International Student Exchange Program: Microbiology SITH –ITB & Kanazawa UniversityJuly 1, 2016 8:15 am
By : Dhira S.A.
My name is Dhira Saraswati Anggramukti, a fourth-grade student of Microbiology major at School of Life Science and Technology, Institut Teknologi Bandung (SITH-ITB). Presently, I am an exchange student of Kanazawa University Exchange Program for Science and Engineering (KUEST) program, starting from October 2014 until August 2015.
Kanazawa University’s KUEST is a one-year program that enables international students to learn the Japanese language, culture, and society while carrying out their chosen research in the fields of science and engineering. This program provides the students with opportunities to carry out their chosen research at a laboratory under the guidance of an academic advisor. By participating in this program, I receive monthly scholarship provided by Japan Student Service Organization (JASSO), while the tuition fee is waived by Kanazawa University. KUEST is one form of mutual agreements between ITB and Kanazawa University, besides short-term exchange program, double degree program, master program, etc. Every year, two or three ITB’s undergraduate students are chosen to join KUEST program while some Kanazawa University students are also exchanged to study at ITB. As for the 2014-2015 period, three ITB students were selected: me (Microbiology 2011), Luthfi Muawan (Biology 2011), and Devianti Jakub (Physical Engineering 2011).
At Kanazawa University, I belong to Analytical Chemistry Laboratory of College of Science and Engineering Faculty. In my laboratory, the research topic focuses on the long-range transport and composition analysis study of bioaerosol samples collected from dust events. My research topic is related to diversity and structure dynamics of airborne bacteria (bioaerosols) in the Gobi Desert area during Asian dust event. The methods used in my research are genomic DNA extraction, continued by Polymerase Chain Reaction, then Next Generation Sequencing’s Pyrosequencing. On the upcoming June, I would join the 2015 Asian Aerosol Conference and present the result of my current research there.
During my study in Kanazawa University, I take Japanese language and Japanese culture courses as parts of my program’s curriculum. After classes, I always go to my laboratory for continuing my experiments or doing class’ assignments. Aside of taking class and doing laboratory experiments, I also try expanding networks with the Japanese students, international students, and other acquintances here. Building mutual relationship among people from different countries is very important since students are expected to be the future global leaders, especially in this globalization era where distance is no longer boundary. The activities which support such aim include English seminars, teaching assistance, Japanese language and culture class, international students gathering, university’s club activities, and many more.
Microbiology major of SITH-ITB facilitates its students to improve, both academically and socially, through various activities, including students exchange program. Microbiological field is still on the progress of developing in Indonesia, therefore studying abroad at highly-developed and advanced country, such as Japan, gives me an opportunity to gain valuable experience by conducting research and building international networks. In the future, I believe Microbiology major of SITH–ITB could expand its cooperation as well as collaboration with many other universities in the world.