The New, Green, Face of UGM

Bicycles at Gadjah Mada University Head Office, to take you around the campus without polluting the air

For the past few years, I had few opportunities to visit my campus in Jogja, either coming as Guest Lecture or simply for leisure. But I haven’t really had time to explore and observe in a bit more detailed of Gadjah Mada University (“UGM”), one of the oldest and biggest University in Indonesia. 

This time, as I accompanied my daughter to take a test in my old campus, I took time to walk around the complex, observed the place in more details, took some pictures along the way. I didn’t wander too far, just around Humaniora complex near my campus, Faculty Economics and Business. 

Sosio Humaniora Street, it’s not open road anymore

One biggest difference in UGM complex compared to my time (circa 20-25 years ago) is how restricted the complex from motorcycles and cars. This morning we also had difficulties in finding the entrance to the Economics & Business Faculty, as the old routes which I used to take were all closed for cars to enter. Cars and motorcycles can only be parked in certain parking place. The big one is near the auditorium, Graha Sabha Pramana. Gone is the day where cars, motorcyles and even buses roamed around the campus. 
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Guest Lecture at FEB UGM

Another chance to share my knowlegde and experience to the young students of Faculty ot Economics and Business in Gadjah Mada University, Jogja, where I’m an alumni. Took picture with Mbak Diah, the lecturer who was my project mate before, and the entire class. Happy and feel blessed I made it this far, and can share stories to them.

Graduated in Flying Colors

The proud ‘MM’ 🙂

The day is finally here. Finally I’m graduated from Prasetiya Mulya Business School, taking the right to put “MM” (i.e Magister Manajemen – equal to MBA in Indonesia) behind my name.


Along with some of my MM-43A class mates


After hard, tiring and stressful 2+ years of study, it came to a happy ending. I graduated with distinction, and suprisingly (although I can’t say that I don’t expect or wish for it) I graduated top of my class as “Best Graduate“. When I got an email from Campus that I was asked to represent my class for taking pictures for advert in newspaper, I already wondered whether I’m going to win some award. But the Campus officer didn’t say anything, so I thought it was because of my occupation, or simply because of my good look… (not!).

But it was then confirmed during the rehearsal yesterday, that I’ll be asked to come to the stage to receive the award.  It’s a very proud moment for me, as not only I repeated the same achievement I obtained while I graduated for my Bachelor degree in Gadjah Mada University, but also because of my serious ilness last year made me wondering at that time whether I could even complete my study!


With Wendy, Andy and Budi – fellow Best Graduates Awards Recipients. Shortly before come to the stage taking the award

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Graduation Rehearsal

The happy faces of graduates in front of the big stage, after the rehearsal

It’s me and my fellow graduates from Strategic Management Class Batch 43A, after rehearsal for our graduation today at ICE – Indonesia Convention Exhibition, Serpong. Happy days, as our long hours for study has paid off and will be culminated with graduation tomorrow!


During the rehearsal
As it’s been a while since we last met, we had tea time together in Breeze, BSD

The Judgement Day: Finally, Completed My Study!

The proud team after successful exam

Finally, after 2+ years of study, I finally completed my Master degree in Prasetiya Mulya Business School, having successfully passed my final exam yesterday. It feels really special for me, remembering how hard at times juggling between my study and work priorities. Not to mention as well, my last year’s absence due to my ilness, which made me wondering that time, whether I could finish the study, really. So having completed the study, and passed the exam in “highly satisfactory” is a real bless from Allah. Alhamdulillah.

Here are the pictures of me and my business plan team during the ‘judgement day, capped off with our dinner celebration of a successful team effort. Congrats all!


Preparing for potential questions, shortly before lunch time in Citos


The Business Plan. More than a year work! (it’s interesting, both my undergraduate and masters degree thesis are about ‘Outsourcing’)

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Preparation for Graduation


Taking Pictures with the Dean
Had photo taking and graduation uniform fitting session at my campus today. Surely the graduation is near? Insya Allah Aamiin 🙏🙏

It’s rare time to catch up with campus friends as well. Here are some of the pictures:


My Business Plan Team
Ladies of the Batch
Another Pose