Jakarta Academic Study Tour Inspires Islamic Economics Students to be Future Leaders
Integrating the knowledge acquired from the theory into real economics and financial setting in Government and Public Institution, a group of 41 UNIDA Gontor Islamic Economics students embarked on their journey to Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia from 7 to 12 January 2019.
The group visited several ministries of the republic of indonesia and were introduced to the operations of ministry by top managers. Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Ministry of Trade, as well as State Minister for Cooperatives, Small, and Medium Enterprises became the destination of this academic studies. They also visited Bank Indonesia (the central bank of the Republic of Indonesia), BNI Syariah, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and Indonesian Waqf Board.
The academic study tour was not only a bridge between textbook theories and real life economics, but also a cultural immersion into the Jakarta vibrancy. Our stay in Jakarta kick-started with a cultural tour at Old City, known as Kota Tua. The economic transformation of Jakarta reflects Indonesian face from an newly-independent country three-quarter a century ago to an developing nation within financial hub. The group also visited Jakarta History Museum, also known as Fatahillah Museum or Batavia Museum, located in Kota Tua.
During our visit to State Minister for Cooperatives Small and Medium Enterprises, explained to us the overall landscape of enterprises in Indonesia. They shared the aim of providing solutions for SMEs in regard to product development, access to financing, human resource development and others.
Meanwhile in another visit, Ministry of Trade always allow the public especially for college student to access information on various trade activities and policies in Indonesia. Moreover, Islamic economics student wanted deeper understanding of economic phenomena and current issues about international trade since the trade sector is one of the key sectors of the economy.
Jakarta was an entirely different experience in terms of culture and economic development. Students were warmly welcomed by public organisations. During the visit to Indonesia Waqf Board, students learned how to analyze and support the transformation of the great potential of waqf into a real force to increase welfare in various fields and to support the national economy through academic research.
The 6-day academic study trip was definitely an eye-opening experience to consolidate textbook concepts through the observation of real life economics practices in the nation’s capital. What’s more, it was an invaluable time for the batch to strengthen their bonds and experience from a remarkable semester here at UNIDA Gontor. (ARM)