While the scholarships form the core of the activities of the VDMS, we also developed courses to complement the formal programs of the Indonesian universities. As such, we mention the ‘leadership conferences’, and the ‘regional meetings’. Further, a special place are devoted to the ‘projects’, since these are focused on students from SMA’s and SMK’s. Outstanding experts, coming from Indonesia and outside, are the main contributors to our courses, which will described in more detail below:
Once or Twice a year, a Citizenship Workshop (CW) will take place. The main subject of the program will be an understanding and creating on how to develop a society. Core competence of this program will be worked out and discovered by the participants, which will be supported by facilitators. All participants will learn the idea of sustainability, and also will learn how to be an active citizen who creates sustainable affects to the community, to be active, proactive, creative, and critical. Thus the participants are expected to learn how to manage it. All competences are in the academic purpose; to broaden the perspective is on the surrounding environment. As a series of application and selection process, the participants are required to fill in and write down several questions. About 20 VDMI students who are in their 3rd and 4th year participate in a CW. CW held in Lembang and Salatiga (2017), Jatinangor and Bandungan (2018), and the last in Trawas (East Java) on August 2019
Each year, several Regional Meetings (RMs) take place, one in each of the different regions where our partner-universities reside. A VDMS student should have the possibility to visit at least one RM during his/her education, which implies that the RMs have a frequency of about three per year. Also the Person in Charge (PICs) for the VDMS at the universities and the alumni are invited. The program consists of lectures and exercises which focus on the development and strengthening of the cooperation among the students and with the staff of the universities. Network development is stimulated too. Problems of the students are discussed in (sub) groups during the RM and solutions are developed. Ways to increase the possibility of getting a job in the future are a topic as well. The RMs take mostly two adjacent days. There is no selection process. In 2017 and 2018, RMs were present in Gorontalo, Flores, Yogyakarta, and Jabodetabek-Bandung. In 2019, VDMI held 5 RMs were present in Semarang (Central Java), Kupang (East Nusa Tenggara), Manado (North Sulawesi), Padang (West Sumatera), and the last in Makassar (South Sulawesi) on October 2019.