Digital Networks and Social Integration in an Aging Society

International cooperation and exchange program Evangelische Hochschule Darmstadt (EHD) (Protestant University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt, Germany) and Vereinte Evangelische Mission (United Evangelical Mission) |  Satya Wacana Christian University (SWCU), Indonesia  |  27.06.2023, Virtual

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Michael Vilain and Dr. Matthias Heuberger


Inidividual social networks are a natural but rarely well reflected part of everyday life. As we grow older not only do our mental and physical abilities change. Also size and support capacity of personal networks decrease in old age, leading to growing isolation and loneliness. As recent studies show this can result in a loss of quality of life, a rise in multimorbidity or mental disorders. Hence, forms of rebuilding personal networks can contribute to the living situation of the elderly.

This lecture reflects a research project the IZGS conducted for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany) between 2016 and 2020. The results from two investigation areas show that it is possible to generate new sustainable and partially digitally organized personal caring- and sharing networks under certain circumstances.


About the Satya Wacana Christian University (SWCU):

Satya Wacana Christian University (SWCU), started out with the name Indonesian Christian Teaching Educational Tertiary Institution (PTPG-KI). It was officiated on November 30, 1956, with five departments, consisting of Education, History, English, Law, and Economics. PTPG-KI of Satya Wacana changed to become FKIP-KI on July 17, 1959. Then on December 5, 1959, it officially became Satya Wacana Christian University with the existence of the Economics Faculty and Law Faculty, which were then followed by the opening of several other new faculties and study programs.

As a private upper educational institution that is over 50 years old, Satya Wacana, which means “Faith in God’s Decrees”, continues to develop and is trusted by the society and government.

At this time, SWCU has 56 study programs which consist of 4 3-year Associate Degree study programs, 39 Undergraduate Degree study programs, 10 Master’s Degree study programs, and 3 Doctorate Degree study programs.