Upskill's Postgraduate Closing Ceremony Celebrates The Birth of 'Future Environmental Leaders'
Upskill Post Graduate Semester Program Final Lecture Winter Semester 2023
Wrapping up upskill's 2023, read our latest article about our postgraduate closing day! This event not only marked the end of a transformative academic journey but also the beginning of a new chapter for these future international environmental leaders.
In a momentous event held at Udayana University's Postgraduate Environmental Science Magister Building on December 14, 2023, four international students marked the culmination of their upskill Postgraduate Tropical Coastal Ecology and Community-Based Management semester Program. The event began with a warm welcome from Professor Astarini, who expressed her joy at witnessing the successful completion of the program for the second time. The program, which focused on local initiatives, not only brought immense gratitude and appreciation but also instilled a sense of optimism in the students. Vice Director 1, Ni Nyoman Pujianiki, ST., MT., and M.Eng., shared her remarks, emphasizing the importance of academic initiatives like Upskill. Laura Korwa, the program manager, added her perspective, highlighting the unique aspects of the semester's focus on local initiatives.
The Sum up of Our Students’ 15 Weeks Study & Exploration
The heart of the ceremony unfolded during the presentations by the four international students—Francis, Thomas, Tobias, and Lennart—hailing from Heinrich-Heine-Universität and Universität Innsbruck in Germany, majoring in Biology. In their one-hour presentation, the students eloquently shared their insights into the diverse topics they explored during their 16-week course with Upskill. From the Benefits of Mangrove to Carbon Absorption through Coastal Blue Carbon, the Importance of Seagrass in Coral Conservation and Aquaculture in Bali, to Bee Farming, Waste Management, and Bird Watching for promoting sustainable tourism, each topic was thoroughly discussed. As the students concluded their presentations, they were awarded certificates, symbolizing their successful completion of the program.
Hope For 'Future Environmental Leaders'
Professor Astararini closed the ceremony by asking the students to describe Bali in one word. Their responses—"diverse, ''joyful,' and 'professional'—captured the very essence of their profound learning experience in the enchanting island of Bali. In her closing remarks, Professor Astarini also emphasized that these students were not merely graduates but future environmental leaders. Upskill's commitment to environmental education was further underscored by its plans for upcoming lessons and excursions on mangroves, coral conservation, and more.
It was revealed that the students, driven by a deep commitment to environmental causes, have undertaken a conservation project in Costa Rica. The decision to pursue their studies in Bali, as explained, was rooted in their earnest desire to actively contribute to environmental preservation. The students' profound knowledge and passion were emphasized, underscoring that they were not mere learners but dedicated advocates for environmental sustainability. The ceremony concluded on a celebratory note, with students and guests engaging in a heartfelt rendition of the Indonesian classic farewell song "kapan-kapan," followed by cake cutting, karaoke, and casual conversations. The event not only marked the end of a transformative academic journey but also the beginning of a new chapter for these future international environmental leaders.
By Billy Bagus