The Jakarta Post
The Overseas Indonesian Students Association Alliance (PPI-Dunia) has made a new Indonesian Museum of Records (MURI) record by hosting a web seminar (webinar) in January for 100 hours straight on its YouTube platform.
The new achievement broke the previous record of a 36-hour webinar held by another organization.
The webinar, which was held from Jan. 6 to 10, was divided into 50 sessions that were delivered by Indonesian students studying for bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees in various campuses across the globe.
In a statement sent to The Jakarta Post on Thursday, PPI-Dunia said the online seminar – which mostly discussed overseas scholarships – was aimed at providing a more solid database about educational information overseas for Indonesian students, viewing the difficulties often faced by prospective students to get adequate information about study opportunities.
“Throughout the year, there are many activities that PPI-Dunia conducts to give information about schools or scholarships from countries around the world,” said Fadlan Muzakki, the coordinator of PPI-Dunia in the statement. “Such activities have yet to be properly organized and documented.”
Traditionally, Fadlan gets help from his colleagues in the PPI branches in each country in setting up agendas and establishing collaborations with Indonesian students around the globe.
Dyhan Ramadhan, a PPI-Dunia member and the webinar's project leader, said one of the challenges during preparation for the record-breaking webinar was to invite Indonesian students in more than 40 countries to be the speakers.
In order to make each session effective, Dyhan and his team had to find the most suitable time that fit the respective time zones of the speakers, moderators and participants.
“It needs good teamwork. So, when those in the eastern part of the world are asleep, the western part could take over the duties,” he said in the statement.
With more than 1,000 participants accessing the whole session, the webinar involved and connected Indonesians studying at home and abroad simultaneously.