Citizen Engagement and Natural Resource Governance Education (CitRes.Edu)
The student exchange program (CitRes.edu) aims to develop a high-quality research-based and work life relevant educational partnership between NTNU and UGM focusing on the dynamic between transnational natural resource governance and local citizen engagement. The program will do so by supporting increased student mobility between Indonesia and Norway, and contribute to internationalization of master and PhD program at UGM and NTNU.
The exchange program is funded by DIKU (the Norwegian Directorate for Quality and Internationalization in Higher Education), and master and PhD students can apply for one semester scholarship at the partner institutions with possibility of two moths extension for data collection.
Students eligible for scholarship are all Master and PhD students from:
- Department of Geography, NTNU
- Department of Politics and Government, UGM
- Faculty of Geography UGM
Students from NTNU will conduct internship, fieldwork or course work during their stay at UGM/Indonesia. Students from UGM will conduct course work when staying at NTNU
Hear what the students have to say about their exchange experience with CitRes.Edu
“The fieldwork in Indonesia was filled with valuable knowledge and lifelong memories with inspirational people. I was based in Yogyakarta where I felt really welcome at the co-working space at PolGov surrounded by great people. For my field studies I was lucky to travel with skilled colleagues from PolGov to Bojonegoro, Belitung and Palangka Raya where I learned a lot about natural resource management from the locals. Of all the memories I carry with me, the field work in Belitung stands out the most. In just a few days on this tiny island, I experienced so much, and I got a totally new understanding about informal mining, palm oil production, conservation and tourism. The overall knowledge I bring with me from the time in Indonesia is to understand the importance of stepping out of the European- and Norwegian bubble and learn about natural resource management from local Indonesian perspectives. I am very thankful for this opportunity which gave me new friendships, new perspectives and new impulses about culture, religion and food. I still dream about Lotek and Jus alpucat and I am continuously in search for tempe in Norway.”
“Studying next to experienced researchers at the POLGOV institute in Yogyakarta was really a great experience. It was especially valuable as they possessed ties and had established trust with informants that otherwise would be unreachable. Doing fieldwork for my master’s thesis would be impossible without their help, guiding, and ties to relevant information holders. Following the researchers conducting fieldwork also provided a huge learning outcome of how to behave in an ethical manner as a researcher, in addition to crucial insights regarding the matters investigated. Besides the educational outcome of living in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and the people at POLGOV in themselves should be a reason to experience studying at UGM. The researchers were welcoming and helpful from day one, and made it possible to explore some of the true Indonesian cultures. I would truly recommend it to everyone!”
“As part of the PhD student mobility program of CitRes-Edu, I had a two-week fruitful engagement in the Department of Human Geography, NTNU in June 2019. I felt that the academic atmosphere at the campus is in some ways enforcing the students to focus more on the project. During my visiting study, I experienced some academic events which I found inspired some ideas to develop my own PhD research project. Among the events are thesis defence, and the 8th Nordic Geographers Meeting. I also had a series of constructive discussion with the CitRes research team, that always challenged as well as put insight with very critical questions. From the particular team, I learnt a lot about the research methodology, especially on how to delve the idea and make it more operational for research. I also experienced the city of Trondheim, which I felt having many similarities with my hometown in Yogyakarta. It is a very welcoming, open city, which the city is definitely more noiseless. Obviously, I really liked Bakklandet with its oldtown bridge, Ila Fyr lighthouse, and enjoyed walking across the hill where the fort of Kristiansten Festning is located.”
“My internship in Indonesia is full of beautiful memories. Firstly, Yogyakarta is now very close to my heart. I have spent a lot of time in Univeritas Gadjah Mada(UGM) working in the PolGov office which is an incredible co-working place. I learned a lot about professionalism and academic working. Apart from it, my every activity with CitRes-Edu has led me to a better understanding in issues of Natural Resources Governance. I was able to meet such nice colleagues with whom I could share a lot, learn a lot and enjoy a lot. Therefore, my stay in Indonesia has earned me great friends. Yogyakarta is an amazing place with warm welcoming people. It has great food and culture, there are also amazing historical sites which is not to be missed. I was also able to visit Belitung, Bali and Jakarta which are again astounding on their own. All these experiences make me want to visit Indonesia again and again. I especially miss my city rides with Gojek and the famous Indonesian snack “Tempe” a lot.”
“My name is Nora, and I went on exchange in 2019. Some of the highlights from my semester in Yogyakarta were the field trips and the training course because I got to know other master students at UGM as well as many interesting people from different countries in the Asia Pacific. I didn’t know much about Indonesia before I got there, but I learned a lot about the Indonesian language and culture from people in PolGov, my host family, and the language school Wisma Bahasa. I encourage other students to take a language course if they have the opportunity, as it made daily life much easier, and having a basic understanding of the language was useful when we went on field trips and visited different communities in Merapi and Belitung. I am very thankful to everyone who made my exchange so memorable, and I wish I could have stayed longer than four months.”
“The memories and experiences I acquired through my intern relationship with the CitRes and PolGov team in Yogyakarta truly holds a special place in my heart. Throughout the span of months, I was blessed with the opportunity to work among highly professional colleagues. Going to the office never felt like a burden, as I quickly came to learn that the people of PolGov everyday offered an inclusive, warm and diverse working environment. The same positive energy can be said to be reflected in the city of Yogyakarta itself. While jammed with traffic and scorching hot at times, the city and its people manifest convincing reasons to live in Jogja. As an intern, I was able to participate in various activities through PolGov, such as an amazing field trip to the beautiful island of Banka Belitung, and partaking in RegINA’s annual course in natural resource governance. For those interested in politics, natural resources governance and sustainability, this is the place to go, as you will be able witness it yourself from the grassroot level. Besides amplifying your skills as a future researcher or professional, living in Indonesia really challenges your perspectives, how things are, and how things can be done. Looking back now, I wished that I could have stayed for a longer period. To those considering the student exchange programme, I recommend you to take a language course, it is really fun and rewarding. Lastly, take advantage of the opportunity once you get it, be ambitious, travel, and make new acquaintances.”