Almost all of my life spent on the campus. I was born in 1969 when my father was Dean of the Faculty of Literature and Arts Teaching, Institute of Teacher Training and Education (IKIP – Institut Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan) in Bukittinggi, Indonesia. Our family lived on the IKIP campus in Bukitinggi and Padang, which later changed its name to Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP). My connection with the campus continued when I pursued my studies at the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) in 1987 until I graduated in 1995. Shortly after that, I continued my Ph.D. at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in 1995 and graduated in 1998, then served as postdoc and academic staff with UTM until now. My relationship with UTM was interrupted from 1999 to 2002 because I was a postdoc at Hokkaido University, Japan. For more than 20 years, I have been with UTM.
I was appointed as a professor at UTM in 2010. My father was also a professor at Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP). He retired in 2001 when he was 70 years old. I also followed in his footsteps to become a professor. When I was a child, my father often brings me to attend his class. Without my knowing, maybe this is the reason why I interested in higher education. The photo below is a photo of two professors in our family, I (in 2010) and father (in the 1990s) wearing a professor’s robe.
Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil ‘alamin