific paper competition, known as LKTIN (Lomba Karya Tulis Ilmiah Nasional). The theme was “Membangkitkan Semangat Literasi, Membangun Generasi Unggul, Menuju Indonesia Emas 2045 (Reviving the Spirit of Literacy, Building a Prime Generation for a 2045 Golden Indonesia)”.
The student association in our faculty, known as Lembaga Mahasiswa (LM) has finished organizing and executing the celebrated event known as SPARTA, the annual Sports and Arts Fiesta. SPARTA is one of the biggest programs of the Department of Interests and Talents (Departemen Minat Bakat). According to Fahri (2016) the Head of that department for this period, said that SPARTA is not only an event for people interested in competing in sports and arts, but is also a way to embed a sense of closeness and bonding between the students regardless of their intake year, and also an opportunity that involves the academic staff as well to participate and have fun with students.
Konferensi Nasional Peneliti Muda (Young Researchers National Conference) is an annual program held by Universitas Muhammadiyah Prof. Hamka’s Faculty of Psychology in Jakarta. The third conference is held on April 6-7, 2018, in UHAMKA’s Kebayoran Baru Campus. The delegate from UGM is Ramadhan Dwi Marvianto, a psychology student from Year 2014. Ramadhan was awarded as Peneliti Muda Terbaik (Best Young Researcher) in the conference for his research topic that utilized local culture and also for his systematic, empirical, and coherent presentation of the research results.