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Jakarta. A total of 52 Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) in Hong Kong registered as new students of the Open University during the first term of 2021 by choosing various study programs, such as Management, Communication, Law, and English Translation.

All the new students attended the New Student Study Orientation (OSMB) and Distance Learning Skills Training (PKBJJ) which were held online, on March 21, 2021.

Head of the Center for Overseas Student Management (PPMLN), Open University, Dr. Pardamean Daulay, S.Sos., M.Si said that the OSMB and PKBJJ activities are one of UT's efforts to accelerate so that new students can adapt to the distance lecture system, which requires each student to be able to learn independently without depending on the lecturer.

This learning system is very different from lectures in face-to-face (conventional) tertiary institutions, where lecturers guide and direct students to study, but the learning system at UT does not require students to attend class so that lectures can be followed while working.

This kind of lecture system makes PMIs in Hong Kong very enthusiastic about participating in the education program at UT during their busy work.

To date, there are 154 UT students in Hong Kong who are actively attending lectures, 27 students are on leave from college and 21 others are crossing the semester limit.

Meanwhile, data obtained from the Indonesian Embassy in Hong Kong, there are around 180 thousand PMIs, almost 100 percent of whom are women working in the informal sector.

Thus, if calculated, the number of UT students is only 15 percent of the total PMI in Hong Kong. Therefore, Pardamean Daulay, who recently served as Head of PPMLN UT, is targeting an increase in the number of UT students in Hong Kong.

The increase in the number of UT students in Hong Kong is optimistic that it will be achieved because so far the cooperation between UT and the Indonesian Embassy in Hong Kong, and the Management of the Pokjar (Pokjar) UT Hong Kong has been well established.

This can be seen from the presence of the Education and Cultural Attaché of the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing, Mr. Yaya Sutarya and the Consul for Social and Cultural Affairs of the Indonesian Consulate in Hong Kong, Ms. Theodora Prassanti in the OSMB and PKBJJ activities.

In fact, on this occasion, the two representatives from the Indonesian Embassy in Hong Kong also provided material as reinforcement and motivation to new students who are all PMI and most of them work in the informal sector.

After graduating and earning a bachelor's degree from UT, it is hoped that PMIs can work in the formal sector. "Working while studying is not an easy thing, therefore UT students are required to be independent and share their time," said Yaya.

The OSMB and PKBJJ activities this time felt very special because the resource person who gave the material was the UT Deputy Chancellor for Institutional Development and Cooperation, Mr. Rahmat Budiman, M.Hum., Ph.D.

On this occasion, Mr. Rahmat, delivered a very interesting and important material for UT new students, which was entitled "Being Smart, Creative, Innovative, Independent & Qualified Students".

For 45 minutes, Mr. Rahmat provided information and exercises on how to master effective learning skills, reading skills and recording reading results, skills in accessing various UT online services, including online tutorial services (tuton).

Meanwhile, Mrs. Etty Susanty, SE., M.Si, as the Coordinator of Learning Assistance and Teaching Material Services (BBLBA) of PPMLN-UT provided material on preparing learning plans and targets and managing study time well.

In this activity, students were very enthusiastic about participating in the training.

This can be seen from the activeness of students in asking questions and doing assignments or exercises that are discussed by the instructor.

Through this training, it is hoped that it can produce students with independent characteristics as the main capital in undergoing the distance learning system at UT so that they can study well and graduate on time. (VOI)

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Jakarta. The Indonesian Medical Association’s (IDI's) spokesperson Iris Rengganis affirmed that the vaccine produced by Chinese company Sinovac is suitable for use, as its efficacy was above the threshold set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

"The WHO announces that the efficacy must be at least 50 percent. Hence, anything above 50 percent is feasible. The important aspect is that it is safe," Rengganis, concurrently head of the Advocacy Team for Vaccination, noted in a statement on Wednesday.

On the basis of clinical trials in Brazil, Sinovac vaccine’s efficacy reaches 50.3 or 50.4 percent.

"This is because we need it during a pandemic. Hence, we do not really look at brands anymore," she stated.

Rengganis pointed out that the most important aspect is the vaccine’s availability and safety, so there was no need to fuss about the aspect of effectiveness.

"Later, the issue of effectiveness could be dealt with. If necessary, next it will be repeated. Hence, there is no need to make a fuss about it. The important aspect is that the WHO can clear its efficacy. All our studies will look at the effectiveness of vaccines," she noted.

Rengganis noted that the vaccine's efficacy level had no impact on health and would not poison the vaccine recipients, so its use was safe.

Comparisons cannot be made regarding efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine since it is different for each country, she remarked.

"We will see as time goes on. We will see the effectiveness of the vaccine later," she stated.

Rengganis highlighted Indonesia’s plans to acquire Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in order to meet the country’s needs.

Some 70 percent of Indonesians are targeted to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, so more vaccines are required.

"Hence, we need more vaccines. We want them from other countries to meet our needs, so that herd immunity can be achieved," she stated.

Indonesia has, so far, relied mostly on Sinovac's vaccine for its vaccination program. More than 10 million people have been vaccinated, and over half of them have received the second shot. (Antaranews)

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Jakarta. Japan’s western region of Osaka reported a record number of infections of COVID-19 on Tuesday as a mutant strain of the virus fuelled a rebound in cases.

Osaka reported 1,099 daily infections, a record high for the prefecture, which is home to 8.8 million people and is Japan’s second-biggest metropolis.

The virus has hit Osaka hard in recent weeks, prompting authorities to enforce targeted lockdown measures. Similar curbs were adopted in Tokyo on Monday amid a rebound in the capital region.

 

A highly contagious variant discovered in Britain is driving a fourth wave of cases in western Japan, mostly among younger people. Tuesday’s record exceeded the previous peak of 918 infections on Saturday.

Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who oversees the country’s pandemic response, said the surge in cases of the mutated strain was particularly worrying.

“The situation, with pressure on hospital beds, is severe. I have a strong sense of crisis about it,” he told reporters at a news conference.

 

Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura cancelled parts of the Olympic Torch relay on public streets, forcing torchbearers to run in an empty park on Tuesday.

Last week Japan clamped curbs on Osaka, its neighboring prefecture of Hyogo and Miyagi in the northeast. That allowed authorities to order shorter operating hours at bars and restaurants, and to punish those who don’t comply by fining them 200,000 yen ($1,820) and publishing their names. (Reuters)

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Jakarta. The United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday it fears that the military clampdown on protests in Myanmar since the Feb. 1 coup risks escalating into a civil conflict like that seen in Syria and appealed for a halt to the “slaughter”.

U.N. High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said in a statement 3,080 had been detained and there are reports that 23 people have been sentenced to death following secret trials.

“I fear the situation in Myanmar is heading towards a full-blown conflict. States must not allow the deadly mistakes of the past in Syria and elsewhere to be repeated,” Bachelet said. (Reuters)

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