By Shofan Fiangga
IMPoME 2012 scholarship receiver
International Master Program on Mathematics Education
Exchange student at Utrecht University
Talk about the facilities. Utrecht University (UU) really integrates the technology especially ICT (Internet Computer Technology). The buildings and the classroom are really built as comfort as possible for the students to encourage them to study. Most of the class using what is called smartboard. It is a fusion of whiteboard and touch screen projector computer. Most of them have been automatically added.
Other advantage in using university library network is that we have a broad access to many famous journal or articles of research. We can freely download the journals as pdf document and save them when we are in university network. We can also do that from our home but using proxy server of university library network that we must login using our solis ID. This is one thing that really helps students here to do more research and analyzing paper from the famous journal. we can also access to many dissertation of many lecturer or professor of Utrecht university using ignitur network.
The Netherland Educational System
Unlike Indonesia educational system in which most of the system is treat the students with the same need; in the Netherlands Educational system is quite complicated but really considering the individual’s need and background. In fact, the Netherlands can provide a really detail system of education here.
Using a wonderful educational system, no wonder the Netherland achieved a high rank in the world. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), conducted in 2008 by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), ranks the education in the Netherlands as the 9th best in the world.
Science Center and the role of Science and Educational Practitioner
On Thursday May 31st, 2012, Pak Muchlas arrived at Schipol international airport Amsterdam the Netherland after he followed ASEM conference in Denmark. In this 7 days visit, Pak Muchlas had 2 negotiations which were important for UNESA. First, Pak Muchlas met with the director of Freudenthal Institute of Utrecht University to discuss the continuation of IMPOME program. Second, Pak Muchlas met with director of KITLV Institute of Leiden University to initialize a new program of sandwich with Faculty of Language UNESA.
On June 4th, 2012, Pak Muchlas asked some IMPOME students to accompany him in exploring Amsterdam during his free day in Sunday. The first tourism object that we visited is science center museum, NEMO. Then we visited museumplein where we can take photographs of IAMSTERDAM landmark, there are famous spots inMuseumplein like concert gebow, van gough museum, and rijkmuseum. The next destination is an old bookstore in Spui. Pak Muchlas searched for several books that he can bring home. The last spot before we end the journey is the Damsquare. Pak Muchlas spent some times in the souvenirs shop here and take photographs in the middle of amazing old building there like Oudkerk and Madam Tussaud Museum. What I want to highlight here is our visit in NEMO where I can share my personal experience and dream there.
NEMO, the biggest science center in the Netherland, was opened by Queen Beatrix in 1997. Before Introduced as NEMO, this museum was called NINT or Nederlands Instituut voor Nijverheid en Techniek (English: Dutch Institute of Labor and Technology). The museum is housed in a building designed by Renzo Piano since 1997 with five floors of hands-on science exhibitions. It is the fourth most visited museum in the Netherlands which attracts annually over 500,000 visitors.
That is all about several interesting aspects that I think really important to share with others in UNESA. Hopefully, this idea can trigger bigger movement to make UNESA better from the best. VIVA UNESA. UNESA tetap JAYA.
Private collection of IMPoME Students