World Class Professor

World Class Professor Program

The World Class Professor (WCP) program is a research project  aimed to strengthen cooperation between institutions and to promote the creation of a global satellite research center initiated by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education. The WCP program invited some professors from top rank universities to be visiting professors in Indonesian Universities. This program, importantly gives an opportunity for Indonesian researchers to visit the home universities of the visiting professors through an exchange program. This visit is also aimed to foster Indonesian researchers to learn and exchange knowledge to increase the quality of publications in International journals through joint publications and research.

As a part of the WCP program, the Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies (CESASS) of Gadjah Mada University (Yogyakarta) collaborates with the Center for coastal disaster Mitigation and rehabilitation studies (PKMBRP), Diponegoro University (Semarang), and the Center for Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Studies, Syiah Kuala University (Aceh). The three research centers gather as a WCP consortium to conduct some researches on the issue of “Ecological Communication in Maritime Disaster Management in Southeast Asia”. The WCP Program started in August 2017.


These are some visiting professors advising the WCP program at CESASS UGM

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hanitzsch

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hanitzsch  is a professor of Communication Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) Munich, Germany and currently covers the role of Director of Research in the faculty of  Communication Science and Media Research. Hanitzsch’s research is focused on journalism, media and international comparative communication. Between 2012 and 2015 Hanitzsch has been the Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious journal “Communication Theory” and has edited and published books as The Handbook of Journalism Studies (Routledge, 2009), and The Handbook Of Comparative Communication Research (Routledge, 2012).  Hanitzch has chaired the European Communication Research and Education Association’s Journalism Studies Section from 2010 to 2014. Currently, Hanitzsch leads the Worlds of Journalism Study, an international project that aims to assess the state of journalism and the transformation of this profession throughout the world.

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Prof. Dr. Judith Schlehe

Prof. Judith Schlehe is a professor and director of the Department of Socio-Cultural Anthropology of Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany.  She has published, among others, studies regarding cultural globalization and intercultural issues, religious dynamics, gender, religion and the anthropology of disaster. Prof. Schlehe has been conducting fieldwork research in Southeast Asian countries since 1986. Currently, she is one of the main researchers on Southeast Asian Studies and FRIAS (Freiburg Advance Studies) Freiburg University.

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Prof. Dr. David Robie

Prof. Dr. David Robie is a professor in Communication Science at Auckland University Technology (AUT). He is currently the director of the Pacific Media Centre and editor in-chief for the Pacific Journalism Review. Robie is known for his participation on board of the Greenpeace eco-navy flagship Rainbow Warrior that was bombed by French secret agents in 1985. In his academic career, Robie has  focused his work on political crisis and indigenous communities issues in the Asia-Pacific region, he believes that media supervision and further research in this field will give a major contribution to the communication industry. Robie has been working as a journalist in the Asia-Pacific region for more than two decades and has covered, among others, issues as post-colonial coup d’état, indigenous struggle for independence, as well as, environmental and development issues. As a writer, Robie has written numerous academic articles and books regarding politics and media such as Don’t Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, mayhem, and human rights (2014), Eyes of Fire: The Last Voyage of the


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