20/4/2020 – Universitas Islam Sultan Agung (UNISSULA) through the Office of International Affairs (OIA) monitors the welfare of international students. This monitoring is done by visiting the residences of all international students. This activity aims to get a clear picture of the well-being of international students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The visits began with receiving four students from Thailand who lived in the UNISSULA dormitory. The students were welcomed in the rectorate office by the Vice Rector for Student Affairs, M. Qomaruddin, accompanied by the COVID-19 Response Team and the head of OIA. After that, OIA team left for the residences of international students.
There are thirty-one students who still stay in Semarang. It consists of twenty-one Thai students, five Libyan students, two Egyptian students, two East Timorese students, and one Brazilian student. In these visits, the OIA team was divided into two teams with a total of ten visited residences.
The main objective of the visits is to examine directly the welfare of international students during this crisis. UNISSULA also provided support in form of an internet quota support fund, health equipment (face masks and hand sanitizers), and basic food packages. This kind of support is expected to be able to help international students to stay healthy and able to survive.
The head of OIA, Riana Permatasari, hopes that international students can stay healthy and happy. This visit and support become a form of UNISSULA presence for all students at any time including this difficult time. Even though they are separated from their families, they have UNISSULA as their family while in Indonesia.