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Foreign lecturers visit East Java communities to answer grassroots problems

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

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Probolinggo, East Java   /   Mon, December 16, 2019   /  12:43 pm
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Ali Hayes, a lecturer in political science at Murdoch University in Australia (third right), interacts with people in Ngeteh hamlet, Ngepung village in Probolinggo, East Java on Nov. 30, 2019.(JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana)

Ali Hayes has been working as a lecturer in political science at Murdoch University in Australia for the past six years. But despite his academic knowledge, he said he was nervous when facing various questions from local people in a recent program organized by the World University Association for Community Development (WUACD). The community development program, which followed a proposal by Surabaya-based Airlangga University, brought 20 foreign lecturers to visit East Java late last month to communicate directly with the local communities and help find solutions to improve their lives. “My heart is pounding. I have never done something like this before. This is a first time experience. I have never interacted directly with the people at the grassroots level. Especially in Indonesia, the culture of the people is different,” Hayes said after he talked with local people in...