Academic Visit of Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta, Indonesia to UTM, 18 – 22 February 2009

In August 2007, 30 students from Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from UTM visited UMS, and conducted a landscape design for 6 days at Laweyan in Solo as well as studying cultural landscape of Central Jawa. The workshop was the prelude of collaboration between the two universities. UMS felt an honor to receive UTM, who then we considered our new member in Architecture UMS family till today.

On 18th to 22nd February 2009, 27 students and 4 lecturers from Department of Architecture, UMS visited UTM to conduct an academic visit and a similar design workshop. The academic journey begun in Kuala Lumpur, then to Putrajaya and finally to UTM in Skudai. The journey was like waking up in the morning after having a nice dream, and realizing that it was not only a dream. Cultural relationship between Indonesia and Malaysia has already travelled long history, but new history between UTM and UMS has just begun.

Along with the progress of UMS’s human resources, Department of Architecture of UMS aims is to improve academic atmosphere through a broader perspective. Architectural Field Trip and Workshop became an important experience which is now formally on the list of Curriculum 2009. Some potential collaboration will be taken care of, while emotional and personal relationship with UTM is in a need of formalization phase.

From the visit, UMS students found that the Malaysian architecture is different from Indonesian one.  Architecture in Malaysia shows a rapid and consistent development as shown by architecture in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. GDP Architect has shown us how the emerging of idea into a real architecture project. Petronas Twin Tower and Putrajaya show an enormous development as a new national identity, while Dataran Merdeka is still standing gracefully. Petaling Street and Down Town give more life to KL lifestyle. Down to Johor Bahru, we learnt a lot about landscape architecture in a real scale. Singapore is definitely showing another different example of city development. Urban Redevelopment Authority has sophisticatedly transformed the city country in a very cosmopolitan looks along with nice conservation move.

It is an important and strategic event. We were not only amazed with the architectural expression but also enjoyed UTM hospitality.  The moment was so touching that we would never forget. All UTM students and staffs are very helpful. Finally, we like to give our special thank to Dr. Ismail Said who made this journey possible.

Surakarta, Februari 2009
Wisnu Setiawan, S.T., M.Arch.
Head of Department of Architecture
Muhammadiyah University of Surakarta



Staff in charge

17 February 2009 Tuesday Dr. Ismail
12.25 pm Arrival of UMS students  
1.30 pm Lunch and solat  
2.30 pm – 5.30 pm Kuala Lumpur Performing Art Centre (KLPAC) and  Sentul West Park  
5.30 pm – 8.00 pm Check in at Heritage Hotel and self preparation  
8.00 pm Dinner at Hotel  
9.00 – 11.00 pm Bintang Walk and Petaling Street  
18 February 2009 Wednesday Dr. Ismail
7.00 am Breakfast  
8.00 am GDP Architect Damansara  
9.00 – 12.00 pm Project presentation by GDP Architect
Q&A session
12.00 – 2.00 pm Lunch break and solat  
2.00 –  6.00 pm KLCC Tower and KLCC Park  
6.00 – 8.00 pm Going back to hotel and self preparation  
8.00 pm Dinner at  Heritage Hotel  
9.00 – 11.00 pm Downtown, Cheras  
19 February 2009 Thursday Dr. Ismail
6.30 am Breakfast  
7.30 am Check-out from Heritage Hotel  
9.00 – 10.00 am Project presentation by Jabatan Landskap dan Taman Putrajaya (Development of Putrajaya)  
10.00 am -12.00 am Precinct 1 Prime Minister Office, Dataran Putra & Masjid Putra, SOUQ, Promenade Precinct 1, National Millennium Monument  
12.00 am- 2.00 pm Lunch break and solat  
2.00 am – 5.00 pm Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Dataran Wawasan, Dataran Putrajaya, Dataran Rakyat, Dataran Gemilang, Jabatan Seri Gemilang  
5.00 pm Depart to UTM Skudai, Johor Bahru  
7.30 – 9.00 pm Solat and Dinner at Restoran Jejantas Ayer Keroh, Melaka  
11.00 pm Arrive at UTM and check – in hostel  
20 February 2009 Friday PM Zainul Hakim
7.30 pm Breakfast  
8.00 am Depart to Singapore  
9.30 -12.30 pm Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)  
12.30 – 1.30 pm Lunch and solat  
1.30 – 3.30 pm Marina Bay, Merlion Park, Singapore Esplanade  
4.00 – 6.00 pm Chinatown  
6.00 pm Going back to UTM  
8.00 pm Dinner  
10.00 pm Arrive at UTM and Adjournment  
21 February 2009 Saturday  
7.30 am Breakfast  
8.00 am Depart to Faculty of Built Environment Dr. Hamidah Ahmad, Dr. Ismail, Dr Kei
8.30 am Presentation of students and workshop result  
9.00 am -12.00am Presentation and knowledge share from lecturers or architect: Bu Dhani Mutiari, Irawan, Bu Indrawati/Pak Nurhasan, and discussion with faculty or postgraduate students at Seminar Room BO3, Faculty of Built Environment, UTM  
12.00 – 2.00 pm Lunch at Linangan Jernih and Solat  
2.00  – 6.00 pm Horizon Hills and Putri Harbor, Nusajaya En. Ahmad Long, En. Wan Yusrizal
6.00 – 7.30 pm Depart to Dr. Ismail House  
7.30 – 9.00 pm Dinner at Dr. Ismail House  
9.00 -10.30 pm Danga Bay  
22 February 2009 Sunday  
7.30 am Breakfast  
8.00 am – 12.00 pm Depart to Taman Merdeka and Hutan Bandar, Johor Baharu PM Dr. Mohd. Sarofil, PM Zainul Hakim
12.00 – 2.00 pm Lunch and solat  
2.00 – 4.00 pm Plaza Angsana, Johor Baharu  
4.00 pm Going back to UTM  
6.00 pm Dinner at Hostel and check-out  
7.00 pm Depart to Sultan Ismail International Airport, Senai  
8.00 pm Check-in for departure  
10.05 pm Depart to Jakarta  

Students Comments

Name: ACHNIN SETIAWAN, NIM: D300 060 008

I cannot get the knowledge and development anywhere anytime. The development in Malaysia is very fast. These field trip and workshop was the first I participated, and it is a good way to change myself.

Name: ANISHA FAUZANI P, NIM: D300 060 017

Visiting Malaysia made me impressed, because of its good urban planning and development and also various plants exist in very good condition. Moreover when I saw Petronas as a new identity and landmark of Malaysia, it is very amazing.

Name: ARDIANS TRI K, NIM: D300 060 030

The precious knowledge is that we can share the knowledge we have to be useful for everyone. With sincere cooperation we can produce wonderful thing.

Name: MUH. BARLIANTA, NIM: D300 060 044

I got new experience and knowledge about making good building and landscape. Someday, I want to be as good as Dr. Ismail, my special thank for UTM..

Name: BOWO DESWANTORO, NIM: D300 060 022

  • To learn and find much knowledge it is not a must to go to the biggest one, but to the right one. In a right place there are much true and broad knowledge.
  • Someone will be a great people when he gives much kindness and share to others continuously, and a country will be great too when it also gives the best things to its entire citizen.
  • It was so exciting for the beauty of Putrajaya, until I felt unable to express. To show my gratitude for Dr. Ismail and UTM student’s kindness and hospitality, I have no words left to say but thank you.

Name: DEFINA PS, NIM: D300 060 012

Thank you very much to Mr. Ismail Said and all friends from UTM for anything you gave to us. I felt very happy and got a lot of fun when I was in Malaysia, mainly because of your support and hospitality. Once more, I thank you so much and hope to see you again…

Name: DIANI RUHUD D., NIM: D300 060 002

A lot of beautifull thing contains real thing as my experience during the visit.

Name : DWI SETYAWAN, NIM: D300 060 032

The wonderfull thing can be true because of true fellowship for one good purpose.

Name: FAJAR WIBOWO, NIM: D300 060 005

The journey made my motivation to learn is more impetuous to make amazing idea and be beneficial to others. I express my thanks to Dr. Ismail who have given many input.

Name: FINISHIA AGUNG DS, NIM: D300 060 038

Doing join study with Universiti Technology Malaysia can add my knowledge. It can also enlarge network worldwide for my future work.

Name: ISMAIL JULI ARTO, NIM: D300 060 042

It gave me precious experience and motivation to be better, thanks a lot UTM

Name: KURNIA NURUL A., NIM: D300 060 043

In Malaysia, I got so much knowledge and experience, from UTM and also my personal experience. I hope this can be useful in the future.

Name: MARINA EKA P., NIM: D300 060 011

After traveling in Malaysia and Singapore for 6 days, I cannot express my gratitude in proper words for my admiration of the journey. I have to thank to Dr. Ismail and all UTM friends.

Name: MIFTACHUL AMIN, NIM: D300 060 029

Thanks for you all in UTM……..
Because you are my support for my future!!!!!!

Name: NOVITA INDRA SARI, NIM: D300 060 033

Initially, I like to thank very much to UTM students who have given me knowledge about Malaysia. Knowledge which I got will become motivation for me to make my country better in future. Thanks also for Mr. Ismail Said who have shared experience and give much advice to me.

Name: NURAINI MARSUDI, NIM: D300 060 003

I got much motivation to improve my creativity to make good design, and I am happy to see good urban planning and design examples.Aku mendapat motifasi untuk menambahkan kreativitas di dalam membuat karya yang baik. Aku senang mendapat kesempatan untuk melihat perencanaan dan perancangan berkenaan dengan kota baik.

Name: PARWANTO, NIM: D300 060 025

I feel myself very impecunious to the science, and InsyaAllah I will dig hidden potency inside of me to get more knowledge. Because ALLAH SWT created science for eternal world so that it will never used up by time as long as we work hard.

Name: PUJA KESUMA, NIM: D300 060 001

The knowledge which I got in Malaysia is one which I cannot find in class.

Name: RENGGA RESTU A., NIM: D300 060 031

  • Workshop in Malaysia gave an unforgetable experience in my life, I met peoples who have high dedication in education.
  • Knowledge doesn not come by itself, but it is awaiting to be found and used for the betterness of the world and future.

Name: RINA BUDIASIH, NIM: D300 060 019

Participating in Field Study at Malaysia – Singapore, I got many experience. Knowledge about designing space and landscape in Malaysia is very nice by using sophisticated technology. This lead to rapid state development growth.

Name: MUH. RONI R., NIM: D300 060 0006

Malaysia has different streets design with Indonesia. The form and design of streets in Malaysia are branched and enclosed. In green city in Malaysia, there is jungle in the middle of city; it is a very interesting landscape system

Name: SANDI PRAYOGA, NIM: D300 060 047

In Malaysia, I personally learnt most how to communicate or interact to others in everyday life, especially in knowledge sharing. I was very Iucky getting a chance to recognize Pak Ismail although only for 5 days. It will be inspiration for my life

Name: SITI ABADIYAH, NIM: D300 060 045

I feel too happy to visit Malaysia because I got special learnt and lesson. And I also feel happy to meet many new friends there.

Name: TITIK WIDIA ASTUTI, NIM: D300 060 026

Mr. Ismail Said, it was very nice to meet you and hopes to see you again. You gave much advice to us, shared knowledge and experience which we have never felt before. It could be impossible to get what you have taught. Your advice I will always remember forever. When visiting Malaysia, I felt like coming home to Riau, especially when I come to your house. I felt like to return to my own parents’ home.

Name: TRIYANINGSIH, NIM: D300 060 040

In Malaysia, we got new knowledge about landscape design and urban design. Building façade in Malaysia is unique and more modern, differently with building at Indonesia.

Name: WAWAN BUDI K., NIM: D300 060 019

A big dream of Malaysian people can very can happend because everyone is honest, responble, and cooperative to make the dream into real. I got new lesson from that expression. It encourages me to be more creative to build my dream.