Archive for October, 2007

Published by admin on 30 Oct 2007

University Summit in Kyushu 2007


The second university summit was hosted by Kyushu University in Fukuoka on 26-28 October 2007. Kyushu University convened the first “University Summit in Kyushu” in May 2000 for the purpose of discussing current challenges facing university management, as well as research and educational activities in a global context with senior executives from leading higher education institutions. Through the two forums, Kyushu University is trying to deepening its contribution to international higher education and international society.

The second University Summit is part of an extensive program of events culminating in Kyushu Universit’s centennial anniversary in 2011. The summit highlighted the theme of “Integrating Global Universities and Local Communities in the 21st Century”. Six universities represented by their institution leaders participated and presented their papers in the events. Those six universities are: Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia), University of Tehran (Iran), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), University of Sao Paolo (Brazil), Shanghai Jhiao Tong University (China), and Kyushu University (Japan).

In this event, Gadjah Mada University was represented by University Chancellor Prof. Dr. Sudjarwadi, accompanied by Dr. Joko Luknanto. Some of the Gadjah Mada University staffs who are currently studying in Kyushu University were also invited to attend the event on the second day. In that event, Prof. Dr. Sudjarwadi presented a paper entitled “The university as a resource for prosperous local communities: a case study of Gadjah Mada University”. After the summit, Prof. Sudjarwadi invited us to discuss about the Gadjah Mada University current condition and future plan. The discussion was started at 18pm and finished at 22pm.

Published by admin on 22 Oct 2007

The Journey to the Other Planet

Purnama“You have to go to the other planet!” Those are the words spoken by my colleague to me when he knew that I was accepted to study my doctoral degree in Malaysia few months ago; as a courteous response of his disagreement if I study in that country. And now, his words come true! Yes, I’m now living in the other planet named JAPAN! Maybe the words he said few months ago was a “doa” (words of worship) for me. Only Alloh knows.

Kyushu University, one of the best universities in Japan, and even in the world, is the place for pursuing my doctoral degree in engineering. I had never realized that I would study in the “country of the other planet”. This opportunity just came to me easily and smoothly, not as difficult as most of my friends experienced to get a scholarship to study there. This journey was started few months ago when a friend of mine who is my colleague from Geology Department UGM, who at that time was a research associate in the Department of Earth Resources and Engineering, Kyushu University, sent email to two of my colleagues at my Department, informing that there were some scholarship for international students to study for PhD in Faculty of Engineering. The email was actually also intended for me, but because my colleague from Dept Geology UGM did not know my email address, he asked my two colleagues for help to forward the email to me. Based on this information, I then tried to search the potential supervisor in the Faculty of Engineering, University, who has the same interest in research area. From the University website, I found that Environmental Geo-Technology Lab, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, is the most suitable lab for me, with one of the research areas is Geographic Information Science. I then contacted Prof Tetsuro Esaki, the head of the laboratory, through email attached with my CV and proposed research outline, confirming my intention to study. Few days later, he responded my email, telling me that I was put as the highly ranked candidate against the other candidates from other countries such as China, Bangladesh, and Nepal as well as Indonesia.

Few months later, I met my Dept Geology colleague (he at that time was a HiLink Research Project official who supervises my department project funded by JICA) in my office. He congratulated me for my successful achievement in getting the Monbusho scholarship. I always remember his words. He says, getting a Japanese scholarship are very difficult for most people. But either way, it is seems so easy for some people.

Indeed, I feel my way to go to “the other planet” was very easy. Alhamdulillah, all the praise only goes to Alloh, my GOD, my KING, my GUARDIAN, my GUIDANCE. And thanks to my beloved wife who finally agree with my decision to study in “the other planet”.