OIT and University of Palangka Raya (UPR) collaboratively held an iPBL (International Project-Based Learning) program to research on environment and biological resources in a tropical peat swamp forest of Indonesia. 12 OIT students and three professors from Department of Environmental Engineering participated in the program, and they worked with UPR students in the following three projects:
(A) Monitoring of vegetation transition after wild fire on Kalimantan Tropical Peat Swamp Forest by using geographic information system and satellite images,
(B) Search for oil-producing microalgae for promising biofuel resources, and
(C) Field research on mercury contamination in Kahayan River.
The staff and students of UPR very friendly welcomed OIT members. And, though with some difficulty in English communication, they were able to discuss very actively and obtain meaningful results in research.
During the program, OIT students did a homestay in private homes of UPR staff and had a rare opportunity to experience the life and culture of local people.
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