This September, the UBC Faculty of Forestry will be hosting 10 undergraduate students from Indonesia, thanks to the Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards (IISMA) program.
In place for two years, the IISMA program was designed to ensure top Indonesian students have opportunities to take university classes not typically offered in their own country as well as further develop leadership skills in a multicultural setting. The incoming group is the second cohort UBC Forestry has hosted.
“Students from all over the country competed for this opportunity to attend classes at international universities,” says Jorma Neuvonen, Assistant Dean for Professional Education and International Collaboration at the Faculty of Forestry. “More than 2,500 students applied for the program and only 1,000 were selected.”
IISMA Program Competition
In addition to the competition students face when applying for the program, universities around the world have the same challenge.
“Our global world ranking, award-winning faculty and experience with hosting international students were pivotal deciding factors in determining we would be selected for this wonderful opportunity,” says Neuvonen.
A total of 73 universities from 30 different countries were named to host the students. The University of Waterloo was the only other Canadian university chosen to take part in the program.
“While the students are attending UBC Forestry classes, the plan is they will also engage in cross-cultural experiences,” says Neuvonen.