Australia Awards in Indonesia

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04 Apr 2016

Inspiring Experiences from Australia

Deazy Rachmi Trisatya currently serves as Junior Forest Ecosystem Controller at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Upon completing her undergraduate degree in 2003, Deazy applied for both work and scholarship. “In December that year, I found out that I was both accepted for the job and for an Australia Awards Scholarship,” Deazy recalled. “AusAID was understanding and gave me permission to defer my postgraduate for one year since I had to attend a series of training to obtain full-time civil servant status,” Deazy added. She was stationed in Manado and upon her return was transferred to the central office in Jakarta in July 2008.

Deazy found her experience in pursuing a Master’s in Environmental Science at the Australian National University inspiring. “I immensely enjoyed the education system and supporting facilities such as the library,” Deazy said. “We were given privilege to use study rooms that could incorporate up to eleven people in group projects,” she added.

Deazy was also grateful for the assistance provided by proofreaders. “We could ask them for academic advice. The University also incorporated a system that allows students to read the handout of each subject and a facility which allows students to review lectures through a voice recorder that recorded into the university system called WebCT,” Deazy further elaborated.

These facilities helped Deazy tremendously during her first few months in Australia. Deazy was the only Indonesian student in her class while her other international friends mostly came from Papua New Guinea and Pakistan.  At first, she had difficulties in following the studies due to language barriers.

“My Academic Skill Advisor suggested that I talk to the lecturer in order to receive additional tutorial. I also took advantage of the WebCT,” Deazy recalled. The extra effort she went through paid off. Deazy adjusted and no longer had issues in comprehending her studies. “It is okay to be perfectionist but you need to be realistic as well. In this case you need to know about your boundaries and adjust,” Deazy opined.

Previously, as staff under the Directorate of Forest Management Unit and Forest Estate Utilization Arrangement, Deazy was appointed to draft a proposal for the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) with input from the Head of the West Rinjani Forest Reserve Management, West Nusa Tenggara, and Head of the Forest Management Area Establishment Sub-Directorate. The purpose of the proposal was to acquire a grant from the International Tropical Timber Organization for a three-year project under the then Ministry of Forestry. The project aimed to support the establishment of Protection Forest Management Unit West Rinjani through a wide range of activities. To support the drafting of the proposal, Deazy traveled to West Nusa Tenggara to collect data and participate in a workshop on writing proposals.

Deazy, together with other staff members, has also published a book, Forest Management Unit Model Profiles. The conception of the book came from the idea that there were numerous questions that have been raised by the upper level management on the condition of the 28 forest management units across Indonesia and as to what needs to be carried out to solve existing issues. Deazy was involved in the book project since March 2010 up to its publication in December 2010.

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