Bali International Student Festival (BISF)


What is Bali International Student Festival (BISF) ?

The Bali International Student Festival 2022 is a conference consisting of panels that will be discussed about the effect of “Youth Empowerment : Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders”. 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

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Grand Theme

Youth Empowerment : Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders

Panels Theme


Mental Health

Tourism Culture

Climate Change


Peace & Security


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Technical Selection

Participants/candidates need to submit a letter of motivation addressing the great theme of “Youth Empowerment : Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders” and their role in a community that motivates them to participate in the festival.

Panels Description


National surveys show that young adults have amongst the lowest levels of financial literacy. This is reflected by their general inability to choose the right financial products and often, a lack of interest in undertaking financial planning. Though financial literacy may vary from education backgrounds and income levels, research shows that highly educated consumers with high incomes can be just as ignorant about financial issues as less-educated consumers with a lower income.

Financial literacy combines financial, credit, and debt management knowledge that is necessary to make responsible financial decisions or choices that are integral to our everyday lives. Financial literacy includes paying off debt, creating a budget, and understanding the difference between various financial instruments. In sum, financial literacy has a material impact on families as they try to balance their budget, buy a home, fund their children’s education, or ensure an income for retirement. In this panel, we will discuss how we can raise awareness of financial literacy for youth.

Male Japanese professional sitting at a table in a co-working space, using laptop computer.
Mental logjam

Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers, especially for young people who have suffered from mental illness.

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.

The National Institute of Mental Health from 2022 found that young adults aged 18-25 years had the highest prevalence of any mental illness (30.6%) compared to adults aged 26-49 years (25.3%) in the U.S.

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.

As the world continues 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. In this panel, we will discuss strategies for mental health management and how we can maintain the mental health of today’s youth.

Tourism & Culture

Tourism brings together people from various cultures, backgrounds, and traditions. Tourists share their impressions and stories about the places and people they visit. This industry is widely regarded as a driving force behind ongoing economic development and cultural interaction.

However, it is critical to recognize that tourism should be evaluated not only in terms of tangible economic benefits but also of its potential impact on society and culture.

Tourism helps to preserve our traditions, way of life, and authenticity while also creating numerous economic opportunities. According to current tourism trends, a growing number of visitors seek indigenous and community-based cultural experiences.

However, globalization has a number of unexpected consequences, both positive and negative, for the economy and society. In today’s globalized world, the preservation of cultural diversity elicits conflicting and contentious reactions.

Tourism experiences are frequently adapted to meet the expectations and desires of visitors, resulting in a loss of authenticity of local experiences and goods and threatening local cultural identity.

It is argued that globalization causes a wide range of trends, such as cultural convergence, cultural differentiation, and cultural hybridization (Pieterse, 1996).

In this panel, we can learn more about how we can preserve the culture amidst the changing world, as well as what we can do as young and future leaders to maintain our genuine local value.

Women in festive clothes praying in the temple. Bali, Indonesia.

Climate Change

Climate change is a problem that humans always want to end. The greenhouse effect from various “dirty” energies can increase the earth’s temperature. IPCC reports that roughly 45% of the world population is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Simon Donner, the leading author of IPCC reports, said that the number of days that could be classified as undergoing marine heatwaves had increased more than 50 percent in the past century. This is a serious problem and as future leaders, we should learn how to overcome it.

Fossil fuels are one of the “dirty” energies that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. In order to reduce it, many countries are making the transition from fossil fuel energies to renewable energies that are supposedly friendlier to the ecosystem.

In this panel, we will discuss the challenges and prospects of renewable energy, as well as what we, as future leaders, can do to advocate and lead the way for a clean energy revolution.


The COVID-19 pandemic has essentially changed the way education is carried out. Currently, online platforms are used as a substitute for face-to-face meetings in order to curb the spread of the virus.

According to The World Bank, with the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), 180+ countries mandated temporary school closures, leaving 1.6 billion children and youth out of school at its height and affecting approximately 85% of children worldwide. While most countries are working towards reopening schools, there are still intermittent closures and the use of hybrid learning.

In the current modern era, technology played and continues to play an essential role to deliver education to students outside of school. It is because of the good utilization of technology that education can also be held within an online system or even by hybrid learning. Education can be done by remote learning technologies using the combinations of TV, radio, and online & mobile platforms.

However, many children in developing countries cannot participate in remote learning. Limited access to remote learning among children in developing countries is some of the issues facing digitalization for education in this modern era.

In this panel, we will discuss how digitalization for education brings advantages in the modern era, as well as what can be done to cope with issues facing digitalization for education in the modern era.

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Peace & Security

The Covid-19 pandemic that struck in 2020 began as a health crisis. But soon enough, it started to hamper economic progress which led to rising unemployment and food insecurity. International tensions were then fueled by protectionism and supply chain disruptions, as efforts toward multilateralism seemed to have waned. The pandemic has also exposed systemic inequalities, whether it be regarding race, gender, or the economy.

As the world goes through these multiple crises, youth often face a sense of uncertainty about the future. Meanwhile, our ideas, participation, and engagement hold a crucial role as torch-bearers of the future. In this panel, we will discuss how youth could play an active role in addressing and navigating global crises.


  • Pieterse, J. N. (1996). Globalisation and Culture: Three Paradigms. Economic and Political Weekly, 31(23), 1389–1393.


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