The COVID-19 pandemic that has occurred in all parts of the world has not dampened the enthusiasm of Diponegoro University (Undip) to provide a world-class education to the people of Indonesia and the world. This was marked by the admission of 56 foreign students from various countries such as Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Palestine, Yemen, Madagascar, Algeria, Myanmar, and others. Of the 56 foreign students, 50 students are accepted under the DISS (Diponegoro International Students Scholarship) program which is a full scholarship given by Diponegoro University to foreign students from all over the world. Admission of foreign students at Diponegoro University is carried out officially through the Diponegoro International Orientation (DIO) Day 2020 which is conducted virtually through the ZOOM Meeting on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
DIO Day 2020 was opened by the Vice-Rector for Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. Budi Setiyono, S.Sos., M.Pol.Admin., Ph.D. In his speech, Prof. Budi said that in the COVID-19 pandemic situation, Undip changed the learning method into virtual learning and still prioritized quality. Prof. Budi also conveyed that the staff and professionals in Undip’s environment continue to do their best by producing quality lecture materials using systems called SIAP and KULON. Not forgetting Prof. Budi congratulates the students who are accepted through the scholarship program and hopefully enjoy the online lecture activities before finally coming to Indonesia.
This activity was closed with a question and answer session conducted by foreign students who are currently studying at Undip and have lived in Indonesia for a long time, namely Lalaina Tienh Andriamampionona from Madagascar and Islam Karem Rouby Mohammed from Egypt. They (Islam and Lalaina) shared tips and tricks for new foreign students regarding experiences in Indonesia, especially in Semarang and Undip