[This blog was written in the sky when I am flying by AK1029 from Bandung to Johor Bahru]
For three days from 19 to 21 January 2015, I visited Padang and Bandung. On 19 January morning, I delivered a lecture at Akademi Teknologi Industri Padang (ATIP) on my experience as a researcher and lecturer. Dr. Ester Edwar, Deputy Director of the ATIP, who arranged this lecture is my schoolmate from kindergarten to high school in Padang. On that day, I also met with Dr. Jon Efendi, Dr. Umar Kalmar Nizar and also Prof. Rusdi, a former education attaché at the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
On 20 January morning I attended a PhD examination of Yuli Yetri as the external examiner at Universitas Andalas (UNAND). The chairman of the examination was Prof. Edison Munaf. The examination went well and the candidate respond and the answers to the questions raised by the examiners.
On January 20 afternoon, I flew to Bandung to attend the closed PhD exam of Mita Rilyanti at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) on 21 January morning. I am her co-supervisor. The examination went well, and Mita Rilyanti finally passed her closed PhD exam and be allowed to take her open PhD exam on 13 February 2015 at ITB.
Happy event occurred in the afternoon at Cafe Halaman near ITB campus when I met and gathered with my relatives in Bandung; Dr. Rino Rakhmata Mukti (ITB), Dr. Irdam Adil (ITB), Dr. Afnimar (ITB), Dr. Rizal Sani (TEDC) and Dr. Erham Wilda (UNISBA). I just realized that we all are teachers who have all been having a PhD!