Global business, leadeRship, and Cultural Experiences (GRACE) 2018

04 September 2018


Global business, leadeRship, and Cultural Experiences (GRACE) 2018 is a project based learning program by International Office, Universitas Kristen Maranatha. This summer program is held from 26 August 2018 until 3 September 2018. Twelve students from 4 different universities participate in this program: 4 students from Universiti Utara Malaysia, 3 students from De La Salle University Philippines, 2 students from Lady Doak College India and 3 students from Hokusei Gakuen University Japan.


GRACE 2018 focus on the case study of Small Medium Enterprise (SME) in the world, especially Indonesia. The aim of this program is to develop local creative industry in West Java. The participants are presented with interdisciplinary subjects such as Introduction to SME in Indonesia, Threats and Opportunities for SME, SME around the world, Innovation & development for SME and Intellectual Property Law for SME. At the end of the program, the participants are given some issues on chosen local SME to solve. Besides, they have a project discussion and presentation on SME in Indonesia.


Other than the case study, there are Bandung cultural trip, creative industry visit and community service.


The participants went on Bandung cultural trip to Batik Komar, C59 and Saung Angklung Udjo. They learnt about batik and experienced how to make batik at Batik Komar workshop. They had a factory visit to C59, a factory producing shirt.  The last cultural trip was to Saung Angklung Udjo, It held Bamboo performance where the participants were introduced to Sundanese culture and invited to play angklung together.




The participants also went to see one of Bandung’s most beautiful landscape, Kawah Putih (the White Crater).


The creative industry visit was to Wisata Ilmu Sutera Bandung. This industry educates people on silk production, from the beginning until the end of the process. The participants went on a tour to the silk worms breeding ground and observed the process of making fabric from silk.



This summer program ended with a community service and farewell dinner. The participants did a community service at SDN Pasir Ipis Lembang. Each country taught their culture to the elementary school students. The Japanese taught the students how to make origami while the Indian presented their traditional costume, sari, The participants from Philippines taught some phrases in Filipino and the ones from Malaysia demonstrated how to make kite. After doing the community service, the farewell party was held for the participants.




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