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Gifts from Minister of Education short visit   Leave a comment

Today, our Minister of National Education, Mr.Muhammad Nuh, came visiting us with his team as part of series of European visits. Initially, the gathering was intended as private session between a number of Dikti scholarship holders with the Ministry of National Education team. But, it turned out to be an open gathering, as more people outside the scholarships grantees were showing interest to join the event.

Limited with time before next flying to Geneve, not much time was given to all audiences to have everyone spoke for their concern and question. But, I this 2 hours discussion was enough to make sure that most issues are addressed. The talk started with Mr.Minister giving the introduction. He gave some brief updates about what the Ministry are doing with regards to national education sector.

The session continued with question/answer session with Mr. Minister first having the whole questions answered from general side, and in the last part of the discussion, the Director General of Higher Education elaborated some detailed answers. Most of the questions ranges from some scholarship management challenges dikti needed to tackle and the opportunity for extending the grant.

My hunger because of skipping lunch were compensated with the discussion which I found pretty clear, engaging and giving my self more beliefs with Indonesia’s future. He mentioned that Indonesia are now focusing the higher education sector to three development priorities in the future. Those are engineering, science and agriculture. Of total university people, engineering, science and agriculture only account for around 11%, 3.3% and 3.6% respectively (correct me the number if I’m wrong). While not intending to underrate other sector – business, politic, law and other social science – our national education budget will be mainly used to foster the three sectors.

He also proudly said on Indonesia geographical and demographical’s education complexity as something more developed economies regarded as of potential value. As gross participation number (angka partisipasi kasar – APK) gradually increases, so does the spending of national education budget. Increasingly, they target to boost the budget spending to Rp 1,000 trillion, 4 times of current spending on education. Since Indonesia’s education spending is set to 20% of total national budget, it means total national budget is also bigger. Something which is not caught to my eye. It is great to know that our nation, at least our minister, seriously plans seed for young generation to stand up for brighter future. However, continuous and serious monitoring on where the money flows and used is also worth of consideration. As the minister said, what happen to the fund is not actually kept by center government, but distributed to local government in 33 provinces and further to more than 300 regencies all over Indonesia. Out of 240 trillion budgeted fund for Ministry of Education, about 150 trillion is distributed to them for further management. It is on these points careful government internal control and close monitoring must be placed. We understand how these little new kings are full of sophisticated conflict of interest needs to be overcome. Until that happen, we can not just rely on the accounting-based report.

I guess, it is time, in fact everyday, for us to set our mindset that Indonesia can not, and will not be overlooked anymore as a nation. We have everything we need to be a great nation. Sounds cliché, but with a relentless effort on eradicating corruption, building people capacity through education, and maintaining better management on our national asset, we can be the next china or india.


Posted July 3, 2011 by hamzahritchi in Scholarships and Study

Where to go, accounting profession?   Leave a comment

When thinking about accounting education in Indonesia, my highest concern is creating as well as sustaining a proven accounting graduates in the market. Market is increasingly demanding them to be more responsive and adaptive with recent business development. They are not projected merely as a scorekeeper and operationally-centered worker. Nor do they expected to master on just audit skills.

Have Indonesia universities done the utmost to accomplish the goal? well, I guess, the dream is still long way to go. Many of these accountant wannabe supplier still struggle to meet the basic needs such as minimum number of students, teaching staff wealth, and many more. It doesn’t mean that, I by no means, don’t credit the current achievement. Only, I just feel that there is something missing in shaping our students internally.

What I see on current process is that we undeliberately transform them into what I call an accountant with limited organizational view. We place them in a tunnel of limited capability along the way, fueling them with merely basic capability with no limited knowledge of how organization works as a weapon. If they turn out to be auditor, they’re just an auditor with a limited view of enterprise.

The emerging information era and a rapid complexity and risks in business have transformed market expectation on them to be an information workers and business analyst. They are now expected to provide solution for business challenge instead of just merely providing number crunching for the executive annual/monthly meeting, and leave those execs to decide next course of action. Accounting graduates should position themselves to be an integral part of the organization, whatever their role will be, be it an auditor, consultant, tax consultant or other roles. And I guess the most appropriate role they can take is as an analyst. To be a business/system analyst, one ought to be knowledgeable about specific organization’s business processes. They must know how information flows from one state to another.

A part of crucial element constituting accounting expertise is the mastery of information system. University must revamp their orientation to produce a capable user or an excel project manager. They must start to think their students as a future analyst, who will address both user needs and IS development project.

Posted February 19, 2009 by hamzahritchi in Scholarships and Study

[Call For Papers] Asia Modelling Symposium 2009   1 comment

Deadline : 31 Januari 2009.
AMS2009 will be held over 3 day period in Indonesia, with days 1 and 2 on 25 and 26 May in Bandung and day 3 on 29 May in Bali. For participants starting their trip in the UK, the conference organizers are preparing a 10 day travel and accommodation package to include 4 days in Bandung and 6 days in Bali, details will be made available on this website in due course.


Call for Papers
The Symposium will focus on all aspects of modelling and simulation techniques, particularly those involving intelligent and hybrid intelligent systems in engineering, remote sensing and wireless technologies. Models in computational intelligence, hybrid and connectionist systems, evolutionary algorithms and fuzzy systems are used by designers, implementers and managers to improve understanding, evaluation and assessment. Modelling and Simulation techniques provide fundamental support at all stages of the life cycle in application areas such as industry, business, energy, transport and the environment.

Papers are invited in these and other areas:
– Industry, Business and Management
– Algorithms, Methods and their Applications
– Methodologies and Tools
– Energy, Power Generation and Distribution
– Distributed Systems and Networks
– Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
– Environment and Health
– Education and Training
– Bioinformatics
– Remote Sensing applications & technologies – Robotics, Fuzzy modelling, Control and Automation
– Software Agents and Agent Based Simulation
– Knowledge and Data Mining
– Neural Networks and Evolutionary Computation
– Swarm Intelligence & Technology
– Architectures of Intelligent Systems
– Image, Speech and Signal Processing
– Internet Modelling, Semantic Web and Ontologies
Submission Guidelines
You are invited to submit:
– full paper of 6 pages (A4 format) for oral presentation,
– proposal to organize a technical session and/or workshop.

Submissions must be original, unpublished work containing new and interesting results that demonstrate current research in all areas of intelligent systems modelling and simulation and their applications in science, technology, business and commerce. As in previous years (see AMS2007 and AMS2008 on the IEEE website) the proceedings of the Conference will be published in the IEEE Digital Library. The conference is organised by Asia Modelling and Simulation Society and is co-sponsored by

– IEEE UK &RI Computer Chapter
– Asia Modelling & Simulation Society
– UK Simulation Society
– European Council for Modelling & Simulation

Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper. All papers are to be submitted electronically,- see full instructions under Paper Submission below, in PDF or Word format. All papers will be peer reviewed by at least three independent referees of the international program committee of AMS2009.

Authors of the best papers will be invited to revise and extend their work for publication in a special issue of theInternational Journal of Simulation: Systems, Science and Technology.
Conference website:

Posted January 22, 2009 by hamzahritchi in Scholarships and Study