Indonesia has captivated students from across the sea to expand their insights for its diverse languages, cultures, and tourisms. This opportunity encourages the government to constantly promote Indonesia throughout education. Hence, Indonesia begins to be the referral college to continue study in higher education to hold bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. Furthermore, universities and schools in Indonesia strive to hold international programs, events and activities to incite international participants to join in.
Universitas Negeri Malang (UM), as one of the pioneers of ex-teacher training college, gradually improves its quality both in academic and non-academic. By adding elements of language and cultures in every line of education, UM endeavours to achieve its goal to be one of the leading universities and a reputable college, nationally and internationally. The growing number of its international students each year and its local students winning many international competitions and awards, UM proves itself to contribute to global education continuously.
However, current emergency global conditions caused by COVID-19 pandemic are unpredictable. It imposes on Indonesia and almost all countries in the world to limit our moves and activities, even ban domestic and international travels. This situation forces us to do most things online to obey the physical distancing obligations for everyone’s health and safety.
In provision for spreading its wings worldwide, virtual and/or physical, UM through the Office of International Affairs (OIA) offers various degree and non-degree programs. Successfully held some international non-degree programs such as UM iCamp, OALS (presently REALS), and other international flagship programs, UM this year is to launch a new international program, namely Universitas Negeri Malang International Festival (UM iFest), to introduce and elevate knowledge about Indonesian languages, cultures, and tourisms through international virtual workshop and creativity festival, as a substitute for the annual UM iCamp event.