Bali International Student festival (bisf)


What is Bali International Student Festival (BISF) ?

The Bali International Student Festival 2021 is a conference consisting of panels that will be discussed about the effect of “Post-Pandemic World”. The importance of involvement and evaluating the effect of each of us on global society will be discussed.

The festival will bring together inspired young people that want to exchange ideas and work out solutions together. the conferences virtually held by Indonesia Youth Foundation, Non-government Public Diplomacy Organization in Indonesia.

Aim of the Program

The Bali International Student Festival aims to

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Grand Theme

Post-Pandemic World

Panels Theme

Digital Economy


Mental Health


Tourism Culture

Youth Empowerment


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Selection Criteria

Technical Selection

Participants/candidates need to submit a letter of motivation addressing the great theme of “Post-Pandemic World” and their role in a community that motivates them to participate in the festival.

Panels Description

Digital Economy

There is a significant difference in the impact of the Covid-19 for several business sectors, some have had extensive negative impact but also some of them have decisive impact, this can be seen from what sector the business is in.

However for the digital economy business sector itself, the impact of the post-pandemic is clear and profitable. With vast majority of interactions between people and their colleagues must take place virtually and consider effects; on the demand-side, work from home, social distancing and business shifting online can increase the demand for digital connectivity and services, pandemic of covid-19 had transformed the necessity of digital transformation to business longevity.

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The covid-19 pandemic has led to an inevitable surge in the use of digital technologies due to the social distancing norms and nationwide lockdowns. Digital technology was transforming the nature of work before the pandemic.

ICT for Development Researcher, Daniel Oscar Baskoro stated that due to the pandemic, there are three things that will change in the use of technology. First, More Technology, since the pandemic there will be more new technologies that will emerge that will be utilized by our society to support their daily needs.

Second, More Automation, after the pandemic appears, there will be many new automations that will emerge in various kinds of industries. For example, when a pandemic occurs, many retail industries must be closed and do not employ their employees. Therefore, it is estimated that many companies will create robots to replace employees for work.

Third, Less Mobility or Borderless Work. By utilizing existing digital facilities people can do work remotely. Usually people have to travel to other countries to promote their projects, now thanks to the help of technology people can do it in their own homes without having to travel.

Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders.

During the pandemic, about 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, a share that has been largely consistent, up from one in ten adults who reported these symptoms from January to June 2019.

A KFF Health Tracking Poll from July 2020 also found that many adults are reporting specific negative impacts on their mental health and well-being, such as difficulty sleeping (36%) or eating (32%), increases in alcohol consumption or substance use (12%), and worsening chronic conditions (12%), due to worry and stress over the coronavirus.

As the pandemic wears on, ongoing and necessary public health measures expose many people to experiencing situations linked to poor mental health outcomes, such as isolation and job loss.

The pandemic has both short- and long-term implications for mental health and substance use, particularly for groups at risk of new or exacerbated mental health disorders and those facing barriers to accessing care.

continue to discuss further actions to alleviate the burdens of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be important to consider how the increased need for mental health and substance use services will likely persist long term, even if new cases and deaths due to the novel coronavirus subside.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has essentially changed the way education is carried out. Currently, online platforms are used to substitute face-to-face meetings in order to curb the spread of the virus. According to UNESCO, most countries have temporarily closed educational institutions to contain the spread of Covid-19, which as a result, has impacted around 91% of the world’s student population.

Nevertheless, challenges still remain; there are still digital gaps among countries in regards to their technological infrastructure and literacy. In fact, many countries have not been prepared yet to adapt with this significant transformation, which might hinder students from easily and effectively accessing education during the pandemic.

It could be seen that Covid-19 has created the worst crisis to learning and education in a century due to the unpreparedness of many countries, which also resulted in 94 percent of students from all over the world being forced to be out of school as of April 2020.

Tourism & Culture

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, tourism, which contributed to 10 percent of the global GDP in 2019, has become the worst affected sector among all economic sectors. It was projected that international tourist arrivals were about to plunge by 60 to 80 percent in 2020, and it is likely that tourism spending would not return to pre-crisis levels until 2024.

Consequently, 20 million jobs are unfortunately put at risk. On the other hand, the promotion of local cultures to international tourists has also been hindered due to the current prohibition of travelling.

Taking into account the significance of tourism in the sustenance of the global economy and the promotion of local cultures, the recovery of the tourism sector unquestionably needs to be prioritized.

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Youth Empowerment

The Covid-19 pandemic, which has disrupted almost all aspects of our lives, has generated the most significant effects among young people as they are more likely to experience the long-lasting and severe impacts of the pandemic.

According to the Global Survey on Youth and Covid-19 by partners of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, the effects of the pandemic on young people (aged 18-29) in terms of employment, education. mental health, rights, and social activism tend to be systematic, deep, and disproportionate, especially young women and youth in lower-income countries.

Hence, youth empowerment measures are necessary to be formulated to prevent and minimize the occurrence of those effects in the near-future.–en/index.htm

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