Starting from Universitas Gadjah Mada’s commitment to participate in introducing cultural diversity and education in Indonesia, UGM under the coordination of the Office of International Affairs has made the program particularly for international students who wants to know more about Indonesia, both from a cultural and educational aspect. This fun program in the form of an International Summer Program has received positive responses from various universities in the world. Since it was first successfully held in 2009, DREaM (an abbreviation of Disaster Research, Community Empowerment, and Microeconomics) became an annual event much anticipated by partner universities.

The DREaM has been attended by international students from various backgrounds, thus, DREaM is a place for students to learn more and exchange ideas about the background of each student. DREaM not only introduces Indonesian culture, but also various strategic themes in each year, such as matters on food, humanitarian, religion, and education. DREaM offers a different concept of the summer program, in which students have the knowledge not only of theoretical teaching carried out in the classroom, but students are also given the opportunity to directly participate in the field. For several days, students will be involved in various activities such as public lectures, community work, internship programs, and excursions.

Due to Covid-19, DREaM 2021 will be conducted virtually while still adapting to the existing DREaM content that has been implemented for the last twelve years. The theme of Virtual DREaM 2021 is “Rethinking Borders, Dynamics in a Changing World”. With the current state of the world as it is due to the pandemic, we need to quickly adapt to the dynamics of the current world and rethink our limitless borders with the addition of virtual conferencing.

Virtual DREaM 2021 will present speakers representing academia, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and social organizations. Together with the speakers, participants will be involved in a series of discussions and exchange of ideas, as well as learn various experiences and good practice in facing the global challenges that arise due to the pandemic. In addition, the participants will get the opportunity to interact with fellow participants from various countries through group activities assisted by facilitators. The young generation has an important role in society as initiators and various roles that will be carried out in the present and future. By understanding the theory and practice through valuable sessions in Virtual DREaM 2021, participants are encouraged to be able to collaborate and share knowledge and experiences gained both in social and professional settings in their respective countries.

Graphic: DREaM’s Participants Time to Time


The Journey of DREaM

2009International Student Summer Program for Better Nations Understanding30 people from 10 countriesProf. Ir. Sudjarwadi, M.Eng., Ph.D. (Rector of UGM 2007 – 2012)

Drs. Muhadi Sugiono, MA. (Lecturer of Faculty of Political and Social Sciences UGM)

Dr. Kwartani Yuniarti, M.Med.Sc. (Lecturer of Faculty of Psychology UGM)
2010Interfaith Dialogue63 people from 22 countriesH. Muhammad Jusuf Kalla. (Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia period 2004-2009)

Dr. Denni Purbasari, S.E., M.Sc. (Lecturer of Faculty of Economics and Business UGM)
2011Social Entrepreneurship65 people from 18 countriesReza Kusumaatmaja (Representative from GreenPeace)
2012Alternative Education60 people from 21 countriesM. Farhan (Presenter, a part of Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa)

Butet Manurung (Pioneer of Alternative Education, Founder of Sokola Rimba)
2013Human Empowerment through Community Involvement31 people from 10 countriesButet Manurung (Pioneer of Alternative Education, Founder of Sokola Rimba
2014Eco-Preneurship: Sustaining Nature to Embrace the Future46 people from 7 countriesH.E. Douglas Broderick (United Nations Resident Coordinator)

Andre Nilsson (Second Secretary, Embassy of Sweden)
2015Food Security43 people from 6 countriesMark Smulders, M.Sc. (United Nations/FAO Representative in Indonesia)

Agusdin Pulungan, M.Sc. (President of Indonesia Farmers and Fishers Society Organization- WAMTI)
2016Managing the Blue Planet: Ocean and Coastal Zone Management for Security, Prosperity and Peace43 people from 6 countriesProf. Dr. Ir. Rochmin Dahuri, M.S.  - Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Republic of Indonesia (2001 - 2004)

H.E. Dr. Arif Havas Oegrosono, S.H. LL.M. - Deputy I Coordinating Minister for Maritime Sovereignty at the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs

Mohammad Benyamin Scott Carnadi, S.H., MBA, LL.M. - Director, Intra-regional Cooperation for

Asia, Pacific and Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2017Resilient Society: a trans-disciplinary and cross-border approach35 people from 3 countriesProf. dr. Laksono Trisnantoro M.Sc., Ph.D

Dr. I Made Andi Arsana

Dr. Dicky Sofian

Dr. Danang Sri Hadmoko, M.Sc.

Dr.Ing. Ir. Agus Maryono (Faculty of Engineering)

Drs. Bambang Hudayana, M.A. (Faculty of Cultural Sciences)

Drs. Hendrie Adjie Kusworo, M.Sc. (Faculty of Social and Political Sciences)

Dra. Purbudi Wahyuni, MM (Gajah Wong River Community/FORSIDAS)
2018Reinventing Education in the Era of Disruption33 participants from 10 countriesDr. Pasi Kaskinen (Finland University)

Dr. Paripurna, S.H., M.Hum., LL.M.

Muhammad Nur Rizal, Ph.D. (Gerakan Sekolah Menyenangkan)

Tony Seno Hartono (Microsoft Indonesia)

Diyon Iskandar Setiawan, S.S. (Indonesia Mengajar)
2019Community Improvement through Women Empowerment31 students from 13 countriesLily Puspasari (UN Women Indonesia)
Zannuba Ariffah Chafsoh Rahman Wahid (The Wahid Institute)
Dr. Novi Kurnia (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
Nur Hasyim, M.A. (Aliansi Laki-Laki Baru
2020Resilience Amidst Global Pandemic81 students from 17 countriesDr. Tara Mona Kessaram (WHO Indonesia)
Prof. Dr. Emilia, M.Med.Ed., Sp.OG(K), Ph.D. (Indonesian COVID-19 Response Acceleration Task Force)
Dr. Irwanda Laory (University of Warwick)
H.E. Umar Hadi (Indonesian Ambassador to Republic of Korea)
Sekar Sari, S.IP., M.A (Tourism Ambassador of Yogyakarta)
Dr. Rivana Mezaya (Grab Indonesia)
George Iwan Marantika (Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
Andre Notohamijoyo, MSM (Indonesian Ministry of Tourism)
Prof. Irfan Dwidya Prijambada (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
Prof. Dr. Eng. Kuwat Triyana, M.Si. (GeNose Research Team, Universitas Gadjah Mada)
Haryo Mojopahit (Dompet Dhuafa)