On 22 and 23 February 2024, eight students from the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science (FPIK) Diponegoro University flew to Japan to undergo an internship program at several companies in Japan for two semesters. This internship program is not only a bold step, but also a great and huge opportunity for students to develop themselves in an international work environment. This departure also marks the continuation of the Merdeka Belajar Kampus Merdeka (MBKM) internship program which has been implemented by FPIK Undip for the past few years.

The eight students who left for internships in Japan are students from the Fishery Product Technology (THP) and Marine Science study programs. They undergo internships at Japanese companies that focus on the field of shellfish cultivation and seafood processing. During their internships at several companies in Japan, FPIK Undip students will be able to learn directly from leading industry practitioners in their fields. Several months before departure, the students had undergone intensive Japanese language training, provided by LPK Kokorono Siji as part of their preparation before entering the work environment in Japan.

The departure of these eight students is the beginning of other upcoming departures of other FPIK students to Japan, who have also successfully passed the internship selection in Japan. With this internship program, students are expected to apply the knowledge they get and gain valuable experience in the international fisheries and marine industry. The hope of the university and faculty is that the MBKM internship program to Japan can be sustainable and successful, so that later students can return to Indonesia and contribute optimally to the advancement of the fisheries and marine sector in the country.