Programme scientifique Sakura FKP UNUD 2023

The Faculty of Marine and Fisheries, Udayana University (FKP Unud) was again invited to participate in the 2023 Sakura Science Exchange Program at Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU), Japan. Sakura Science Exchange Program is an academic visit for students and researchers to get the opportunity to learn about Japanese technology and culture. This program is the brainchild of the Japan Science and Technology Agency and is attended by academicians from all over the world, including Indonesia. This year, the Faculty of Marine and Fisheries, Udayana University sent 4 students, namely Made Prasasti Abellia Oxana; I Made Dwita Krisnanda; David Keane Wijaya; I Wayan Gita Krishna Dananjaya, accompanied by I Wayan Gede Astawa Karang, S.Si., M.Si., Ph.D as Vice Dean III FKP, as well as PIC of Unud Cooperation with KGU, to take part in the Sakura Science Exchange program which was held from October 25 to October 31, 2023. The purpose of implementing this program is as an effort to develop student expertise and innovation in the fields of science and technology, encourage cross-country cooperation, and strengthen relations between Japan and partner countries.
On this occasion, the students visited Kwansei Gakuin University to take part in learning about science and technology, both in the form of short lectures and practicum activities. The learning was divided into 3 days, where the first day students studied Bioinformatics and conducted analysis and modeling of Amino Acid chains. The second day, students attended a class on Pheromones and social behavior of ants, in which students extracted ant pheromones and conducted experiments on the impact of pheromones on the foraging behavior of ant colonies. On the third day, students learned about water quality assessment, using simple approaches such as titration to advanced analysis, namely Inductivity Coupled Plasma and Ion Chromatography to determine the concentration of cations and anions in water samples. During the experiments, students have the opportunity to improve their analytical and practical skills through the use of various advanced and leading laboratory instruments.
Not only academic activities, but students also participated in cultural exchange activities while in Japan. Students are invited to visit various regions with their own uniqueness. Students are invited to get to know the culture of public baths or Honsen in the Arima area, Hyogo Prefecture, which is famous for Honsen Gold baths with golden hot water characteristics. The area is nestled between mountains with cool air that holds various magnesium hot springs and springs with high iron content. Next, students had the opportunity to tour the Minoo subtropical forest, famous for its Minoo and Momiji waterfalls where the leaves begin to take on colors in autumn. Moving away from the solitude, students are then taken to Namba, an entertainment and shopping center with one of the busiest train stations in Osaka. This district is filled with people of all ages and nationalities, going back and forth to enjoy the colorful atmosphere of the city. On the closing night of the program, FKP Unud students had the opportunity to perform a contemporary dance, which was attended by the academic community of Kwansei Gakuin University. The dance featured a variety of dance movements originating from Sumatra, Sulawesi and Bali.
Through this activity, students are expected to gain a complete insight into the academic world and Japanese culture. In addition, the Sakura Science Program strengthens the collaboration between the Faculty of Marine and Fisheries, Udayana University and the School of Biological and Environmental science, Kwansei Gakuin University which has been established since 2015 through academic cooperation in the form of exchanges, where one of the outputs is FKP Unud students who conduct advanced studies at KGU. Of course, it is hoped that this activity can increase the competence and competitiveness of the resources of the FKP Unud family through science and technology cooperation and cultural exchanges.