My networks and experience during my stay in Manchester has given me the advantage of being promoted faster amongst my cohort.
Course dates: 2000 (MSc) and 2005 (PhD)
Current occupation: Senior Lecturer at The Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences, Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh, Indonesia
What route have you taken to get to your current position?
The academic route in Indonesia’s university system is quite straightforward. Starting with junior lecturer and based on academic performance, you will get promoted to lecturer, senior lecturer and professor consecutively. Of course, my networks and experience during my stay in Manchester has given me the advantage of being promoted faster amongst my cohort. For example, I was the youngest vice dean in my universities in year 2008 - 2012.
What does this position involve?
Teaching, supervising, doing research and community service. Sometimes it involves managerial tasks.
What do you most enjoy about your current role?
Meeting new people every year and seeing them develop to be successful in their future life. Also, the academic freedom in the university gives me an exciting live of my own.
What did you most enjoy about your course?
The world-class academic atmosphere.
What skills/knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Communication and cross cultural skills.
What advice would you give to students applying for the same programme that you took?
Try to stay in the student halls and believe me that this will be tremendously enjoyable. Also you will learn skills other than what you gain on your course. Also try to explore all facilities and activities the university provides. If you have problems, please talk to your mentor or supervisor as they will help you a lot (it worked in my case). Don’t keep your problems to yourself.