Kompetisi Karya Tulis Ilmiah Tingkat Mahasiswa Nasional (KATULISTIWA) is one of the annual work programs of one of the autonomous institutions in the Faculty of Economics and Business Universitas Brawijaya, the Lingkar Studi Mahasiswa Ekonomi (LSME). LSME is a forum for FEB UB students in developing their talents and interests in writing scientific papers. This autonomous institution has a commitment in supporting the effort of increasing the competence for the students to encourage the direct distribution of contributions through scientific papers.
KATULISTIWA which this year has entered its 9th year of implementation again provides a competitive forum as a means for students to contribute and channel their ideas through scientific writing competitions. With the theme “Strategy and Innovation of Development in the Digital Age to Facing Gold Indonesia 2045”, KATULISTIWA 9 invites all students in Indonesia to take part in the development revolution in Indonesia by channeling their ideas and aspirations through scientific writing competition.
The KATULISTIWA 9 event series was conducted gradually starting from the abstract collection by all applicants on December 28, 2016 – February 19, 2017 and has resulted in 150 abstract eligible teams qualifying for full paper. Participants who pass the abstract then given the time to complete and collect the full paper work from February 26, 2017 – April 2, 2017. Full paper selection is done by a jury who is competent and reliable in their field. After going through the selection stage, the 12 best teams had the opportunity to follow the next series of activities on 5-7 May 2017 in Universitas Brawijaya Malang.
On the first day (5/5/2017), participants who have arrived in the city of Malang directly directed to the hotel, precisely at Edotel SMKN 2 Malang. In the afternoon, participants will be present at Faculty of Economics and Business Universitas Brawijaya to attend technical meeting to know technical explanation and draw of serial number of presentation and study case. On this occasion the participants were also introduced to the organizing committee of KATULISTIWA 9 activities.
Then on the second day (6/5/2017), the event continued with presentation sessions and study case. Presentation and study case was held in the General Library Hall of Brawijaya University starting at 07.30 WIB – 16.30 WIB. Different from last year, KATULISTIWA 9 presents a new challenge for the participants by holding a study case session which is directly handled by the jury. Each team was given 30 minutes for presentations which included preparatory sessions, presentations, and question and answer with 3 judges. The three judges of KATULISTIWA 9 comes from 3 different faculties in Universitas Brawijaya namely, Yuita Arum Sari, S.Kom., M.Kom. (FILKOM), Yenni Kornitasari, SE., ME. (FEB), and Dr. Ir. Bambang Dwi Argo, DEA (FTP). While the study case will be conducted after the presentation session by 12 groups completed. The announcement of the winners and the prize delivery is also held on this day after all participants have finished presenting and study case. The result, the 1st winner was won by Politeknik Elektronika Negeri Surabaya, 2nd winner was achieved by Universitas Negeri Semarang, and 3rd place was achieved by Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November. After the presentation sessions and the study case finished, the participants immediately returned to the hotel to prepare for the gala dinner. Gala dinner session with participants and committee of KATULISTIWA 9 was held at Juliette Beach Resto which is located at Jl. Wilis. Equipped with the appearance of Homeband FEB, the event was a lively and successful event to be a welcoming event between participants and committee of KATULISTIWA 9.
On the last day (7/5/2017), participants conducted field trip to Eco Green Park. Together with several committees, participants were very enjoying this field trip activity. In addition to Eco Green Park, participants are also given the opportunity to visit one of the souvenir center in Malang. After a day of field trip activities, all participants immediately returned to the Faculty of Economics and Business Universitas Brawijaya to attend the closing of KATULISTIWA 9. This simple closing successfully invited the committee and participants emotionally accompanied by the vocal group performance of the LO. With the completion of this closing, it also end the events of KATULISTIWA 9. Congratulations to the winners and never stop to try.