Smart City, Village, and Region Discussion dan Internasional Forum SCVR Initiation at the Closing Ceremony Summer Course, Faculty of Geography, UGM
Closing Ceremony for Smart City, Village, and Region (SCVR) Summer Course 2021 was successfully held at July 23rd, 2021 by Department of Development Geography, Faculty of Geography, Universitas Gadjah Mada. This summer course was supported by Smart City, Village, and Region Study Group and Master Program of Regional Development, Faculty of Geography, Universitas Gadjah Mada. The summer course ran from July 6th to 23rd 2021. The Dean of Faculty of Geography, Dr. Andri Kurniawan, M.Si., mentioned that this summer course is special because it goes fully online due to the pandemic situation. Nevertheless, the Summer Course received positive responses as shown by the numbers of the participants.
Dr. Rini Rachmawati, Coordinator of Smart City, Village, and Region Summer Course explained that 76 participants from 13 countries managed to finish the course and came from Indonesia, France, Romania, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Germany, Bangladesh, Nepal, The Netherlands, and Finland. She also added that not merely concepts and theories, but the participant also attained implementations, and cases study from numerous countries. Furthermore, through field trip activity, participants were brought the implementation of Smart City in Yogyakarta city and the charms and beauty of its culture. Participants also successfully followed individual assignment and group assignment and regularly uploaded to Google Classroom and eLOK platforms. Lecturer’s materials also could be downloaded from those platforms
For the closing, committee organized Smart City, Village, and Region Discussion on several topics like Smart Governance & Smart Branding, Smart Mitigation for Disaster Risk Reduction/Climate Change/Pandemics, and Smart Coast – Resilient & Sustainable Coastal Urban Development . Smart Mitigation and Smart Coast was a novel topic at the occasion. It’s also new in the smart city discussion either nationally or globally, as Dr. Rini Rachmawati said. Participants presented their idea on those topics to the lecturer and evaluator. The discussion was not only attended by the participants and lecturers but also the non-participating students and public.
This summer course involved 25 lecturers from various universities across the globe such as Universitas Gadjah Mada; Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands; University of Helsinki, Finland; Université de Bourgogne, France; University of Bucharest, Romania; Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; Silpakorn University, Thailand; Vietnamese German University, Vietnam; National Economics University, Vietnam; National Institute of Education, Singapore; University of Malaya, Malaysia; Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia; University of Yangon, Myanmar; Banaras Hindu University, India, and also from Shippensburg University, USA dan The University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Rini Rachmawati mentioned that after this summer course, the collaboration would be continued by publishing book on Smart City, Village, and Region. This was also a great chance to establish International Forum of Smart City, Village, and Region (IFSCVR) with the lecturers and participants and those who are interested in collaboration on research, education, and community service regarding the Smart City, Village, and Region.
Press Release: Smart City, Village, and Region Summer Course 2021
To support Universitas Gadjah Mada in becoming World Class University, Development Geography Department, Faculty of Geography, UGM constantly thrives to internationally elevate teaching atmosphere quality whether for the lecturer or the student through Smart City, Village, and Region (SCVR) Summer Course. This Summer Course ran from July 6th to 23rd, 2021, and was supported by Smart City, Village, and Region Study Group, Development Geography Department, Faculty of Geography, Universitas of Gadjah Mada and Master of Regional Development, Magister of Geography, Faculty of Geography, UGM.
Dr. Rini Rachmawati, S.Si., M.T. as the SCVR Summer Course’s Coordinator asserted that this summer course aimed to enrich the knowledge, understanding, and skill of the participants at Smart City, Village, and Region. Therefore, the discussion was not limited to the Smart City but also imposing the importance of Smart Village development and strengthened the Smart Region.
Dr. Rini Rachmawati also explained that along with the Information and Communication Technology development, in recent years Smart City emerged as a crucial topic to be one of the solutions toward various problems caused by more modern and more advance urban’s dynamic and advancement. University, industry, government, and private sector are the primary enabler of the information technology applied in the Smart City. Smart City, Village, and Region became important because the issues on utilization of ICT in urban and regional development and planning were getting huge. To achieve balanced and sustainable development, ICT implementation to solve problems related to urban and regional development had to be addressed and well-understood.
Furthermore, Dr. Rini Rachmawati, S.Si., M.T. said that the enrollment in 2021 is the continuation of the previous SCVR Summer Course in 2017 and 2018. This year, SCVR received 86 participant’s applications from 13 different countries across the globe: Germany, France, Romania, Finland, Netherlands, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam. Also, 25 lecturers were participating which came from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia; the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands; University of Helsinki, Finland; Université de Bourgogne, France; and the University of Bucharest, Romania; Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; Silpakorn University, Thailand; Vietnamese German University, Vietnam; National Economics University, Vietnam; National Institute of Education, Singapore; University of Malaya, Malaysia; Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia; University of Yangon, Myanmar; Banaras Hindu University, India, and from the USA, Shippensburg University and Australia of The University of Melbourne.
UGM’s Director of Partnership, Alumni, and Global Initiative, Dr. Danang Sri Hadmoko, S.Si., M.Sc. highlighted that the pandemic condition impacted UGM’s Summer Courses program. Previously, the Summer Courses programs were done offline yet this time it had to be online. In 2021, UGM offered an interdisciplinary Summer Course with numerous topics with Smart City as one of the most updated topics. In addition, ICT caused many changes in daily life including in business, economy, education, etc. Online Summer Course was a good example to show how the ICT was applied as well as the technology-enhanced transportation. ICT also accelerated technological disruption, locally and globally.
Dr. Rini Rachmawati added Smart City, Village, and Region Summer Course 2021 was done by in-class study but not only theory and concept but also learned by cases from several countries. The participants would also exercise and present their idea on Smart City, Village, and Region related-theme like Smart Governance and Smart Branding. This course also brought new themes such as Smart Mitigation for Disaster Risk Reduction/Climate Change/Pandemics and Smart Coast-Resilient and Sustainable Coastal Urban Development. We hope that after finishing the course, all of the participants would be able to know how to implement Smart City, Village, and Region to support their own countries development and planning.
Community Service at Samberembe
On June 5th-6th, 2021, Smart City, Village, and Region Study Group conducted Community Service in Partner Village of Samberembe, Candibinangun, Pakem, Sleman Regency as part of Faculty of Geography Community Service. This activity consisted of a discussion of village potencies to be the content of video-making training for Virtual Tour and Smart Village Branding. The training was also complemented with drone training for making a video. Those subjects were delivered to support the preparation of a village profile video competition organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia. This program was attended by the village government, tourism group, Karang Taruna, small and micro business owners, and IT administrators.
Organizing Committee and Facilitators:
- Dr. Rini Rachmawati, S.Si., M.T.
- Antonius Vidiarta Mali
- Martina Ayu Sejati, S.Si.
- Vivy Nur Anifa
- Devy Aulia Sekartaji
- Andi Alfatih
- Aries Dwi Siswanto, S.S., M.Sc.