The Faculty of Management (FOM) organised its inaugural outbound programme, which was hosted by the Indonesia Banking School (IBS) in Kemang, Indonesia from 3 December until 16 December 2018. The programme was participated by 14 students and accompanied by Dr. Mariati Norhashim, the Deputy Dean, Research and Innovation,FOM and the faculty’s lecturers, Dr. Abby Ashraff and Ms. Zarehan Selamat. The delegates were well-welcomed by IBS’s top management, led by Dr. Subarjo Joyosumarto (Head, Economics Business School, IBS).

Themed as “Malaysia-Indonesia, Serumpun Sebudaya”, this exchange programme was designed to incorporate both in-class and external educational experiences throughout the stays in Jakarta. Apart from in-house classes, the delegates also attended a series of corporate visits to several banks and financial institutions in Indonesia, including Bank Indonesia, Bank Negara Indonesia and Indonesia Stock Exchange.

The delegates also had an opportunity to perform several corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities in two secondary schools in Jakarta. The host also organised several other engaging activities such as sports events (badminton, futsal and basketball), cultural immersion night and farewell dinner. During the cultural immersion night, the delegates from FOM proudly exhibited our own cultural performance; tarian zapin and dikir barat.

For the micropreneurship itinerary, the delegates had a chance to visit the infamous micropreneurship hub of Jakarta, Pasar Tanah Abang, where they practically applied some negotiation and entrepreneurial skills. The similar skills also applied when they visited Cihampelas, the popular business street in Bandung. Besides Cihampelas, they also visited Kawah Putih, a volcano crater lake. During the second last day in Jakarta, the delegates joined a Jakarta city tour by visiting Monas (Monumen Nasional) and Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMMI). Overall the students gained invaluable practical and educational experience and learned to appreciate the uniqueness and differences of other countries.