Three students from the Master of Science in Economics of FEB UGM who accompanied as a team won the best paper at the XX ISEI National Seminar and Congress, held on 8-10 August 2018, at The Trans Luxury Hotel, Bandung. The team members are Nadia Fazira, Riska Dwi Astuti, and Rodhiah Umaroh. They are fourth-semester students in economics study programs. In the interview, they said that joining the competition can be beneficial for them to get more experiences in the scientific field. Riska said, “We got many experiences because we met the government officials and could emulate their knowledge.”
ISEI-Ikatan Sarjana Ekonomi Indonesia (Indonesian Bachelor of Economics Association in English) has central and regional boards. The XX ISEI National Seminar and Congress is a series of the periodical events that held in order to elect the new head of ISEI Center. Perry Warjiyo, the Governor of Bank Indonesia, was elected as the head of the ISEI Center. In this event, the XX ISEI National Seminar and Congress arranged parallel sessions of 12 selected papers. The MSc FEB UGM team’s paper successfully selected, and they were invited to present their paper in this event. The MSc FEB UGM team presented a paper entitled “The Effect of Public Health Insurance on the Informal Sector Workers’ Welfare in Indonesia – Pengaruh Jaminan Kesehatan Masyarakat terhadap Kesejahteraan Pekerja Sektor Informal di Indonesia (in Bahasa).” Their paper was awarded to be the best paper.
Nadia Fazira and Riska Dwi Astuti motivated their colleagues in MD FEB UGM to participate in the events that can deliver new knowledge, experience, and scientific insight. “We as participants do not need to think about losing or win, the most important thing is to follow the process because we will get valuable experience from the process, when it happens [winning the best paper] is a bonus,” Riska said. The paper presented by them is the course assignment that they tried to submit in that event. The final word from Nadia Fazira is when a course requests to produce a paper, finish it seriously, do not just fulfill the course assignments because we can submit it in writing events [Seminar or Conference]. This team also expressed their gratitude to MD FEB UGM because the education in MD FEB UGM encourages them to achieve their dreams. Congratulations to the team, and proud to be MD. (TLU)