On 25 – 26 September 2020, international students who will undergo an internship or exchange program at ITS Surabaya get an introduction to the learning environment at ITS in the Orientation Week (OWEEK). OWEEK is an orientation activity carried out by ITS Global Engagement (ITS GE) at the beginning of each semester in order to welcome the arrival of ITS international students. In this activity, ITS international students will be given materials regarding the introduction of ITS, steps that must be taken before starting lecture activities, and how to carry out academic lecture activities online. This time OWEEK was held virtually through the Zoom Meeting due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation. A total of 32 students from various countries ranging from Malaysia, Philippines, and France participated in OWEEK. OWEEK that took place from 03.00 – 06.00 PM included Glimpse of ITS, Academic Regulation, ITS Information System, and others. There are several lecturers and staff who help provide this material. The lecturers and staff are Bambang Pramujati, S.T., M.Sc.Eng., Ph.D. (Vice Rector IV), Octaviyanti Dwi Wahyurini, S.T., M.AppDesArt, Ph.D. (Senior Manager of ITS Global Engagement Office on Promotion & Mobility), Hadziq Fabroyir, S.Kom., Ph.D. (Head of Section for Information System Development), and Mohammad Syaroni Syawaludin S.Ikom (Staff Hospitality for International Students).
In addition to materials about ITS, there are also game sessions consisting of The ITS Surabaya Campus Tour and Surabaya City Tour. This virtual game session drew a lot of attention from OWEEK participants. In the ITS Surabaya Campus Tour, participants are invited to virtually tour iconic places in ITS. There are quizzes about ITS as well as a variety of unique challenges that participants must carry out every time they reach one of the location points of the ITS Surabaya Campus map. The participants also carried out challenges such as following Indonesian traditional dance movements to singing songs with Indonesian lyrics passionately. While on the Surabaya City Tour, OWEEK participants were invited to tour the city of Surabaya through various media such as photos, videos, to google street view. Some of the locations displayed include Suramadu Bridge, Tunjungan Street, Tugu Pahlawan, to the Sampoena Musem. In addition, there are several games such as puzzles, word guessing, find the difference, and others. The participants participated in the city tour game with great enthusiasm. The participants even scramble to win the games provided on the City Tour.
On the second day of the OWEEK, there was a Buddy Introduction session where international students met their respective buddy. There are 14 Buddy who will assist international students in undergoing lectures or internships at ITS. This time OWEEK was closed with testimonials from participants. The participants also gave testimonials related to the implementation of an exciting, interesting, and positive event. ITS Global Engagement hopes that through the implementation of OWEEK it can help international students to be ready for their new journey of carrying out online lectures at ITS.
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