VP Academics attends Indonesian Study Tour

Dr. Emmanuel James P. Pattaguan, the Vice-President for Academics, attended in Indonesia a two-week long study tour sponsored by the Asian University Digital Resource Network (AUDRN), April 21-May 3, 2014.

Dr. Pattaguan was with other Filipino educators whose schools are members of AUDRN. The delegation was led by Dr. Maria Lourdes Q. Baybay, AUDRN’s Executive Director.

The Filipino delegates had the tour to visit, get to know and link up with the partner schools of the University Network for Digital (Local) Knowledge (UNDK), an AUDRN counterpart network in Indonesia; to conduct knowledge exchange with faculty members and administrators in the practice of local knowledge integration in teaching and learning as well as in research; to build a possible network of Indonesian universities for the Filipino delegates’ own individual schools through the sharing of best practices; and to explore Indonesia as a neighbor in the southeast Asian region in the context of the ASEAN 2015 integration.

The group visited nine partner schools, namely: 1) Universitas Katolik Widya Mandira, Kupang, 2) Universitas Kristen Artha Wacana, Kupang, 3) Universitas Kristen Petra, Surabaya, 4) Universitas Katolik Widya Karya, Malang, 5) Universitas Katolik Soegijapranata, Semarang, 6) Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana, Salatiga, 7) Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, Yogyakarta, 8) Universitas Sanata Dharma, Yogyakarta, and 9) Universitas Kristen Indonesia Paulus, Makassar.

“We were warmly received by all schools with traditional Indonesian culture of welcoming guests. I enjoyed every bit of experience in these schools, with the good company of very welcoming school administrators.”

The AUDRN delegates and Administrators of Universitas Kristen Indonesia Paulus, Makassar

Dr. Pattaguan presented the University of Saint Louis’ Local Knowledge initiatives at the Duta Wacana Christian University (Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, Yogyakarta). He mentioned about Bannag, the Local Knowledge research publication of the University, the University researches on Local Knowledge, and the conduct of service learning in an Aeta community in Peñablanca, Cagayan.

In all the schools the AUDRN team visited, Dr. Pattaguan expressed USL’s desire to further ties with them.

Dr. Pattaguan with the Rector of Artha Wacana Christian University

During the study tour, Dr. Pattaguan noted the Indonesian Local Knowledge studies, some of which as follows:

1. Lilifuk and Giant Clams Garden: Local Practices of Bolok Village for Coastal and Marine Conservation Ecotourism

The local villagers protect and conserve coastal and marine resources (small pelagic fishes). In Indonesia, Lilifuk means the coastal area which never dries even during high or low tide. The area is closed for six months until it is opened for harvest for a day only.

2. Javanese Traditional Wedding Ceremony

Javanese Traditional wedding is characterized as colorful, fragrant and rich with tradition; these are the elements of the Javanese wedding ceremony. On the wedding day, the groom and the bride are adorned with jasmine flowers and wrapped in jasmine-scented traditional fabrics accented with ornate brass and gold ornaments. The throne where they reside for most of the wedding day is decorated with flowers as well.

3. Ethnography as a Research Method

Ethnography is a qualitative methodology whereby the researcher seeks to understand a culture from the standpoint of the cultural insider, or what it is truly like to live and exist, within a particular framework of customs, taboos, religion, thoughts and all of the cultural institutions that come together to make culture and how the interaction of the individual with this social framework shapes world view.

Traditional Indonesian Wedding Materials

The Borobudur Temple (zenith view)