They got to know Rzeszów, Poland, and Europe and gained valuable knowledge that they will now be able to use in their home country.

Ten talented students from Indonesia, as part of the scholarship program of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia (IISMA), studied Aviation Management and Game Design and Development for one semester at the University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów.

IISMA is a program that enables Indonesian students to study at top partner universities abroad. Indonesian scholarship holders who chose UITM participated in two courses- Aviation Management and Game Design and Development. These two programmes offered by UITM are unique and difficult to find anywhere else in Poland. The programmes were based on a combination of theoretical and practical classes carried out as part of the three-year studies.

My encounter with modern technology and innovative teaching approaches helped me broaden my knowledge of software engineering and graphic design. Visits to companies like G2A, Prime Bit Games, or Aeropolis Park provided valuable insights into how theoretical knowledge can be applied in practice” Muhamad Ihsan Nuril Anwar, a participant in the Game Design and Development programme.

„Over the past few months, I have gained completely new knowledge related to aviation. I participated in research on airport data, learned about various types of aircraft and their differences, got to know marketing strategies in aviation, and various services provided by airlines. All these areas were what I wanted to delve into for a long time, and I achieved that during the Aviation Management programme at UITM. I am proud of myself for fulfilling my dream of studying in the field that interests me in an international environment” says Alya Nabila, a participant in the Aviation Management programme.

During their stay in Rzeszów, not only studies were the main point of Indonesian scholarship holders. Students met with the Mayor of Rzeszów, Konrad Fijołek, and acquainted themselves with local companies such as G2A, Prime Bit Games, Aviation Valley, Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport, and the Aeropolis Science and Technology Park. Guests from Asia also explored the region, participating in various trips to Sanok, Solina, and Łańcut. They discovered different cities in Poland such as: Kraków, Warsaw, and Gdańsk, as well as several European capitals such as Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Budapest, and Prague.

The winter and the sight of snow-covered Kielnarowa hills where they lived made a particularly strong impression on the Indonesian students. The program also included visits to ice rinks and the first skiing trip of their lives.

Participation in classes was a unique experience for the students, allowing them to deepen their knowledge and have their first encounter with Europe, which is culturally, geographically, and climatically very different from their homeland,” says Agata Jurkowska-Gomułka, Prof., Vice-Rector for Science and International Cooperation at UITM. As she emphasizes: Indonesian scholarship holders particularly appreciated the practical dimension of education at UITM and our excellent lecturers. They also enjoyed student life and numerous events in which they were involved with colleagues from other countries, such as the Open Day of Scientific Circles or Christmas Party.

What is more, students from Indonesia had a chance to meet H.E. Anita Lidya Luhulima – Ambassador of Indonesia, who also organized an official farewell for the entire group at the Embassy of Indonesia in Warsaw. During this ceremony, Agata Jurkowska-Gomułka, Prof., Vice-Rector for Science and International Cooperation at UITM, gave IISMA Students special diplomas for completing the Aviation Management and Game Design and Development programmes.

After a semester full of valuable experiences, the students, though reluctantly and sentimentally, happily returned to Indonesia. We believe that this one semester spent on education at the University of Information Technology and Management provided valuable knowledge and unforgettable experiences that will bring many tangible benefits to young Indonesians in their future lives and may translate into cooperation in scientific and business fields between Poland and Indonesia” summarizes Katarzyna Stachowicz-Rudzińska, UITM Rector’s Representative for International Projects.