Lecture: Multicultural Challenges in Indonesian Higher Education

Multicultural Challenges in Indonesian Higher Education


This public lecture will discuss Multicultural Challenges in Indonesian Higher Education with the case of the migration of Eastern Indonesian university students who come to Java for higher education. Often from rural regions such as Flores, Sumba, and Timor in Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT), and the Kei Islands in Southeast Maluku, these young adults delay joining fisheries, agriculture, or tourism sectors. Instead these relatively high-performing students travel to the “center of the country” seeking skills and experiences promised by higher education in Javanese urban centers. Students from these economically and culturally distinct regions of Indonesia seek knowledge, economic opportunity, and an enriching experience in a new environment. Importantly, they also report wanting to use the education they receive in Java to benefit their families and communities, both specifically and generally. The journey of educational migration to and from Java takes years and substantial investment, and it is not without risk, despite high hopes for personal and community benefits. Their number has increased dramatically in recent decades, with important implications for a culturally—but also economically--diverse Indonesian society.


Dr. H. Mudofir, M.Pd. (Rector of IAIN Surakarta) and Chris Foertsch (Fulbright Researcher, USA)


AIFIS in cooperation with Dinika—Acedemic Journal of Islamic Studies—of IAIN Surakarta will conduct this event on:

Date: Tuesday, 3 October 2017                                                                                                       Time: 08.30 – 11.00 WIB                                                                                                               Venue: Graha IAIN Surakarta                                                                                                               Jl. Pandawa, Pucangan, Kartasura, Jawa Tengah

For more information contact Faishol Adib faishol.adib@aifis.org, or click here.


Workshop: Introduction on Ethnographic Research

Introduction on Ethnographic Research


The use of qualitative methods and ethnographic methods is intended to complement the quantitative and technical methodology frequently used in other fields, giving voice to the human experience at the center of a given topic (Patton 2002, Bernard 2011, Creswell 2014). Qualitative, anthropological research complements other, more technical and economic approaches. Tools available to the ethnographer include formal and semiformal interviews, participant-observation, photography, among others. Collected data can be analyzed in a number of ways, including through transcription and coding for emergent themes. Through the use of ethnographic methods, a complicated portrait emerges of a particular group and its individuals, capturing essential aspects that can be missed in other approaches. The presenter’s ethnographic experience includes long term participant-observation of Indonesian university students and alumni in the islands of Java, Maluku, and Nusa Tenggara, as well a collaborative project in the US with dental patients and their parents.


Chris Foertsch:  Chris is presently in Indonesia on a yearlong Fulbright Research Fellowship from the US State Department, conducting fieldwork about Eastern Indonesian university students who migrate to Java for higher education. He earned an MA in Anthropology from Oregon State University, USA in 2016 and begins a PhD program at the University of Victoria, Canada in 2018.


AIFIS in cooperation with the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta will conduct this event on:

Date: Tuesday, 3 October 2017                                                                                                       Time: 13.30 – 15.00 WIB                                                                                                               Venue: Seminar Room, Faculty of Social and Politial Sciences                                               Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta                                                                                       Jl. Ir. Sutami No. 36 A Surakarta, Jawa Tengah

For more information contact Faishol Adib at faishol.adib@aifis.org, click here.

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Seminar, 5 September 2017

The Role of Big Data in Supporting Digital Literacy

Today, we cannot be separated from the internet and digital technology including libraries. So, nowadays many users of the library or community are digital native. They use technological advances in information search activity. They prefer to use smartphones and social media to find and publish the information they have. Information technology change the habit of a person's ability in process and understand information while doing the process of reading and writing has changed. Currently users are doing a lot of literacy activities by utilizing the progress of IT. This is what is currently known as Digital Literacy. Digital literacy is "The capability to use digital technology and knowing when and how to use it." ( Rubble, M. and Bailey, G. (2007).

The rapid development of Internet also fuels the transformation of data from text to digital. With its ease, nowadays information is also widely presented online with web technology. Data exchange has also been done through a variety of data exchange technology available. These large data sets led to the creation of a field of big data. In another definition, we can define Big data as a collection of data from traditional and digital sources inside and outside of your organization. So, how to advancing digital literacy in an era of big data? We will find the answer in this seminar.

Speakers and Participants

Speakers in this seminar are experts in the field of information and library science. They are:

1.     Jasin M. Nurjadi. (Library of Congress, Field Deputy to Field Director)

2.     Nuraini Rakhmawati, PhD. (Institute of Technology Sepuluh Nopember)

3.     Edi Wiyono, S.Sos. (National Library)

4.     Sony Pawoko, M.TI (University of Indonesia)

Seminar participants come from among librarians, researchers, information practitioners, teachers and others.

For more information, download the PDF with a full itinerary for the seminar, or email the AIFIS office in Jakarta johan.purnama@aifis.org.