My CV of failures

No one ever never fails. These are some of the failures that have never regretted in my life.


Failed to stay in mother’s womb longer than nine months. Born in Bukittinggi, West Sumatera, on May the 6th.

47 years ago


Failed to enter the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) as an undergraduate student, but fortunately entered Department of Chemistry ITB as the second choice of the entrance examination (Sistem Penerimaan Mahasiswa Baru).

28 years ago


Failed to finish his study at the Faculty of Dentistry, Universitas Padjadjaran (UNPAD). Dropout in the second semester. Unable to study in two universities, UNPAD and ITB at the same time.

27 years ago


Failed to get a scholarship from the Indonesian government (University Research for Graduate Education scholarship) although already accepted as a Ph.D. student at the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB).

Failed to be sent by the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) to pursue my Ph.D. study at KU Leuven, Belgium. At that time, I was a candidate for the lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Program Study of Materials Engineering, ITB.

21 years ago


My first paper submitted to the Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical was rejected to be published in this journal. “Nothing new,” said the reviewer.

19 years ago


Failed to be a lecturer at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Program Study of Materials Engineering, ITB although finished the exam for Civil Servants (CPNS). The economic crisis is hitting Indonesia at that time. This is the main reason why I left ITB.

17 years ago

1999 – 2002

Failed to speak Japanese even though almost three years living in Sapporo, Japan.

16 years ago


Failed to be a lecturer at Department of Chemistry, Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP) although finished the exam for Civil Servants (CPNS).

14 years ago


Failed to be promoted as an Associate Professor at Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

8 years ago


Failed to move to Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) as an Associate Professor.

7 years ago

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