Washington, DC., (12/17/2020). KIBAR (Kitorang Bicara) or “We talk” is a serial-webinar held by the Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C., USA through the Attaché for Education and Culture. The recorded live event of KIBAR Seri-11 with the theme: “International Affairs and Social Sciences” can be accessed in the following link http://bit.ly/fb-watch-kibar11
International Affairs & Social Sciences are the main points in the 11th series of KIBAR (Kitorang Bicara), a webinar chaired by Prof. Popy Rufaidah, the Education and Cultural Attaché. The webinar had Prof. Louis Goodman, Professor and Dean Emeritus, School of International Service, American University, Washington DC. He is a specialist in international development. His specialization began focusing on Latin America. But when he became Dean, he had to negotiate with universities around the world to have relationships and to have their students come. So, he spent lots of time in Southeast Asia and in East Asia, including visiting Indonesia. And he talked how the world is getting more complex and what the patterns of those relationships are and we can do so with actual data, not just speculation, and we can talk about how different nations take leadership in different areas.
On the flip side, Director of the School of International Affairs, Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Scott Sigmund Gartner talked about Future International Affairs: Using Technology to Learn. He stated that artificial intelligence (AI) can fix missing data and attribute responsibility and AI can mitigate the missing problem. In SIA at Penn State is training the next generation of global leaders with a professional, customizable and interdisciplinary program that small hand on and in a big top United States university. One of the things that are unique about our program, as well as students, comes from 70 different academic backgrounds.
Billy David Nerotumilena, Master of International Affairs, Pennsylvania State University talked about COVID-19 Might not Change the World. He has another perspective that International Affairs is not only talk about politics and diplomacy. He stated that COVID-19 Pandemic has good impact in international relationship among countries, especially Indonesia. Indonesia has the same trend from other countries that have a large population, namely Brazil and India, has the same problem and becomes a common concern and cannot make best practice from other countries cannot be equated with Indonesia because the number of populations is different and of course the approach must also be different. Then all countries are most affected economically and socially, and Indonesia itself is very economically affected that this is more devastating than the economic crisis in 1998. In general, the response of countries in the world when Covid is direct cash assistance is different. Indonesia is the policy and the public’s response. The policies of the Government are whether to lose, win or make peace with Covid-19.
In addition, Diyanah Afifah Ramadhayanti also concern about Global Pandemic and International Affairs: Challenges and Opportunities for Indonesia. As a student of master’s program in School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C., she wanted to start the global community in Indonesia after graduated. Then why is discussing this study important for Indonesia? With globalization, she actually already knows that international relations have become borderless or borderless where not only Indonesia as a country becomes international actors in international competitions but even individuals like her and friends can also play a role in international relations. Studying international relations like this can also be a capital for consideration and an input for the Indonesian government in producing strategic policies in the international world to benefit Indonesia not only economically but also in other fields.
Of course, talking about the International affairs, it is unfair not to discuss the jobs landscape for future. Dr. R. Widya Setiabudi, Dean of Politics and Social Science Faculty, Padjajaran university explained the Reasons Why Everyone Wants to Study in the U.S to support the future jobs.
- S. degree have an excellent international reputation
- American universities are bastions of cultural diversity
- S. universities offer excellent support facilities
- S. universities invest in optimized classroom experiences
- American universities offer a flexible academic environment
Also, he hoped there is a Joint Cooperation/ Collaboration program among US and Indonesia Universities. How is the trans-disciplinary between technology and social humanities, how to apply AI to ward off radicalism and how AI is applied to prevent crimes? AI in public services is very broad.