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UNAIR FISIP collaborates with Prince of Songkla University academics for election

UNAIR NEWS – The Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP) at Universitas Airlangga welcomed academics from Prince of Songkla University (PSU) in the Adi Sukadana room on Tuesday, Feb 13, 2024. They discussed the upcoming general election process in Indonesia through the Election Watch program. Faculty members and active students from PSU visited Indonesia to observe the political dynamics directly. The Election Watch event organized by FISIP serves as a crucial platform for PSU academics to gain in-depth insights into Indonesia’s electoral system and politics. 

Assistant Professor Dr. Anwar Koma, a lecturer from PSU, stated that before coming to Indonesia, he conducted research through articles, YouTube videos, and emails about the Election Watch program. “Before coming, I read emails and listened to analyses of elections in Indonesia briefly through online media,” he said. The Election Watch event provides an opportunity for faculty members to directly observe the electoral process that takes place every five years in Indonesia.

During their visit, Prof. Anwar explained the direct involvement between lecturers and students who are engaged in fieldwork through study groups. This process is implemented to facilitate discussions between PSU students and faculty members in observing the elections. This activity serves as a reciprocal exchange from the study program’s visit to observe elections in Thailand in 2023. 

“The lecturers decided to implement study groups where members consist of lecturer and students before coming here. This was chosen to facilitate our discussions,” he explained.

The visit of PSU faculty members and students aims to gain a deeper understanding of the general election system in Indonesia. Through their visit, lecturers want to directly observe the students’ knowledge from field practices in Indonesia. Supervising lecturers want to see to what extent the students’ knowledge can be applied in field practices. Additionally, through the Election Watch organized by FISIP, students are expected to gain new insights, especially in the context of general elections, and understanding new theories that are directly applied on-site.

UNAIR FISIP, especially the Political Science Study Program, has successfully provided space for international academics to understand Indonesian politics. International academics are impressed by the hospitality and English proficiency of the students.

Author: FISIP UNAIR

Editor: Khefti Al Mawalia