(Overseas Indonesian Students Association Alliance) or PPI Dunia held the 11th International Symposium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia on Wednesday-Sunday (10-14/7). This year’s symposium was held at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) with the theme “Sustainable Innovation as the Contribution of Indonesian Youth to National Independence”. PPI Malaysia, as the host, managed to bring 260 delegates from 34 State PPIs and 48 Campus BEMs in Indonesia.

At the opening of the event held at the Sultan Iskandar Board on Wednesday (10/07) there were also several invited guests such as Mr Mokhammad Farid Ma’ruf, Ph. D as Atdikbud of the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Umar as President of UTM and Prof. Ismunandar as Director General of Learning and Student Affairs of the Menristekdikti and several officials from the Indonesian Consulate General in Johor Bahru.

International Symposium of PPI Dunia XI, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

After the opening, the participants were divided into groups to then take part in a panel discussion. As for the theme of the panel discussion including; The Role of Education and Research, the Role of Creative Industries, the Role of Regional Government and the Role of Technology in Sustainable Innovation in Indonesia. Prof. Dr. H. Irwan Prayitno as one of the fillers in the regional government panel conveyed a message, according to him when we saw that there was a message on something so that we fixed it, at that time we had innovated.

SSK Dann (@danang_dann) & SK Fhavis as the reporter of @radioppidunia doing live report at symposium event

The event was followed by a coaching session and Start Up Festival for additional delegates and BEM delegates from the Indonesian Campus, while the main delegates from 34 countries were directed to take part in the internal PPI World Session starting at 09.30 to 22.30 local time in Malaysia. Based on the results of the internal PPI World session, Fadlan Muzakki was elected as the Coordinator of PPI Dunia (Overseas Indonesian Students Association Alliance) from 2019-2020 followed by the election of the PPI Tiongkok to host the 12th International Symposium in 2020.

As a form of student attention and contribution to Indonesia’s future, the World PPI Study Center held a commission meeting covering several fields of study, including: Education, Health, Socio-Cultural and Energy and Economics. From this session several recommendations were made which would later be submitted to the Government of Indonesia, including: Building a productive knowledge ecosystem, promoting inclusive growth, paying attention to digital literacy education, developing an education curriculum that is responsive to the development of the industrial world, paying more attention to health problems mentally, pushing the pace of renewable energy growth and encouraging the active role of Indonesia’s foreign policy for World peace.

Malaysia, 15th july 2019