Dekan 33 tahun (Percaya deh, ini beneran di Indonesia!) : Quality is the key

April 28, 2009 § 2 Comments

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Jumat, 17/04/2009 06:59 WIB
Dekan FEUI Termuda: Saatnya Menghidupkan Tokoh-tokoh Muda
oleh Nurul Qomariyah, Wahyu Daniel – detikFinance


Firmazah (Foto: Wahyu/detikcom)

Jakarta – Firmanzah membuat kejutan dengan menjadi Dekan Fakultas Ekonomi UI termuda, pada usianya yang belum genap 33 tahun. Kehadiran ekonom-ekonom ataupun tokoh muda ini terasa segar di tengah tokoh-tokoh yang muncul selama ini terkesan itu-itu saja.Firmanzah mampu menjadi Dekan FEUI setelah mengalahkan para seniornya yang rata-rata sudah bergelar Profesor. Alumnus jurusan manajeman FEUI angkatan 1994 yang berusia genap 33 tahun pada Juni nanti itu antara lain mengalahkan kakak dari Menko Perekonomian Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Dr Ir Nining Indrayono Soesilo MA. Dalam pemilihan Dekan FE UI 14 April 2008, Firmanzah, Ph.D berhasil mengungguli 2 kandidat calon dekan lainnya, yaitu Prof Sidharta Utama PhD CFA dan Arindra A Zainal, PhD. Terpilihnya Firmanzah sebagai Dekan FE-UI periode 2009-2013, sekaligus mengukir sejarah sebagai Dekan termuda sepanjang sejarah UI dan sebagai pegawai BHMN pertama yang menjabat posisi Dekan. Bagaimana kisah pria yang biasa disapa Fiz ini bisa melenggang ke kursi tertinggi di FEUI? Berikut wawancara detikFinance dengan Firmanzah di kantornya, Dekanat FEUI, Depok, Kamis (16/4/2009).

Bagaimana rasanya terpilih menjadi Dekan FEUI di saat saingan anda begitu berat dan lebih senior dari anda?Tokoh-tokoh muda mati suri dan akhirnya mati suri, itu harus dihidupkan lagi tokoh-tokoh muda. Saat ini kita bicara tentang kinerja berbasis kompetensi dan itu harus dilakukan. UI sedang melakukan transformasi, Rektor yang melakukan itu. Membuat UI lebih fresh, UI keluar dari konservatisme. Lebih adaptif dengan kompetisi di tingkat regional dan juga global, jadi penuh dengan perubahan. Perlu komitmen universitas jadi kita memilih pemimpin fakultas karena kompetensinya. Bukan karena dukungan atau dia itu siapa dan asalnya dari mana. Itu budaya feodal. Aristokrasi, feodal, dan nepotisme itu sudah tidak relevan lagi saat ini, jadi pemilihan dekan saat itu murni dinilai dari kompetensi. Ini kompetisi, dan mekanisme pemengangnya lewat kompetensi, dan kita harus belajar untuk menjalankannya. Kita juga harus belajar, jangan karena si X ini saudara siapa maka lebih dipilih.


Apakah anda tidak mempunyai beban saat bersaing dengan senior waktu itu?
Ada beban karena bersaing dengan senior, bagaimanapun mereka itu dosen kita dan lebih berpengalaman. Namun itu konsekuensi yang sudah saya sadari sejak awal. Kita harus upgrade diri kita dengan cepat menyesuaikan diri dengan apa yang diinginkan institusi, karena semangat saja tidak cukup. Tapi kita harus belajar untuk menutupi kekurangan-kekurangan kita, belajar dari senior dan teman-teman yang lebih pengalaman.


Persiapan berapa lama?
Persiapannya ada persiapan umum seperti sekolah S3, buat buku dan tulisan yang dipublikasi secara internasional. Membuka jaringan dan komunikasi dengan senior. Persiapan khususnya ketika mengambil formulir pencalonan dekan.


Apa konsep yang anda tawarkan saat itu?
Saya lihat FEUI mempunyai sejarah yang panjang, kompleks, rumit dengan banyaknya lembaga dan program studi seperti ada Ilmu Studi Pembangunan, Ilmu Akuntasi dan Ilmu Manajemen. Tantangan kita ke depan adalah untuk melakukan internasionalisasi secara global. Kita tidak lagi head to head dengan UGM atau universitas lainnya di luar negeri, kita sekarang harus sejajar secara internasional. Dan kita tidak bisa sendiri, harus ada sinergi dari 3 program studi yang ada, dengan mahasiswa, dosen, dan sebagainya untuk memajukan FEUI.


Caranya bagaimana untuk bawa FEUI ke persaingan internasional?
Saya akan mengakselerasi kerjasama internasional. Baik itu mengundang dosen dari luar negeri untuk mengajar di sini, atau outbond, dalam arti dosen kita dikirim untuk mengajar ke luar negeri.


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Cruel Intentions and Bittersweet Symphony

April 25, 2009 § Leave a comment

I’m not exactly a movie freak but I love watching movies. Well, at least certain kinds. From the kinds that makes you hold your breath, full of anticipation, family/romantic comedy, crazy comedy (I love Jack Black), and even the ones with the weirdest coincidence (Just Like Heaven, My Sassy Girl).

Anyway, some movies I just can’t enjoy with my boyfriend (don’t ask me why). He hates some of the stuff I like, but hey, I’m pretty liberal myself so he can have his own opinion.

Anyway, talking about movies, yesterday I re-lived the most perfect moment in a movie. Cruel Intentions’ ending. The perfect blend of movie and music, cinematography at its maximum impact. The song was Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve, which pretty much sums up the movie plot, that life IS a bittersweet symphony. Above all, the truth and goodness will triumph. I especially love when Sarah Michelle Gellar walked out of the church, looked terrified and puzzled, with the music playing in the background. The key was in the music, the crescendo intro that leads to the moment where she appeared at the door. It was great acting and at that moment then.

The bad guy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who always worked hard for her socially perfect image was caught in the end, even with the cross-coke-container still filled with the cocaine.

Of course to fully appreciate this movie ending, you have to watch the movie. They really build up the story until the final climactic moment, it was a shocker and perfect ending at the very end.

And, seeking comfort, we sometimes wonder if in real life the true faces of the devil will be clear enough for us to see.

– ajeng, 26-4-2009 –

Disclaimer: I do not own the movie Cruel Intentions and the soundtrack Bittersweet Symphony.

Handsome goodlooking astronaut? Fabulous!

April 23, 2009 § 2 Comments

Had it not for AXN’s The Duke, one programme I happened to watch some time ago on cable, I wouldn’t have known that there’s a hunky astronaut from Malaysia, Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor. What caught my attention was definitely that for a real-life astronaut he looked good, an enthusiastic guy that seemed genuinely nice and hard-working. And the best part is that he’s an orthopedic surgeon (somehow I get the impression that this specialty is the new “macho” of medicine). And.. did I mention that he looked good? He looks like he can star in Armageddon. Wikipedia mentioned that he’s a part time model, but I don’t know this is before or after he became a celebrity-astronaut.

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He’s 35 years old, an orthopedic surgeon graduated from India (why India?), and conducted a research on board of Soyuz TMA-11 launched at 13:22 UTC, Wednesday, October 10, 2007. And check this out, he performed experiments on board the International Space Station relating to the characteristics and growth of liver cancer and leukemia cells, the crystallisation of various proteins and microbes in space. So, supposedly, it can lead to finding a cure for cancer (eventually). The mission was conducted on Ramadhan, so he did all the praying and fasting on board of the spacecraft.

Sounds too good to be true? Almost. Not to undermine the rigorous and difficult training and selection as astronaut, but departure of Malaysian astronaut in the spacecraft arose after Russia agreed to transport one Malaysian to the ISS as part of a multi-billion purchase of 18 Russian Sukhoi Su-30MKM fighter jets by Malaysia. Dr Shukor was selected at the end of 18 months of training in Russia (he mentioned outbound training in Siberia!).

I’m sure that he will never have any trouble receiving appropriate appreciation from the government as well as academic institution, perhaps getting his Ph.D in no time.

Indonesia’s own astronaut, Dr. Pratiwi Sudarmono, was selected to take part in the NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-61-H as a Payload Specialist in October 1985.

However, after the Challenger disaster the deployment of commercial satellites like the Indonesian Palapa B-3 planned for the STS-61-H mission was canceled, thus the mission never took place. She’s a medical doctor, received a Master’s degree from the University of Indonesia in 1977, and the Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Osaka, Japan, in 1984 (at the age of 32 years old). From 1994 to 2000, she was head of the Department of Microbiology of the Medical Faculty of the University of Indonesia. From 2001 to 2002, she was a scholar in the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program.

220px-pratiwi_sudarmonoI once watched an interview with Dr. Pratiwi. She said, once selected, an astronaut will always be an astronaut. You can never say that someone is an ex-astronaut. Like being a doctor. I can’t agree more. It’s not just marked by one trip to outer space, being one is a lifetime achievement, a remarkable accomplishment.

The Malaysian astronaut is now having the power of technology, media and publication is at its highest ability to communicate their achievement and finding. And for me this is an example for us to work harder, be confident, and to market our achievements.

It’s not just a matter of having brain and talent, it’s also having the environment capable of containing, nurturing and boosting your capabilities. I am doubtful that  this kind of resourceful environment is easy to find in Indonesia.

The benefit of Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor is being in the country that he is now, being where you can just be young, talented, fabulous, and take that advantage to accomplish something big not just for yourself but for your country and people. I humbly envy this.

-multatuli, 23/4/09-

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheikh_Muszaphar_Shukor

http://drsheikhmuszaphar.multiply.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratiwi_Sudarmono

Alfred Wallace: the peculiar Victorian character

April 11, 2009 § Leave a comment

As for now it is clear that I’m about to take on another adventure. This time it will last a little longer, hopefully 6 months. All I can think about now is the gear I have to bring, what kind of exciting and interesting settings I will encounter. I am astonished of this confidence myself, I hope this is a good sign.

I read about Alfred Wallace in March edition of international National Geographic Magazine. He was an explorer and a scientist. He was not initially wealthy but he had incredible curiosity. He collected species for commercial trade but he also carefully documented his findings and eventually published them. He didn’t have an easy journey and so it was obvious that he loved what he was doing.

For Indonesians, perhaps we are aware of the Wallace line, the line that geographically mark biodiversity between the western and middle/eastern part of Indonesia (picture shown below, from http://www.wku.edu/%7Esmithch/wallace/S718i.htm). He was recognized as the founder of biodiversity, although his academic reputation was still outranked by Charles Darwin.

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It was said that in National Geographic, “Besides being one of the greatest field biologist of the 19th century, he was a man of crotchety independence and lurching enthusiasm, a restless soul never quite satisfied with the place in which he lived, a believer in spiritualism… who by these and his eccentricities gave his detractors some grounds for dismissing him as a crank.

The question that no scholar or biographer has adequately answered is: How to reconcile such brilliant achievements, radical convictions and incautious zealotries within one human character… If he hadn’t existed, this Alfred Wallace, it would’ve taken a very peculiar Victorian novelist to create him.

During his Malay expedition, Wallace had traveled 14.000 miles within the Malay archipelago alone, made 60-70 separate journeys, and collected 125.660 specimens. Fame was not important to him; ideas were. He had traveled far and widely, both in geographical space and intellectual breadth.”

It’s easiest to take the safe path, the same as everybody else, and achieve only what so many others achieved. However, some people have taken the road less traveled. And even fewer brave seekers open their own paths and build their own roads and bridges; allowing the universe to guide them in a unique journey they consider sacred.

– multatuli – 11/4/09

Kunci Kesuksesan?

April 6, 2009 § Leave a comment

Salah satu hal yang ditanamkan kakek saya, seorang guru dan ahli bedah, ke orang tua saya, dan akhirnya ke saya adalah:

“Kamu jangan mau jadi orang yang biasa-biasa saja.”

And that my friend, includes doing great things other than studying.

I was recently criticized in public for “receiving academic merit and recognition despite graduating later than other students in my year” (“mendapat penghargaan akademik walaupun lulus terlambat dibandingkan mahasiswa lain di angkatan saya”). That person (maybe with some other people) had thought that I didn’t deserve the recognition because well, I graduated late anyway. This late graduation is however caused by my receiving an international scholarship to the Netherlands and taking time off for personal medical reason. That person, does not recognize my initial reason for being late (international scholarship doesn’t come just free to just any people at my place). In other words, that person doesn’t recognize my international academic achievement, and lowers me to the “local” (or perhaps his own?) standard of what is considered an achievement (“graduating in time although barely”, lulus tepat waktu walau pas-pasan). And I assume, that person is also putting himself/herself just into the local, and not international standard.

Funny. In most places, extracurricular activities and personal skills are considered an asset when accepting doctors for residency. It turned out, in some other places, the game is played rather differently. A game where achievement is apparently still irrelevant to existence. How worthy you are is NOT measured by how much you know and what you can do. A game that nurtures incompetence and mediocrity.

For the family that nurtures me, anything less than great is failure. Even if the greatness is just in the efforts. So if you’re thinking that I don’t deserve what I get, that I don’t deserve my gifts and opportunities, then know this: They are gifts and responsibilities from the heavens for me.

Everything is serious, and everything is done with hard work. Everything is earned. Every achievement is the fruit of sacrifice and laborous work.

And perhaps envious people, if you are among them, should answer this: What have you earned and achieved?

Bandung

April 6, 2009 § Leave a comment

There’s something exotic and foreign about Bandung. Everybody has their shopping trips in Bandung, but I got it more intimate. With angkot trips, their endless transfers and long stop, getting to the market and book market.

Jogja will forever be my Utrecht, just like Utrecht is forever my Jogja, bohemian. The American College Dictionary defines Bohemian as “a person with artistic or intellectual tendencies, who lives and acts with no regard for conventional rules of behavior.” Somehow Jogja is always laid back, with laid back young people in cafes and coffe shops. Busy, but relaxed. And I get that from both Utrecht and Jogja.

Bandung is a different land. It’s as if I might fall in love with this place if I stayed too long or knew it a little better. What is not to love about Bandung? Full of young people, energy, and everyone is supposed to be cultural in their own way. Looking around, especially with my boyfriend beside me, I thought, “This place is full of smart people”. I never get that from Jogja. Jogja follows, Bandung is where everything starts. Savvy. Sassy.

Semarang is my gate to the rest of the world.

Jogja is my root of existence.

Jakarta is a reminder of who I am and what inspires me.

And Bandung. Bandung is my guilty pleasure.

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