NCCU Anniversary Parade

Hari ini adalah hari ultahnya kampusku, NCCU. Umurnya sudah 86 tahun, lumayan tua ya :D. Salah satu bentuk perayaannya adalah parade keliling jogging track oleh para mahasiswa NCCU dengan kostum masing-masing jurusan. Khusus untuk programku, seragamnya adalah kaos biru (#gratisan :D). huehue… Alhamdulillah… Jaa, waiting for next year parade (for another free T-shirt :p)

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Handicraft: Chinese Knot

The only one in the world
The only one in the world! My hand-made Chinese knot lol

#Alhamdulillah, akhirnya BERHASIL membuat Chinese Knot ini, after (almost) 6 hours making on it. Sempat stress saat mengerjakannya, karena ketika yang lain sudah selesai, hanya tinggal beberapa orang (termasuk daku) yang belum. Finally, setelah mencoba menyelesaikannya barusan (di kos-kosan), my only one Chinese Knot in the world bisa selesai juga. Terharu….TT____TT. Bener-bener latihan kesabaran dan ketekunan yang luar biasa, terutama untukku yang gak bisa diam. hahahah….

Lesson learn for this experience:

“Ketekunan, Kesabaran dan Ketenangan mutlak diperlukan dalam menyelesaikan suatu permasalahan. Kepanikan takkan pernah membuahkan hasil, yang ada justru semakin memperumit permasalahan….”

My Campus – NCCU

Sudah sejak lama ingin memperkenalkan tempatku menimba ilmu selama dua tahun ke depan ini. Namun karena berbagai aktifitas, jadinya tertunda. Here I’d like to introduce you my new campus, National Chengchi University :D! Untuk postingan ini, akan lebih banyak membahas profil secara umum (diterjemahkan dari wikipedia dan website resmi NCCU).

National Chengchi University (國立政治大學 – Guólì Zhèngzhì Dàxué; atau berarti “National Political University“; disingkat Zhengda atau NCCU) merupakan salah satu universitas negeri favorit di Taiwan. NCCU terletak di Zhinan mountain di daerah selatan Taipei. Selain kampus utama di daerah Muzha, NCCU juga memiliki 2 cabang kampus di daerah kota; The Public & Business Administration Education Center di Jing-hua Street dan the Institute of International Relations di Wan-shou Road. Kampus ini terkenal di Taiwan dengan jurusan/ konsentrasinya seperti di bidang ilmu sosial, hukum, perdagangan, komunikasi, liberal arts dan MBA.

Saat ini, NCCU terdiri dari 9 colleges; liberal arts, science, social sciences, law, commerce, foreign languages & literature, communication, international affairs and education; 33 departments, 2 BA modules (Undergraduate Program in European Languages and College of Communication Undergraduate Degree Program), dan 48 graduate institutes (including master’s module), with 32 graduate institutes offering PhD programs, 16 on-the-job master’s programs. Dan saat ini ada 6 program yang diajarkan dalam bahasa Inggris, antara lain seperti: International Master’s Program in Asia Pacific Studies (IMAS), International Master of Business Administration (IMBA), International Master’s Program in International Communication Studies (IMICS), International Master’s Program in International Studies (IMPIS), International Doctor Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IDAS), serta DIBL: Doctoral Program in International Business Law.

Administration Building NCCU – Rektorat

Selain itu, di NCCU terdapat Public and Business Administration Education Center, Social Sciences Materials Center, Computer Center, Center of International Education and Exchange, Center for Teaching and Learning Development, the Institute of International Relations, Election Study Center, Center for the Third Sector, Center for Creativity and Innovation Studies, Center for China Studies, Taiwan Studies Center, Center for Science, Technology and Human Values, Research Center for Mind, Brain and Learning, dan Center for Aboriginal Studies yang berafiliasi ke kampus. Ditambah lagi, NCCU juga berafiliasi dengan high school, experimental elementary school and kindergarten. Dengan kata lain, NCCU sedang mencoba mengartikulasi sistem pendidikan mulai dari tingkat pra-sekolah sampai PhD.

Kampusku; Kampus Kader Partai

Boleh percaya, kampusku ini didirikan tahun 1927 di Nanjing China dan merupakan Kuomintang’s Central Party Affairs School; kampusnya para kader partai Nasionalis China :). Kemudian, di tahun 1929 namanya berubah menjadi Central Political School. Karena pada 1949 partai nasionalis kehilangan kekuasaan di China daratan, akhirnya kampus ini pun pindah ke Taiwan bersamaan dengan gelombang perpindahan para pendukung partai Nasionalis. Kampus ini dibuka lagi tahun 1954 di Taipei.

Main gate NCCU

NCCU termasuk ke dalam top 10 universitas yang ada di Taiwan (sumber di sini). Kesepuluh universitas tersebut antara lain:

  1. National Taiwan University (NTU) – Taipei
  2. National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) – Hsinchu City
  3. National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) – Tainan
  4. National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) – Hsinchu City
  5. National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) – Taipei
  6. National Chengchi University (NCCU) – Taipei
  7. National Central University (NCU)  – Jhongli City
  8. National Sun Yat-Sen University (NSYSU) – Kaohsiung
  9. National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) – Taipei
  10. National Yang Ming University (NYMU) – Taipei

Namun, untuk kampus-kampus tersebut, masing-masing memiliki keunggulan program masing-masing. Misalnya: di NTU paling terkenal dan favorit adalah jurusan Kedokteran, Material Sciences dan Matematika. Di NCTU yang terletak di Hsinchu (Silicon Valley-nya Taiwan), terkenal dengan jurusan computer science. Di Tsing Hua, juga terkenal dengan computer science-nya.

Sedangkan untuk kampusku (NCCU), terkenal dengan Social sciences, IMBA, law dan diplomasi. Sedikit promosi :D, kampusku memang cukup favorit terutama bagi mahasiswa Taiwan yang ingin bekerja di kementrian/ birokrasi pemerintahan, terlebih untuk Ministry of Foreign Affairs-nya. Memang, alumni dari kampusku banyak yang memegang posisi di pemerintahan. Beberapa tokoh di Taiwan yang merupakan alumni dari NCCU antara lain;

  1. Jian-Ren Cheng (程建人), former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  2. Vincent Siew (蕭萬長), former Vice-President of the Republic of China
  3. Shui-De Hsu (許水德), General Secretary of Kuomintang
  4. Jason Hu (胡志強), Mayor of Taichung City and former Minister of Foreign Affairs
  5. Pu-Chong Jin (金溥聰), former General Secretary of Kuomintang
  6. Huan Li (李煥), former Premier
  7. Yuan-Tzu Li (李元簇), former Vice-President
  8. Feng-De Liao (廖風德), former General Secretary of Kuomintang, also well-known local novelist
  9. Quan Lin (林全), former Minister of Finance Affairs
  10. Justin Yifu Lin (林毅夫), Vice-President of World Bank
  11. Yi-Fu Lin (林義夫), delegate to World Trade Organization (WTO) and former Minister of Economic Affairs

Jadi, bagi rekan-rekan yang ingin studi lanjut di Taiwan terutama yang bergerak di bidang sosial, bisnis, hukum dan diplomasi, mari mendaftar di kampusku. Ayo ramaikan NCCU dengan orang-orang Indonesia :D! Informasi lebih lanjut untuk International Student admission di NCCU, silakan klik: SINI

Jurusanku – IMAS

Wow, Masuk Brita Kampus

Sabtu, 15 September 2012 lalu, saat orientasi mahasiswa IMAS (jurusanku), seorang kawan Taiwan bernama Ling Hui Huang atau yang akrab disapa “Sun” menyampaikan berita yang cukup mengagetkanku. “Eh mbak, fotomu masuk berita kampus lho!”, katanya (*tentu dia menyampaikannya dalam bahasa inggris ya, ini terjemahan bebasku :D)

“Wah, iya to Sun? Tenane? Jadi terkenal dong gw”, kataku (wkwkwk….)

Dan Senin siang ini, Sun mem-posting link berita tersebut ke dalam wall FB ku. Dan setelah ku-cek, ternyata benar fotoku terpampang di website kampusku; berita terbaru! Walau wajahku bukan satu-satunya yang terpampang di situ, tapi berhubung jarang ada orang yang berjilbab di sini, maka wajahku mudah dikenali 😀 (alhamdulillah, jilbab memang menjadi identitas kita yang khas :D). Oya, foto itu diambil ketika orientasi mahasiswa internasional baru yang diadakan oleh Office of International Cooperation NCCU pada Selasa, 11 September 2012 lalu.

Berikut ini adalah LINK BERITA dalam versi bahasa Mandarin. Dan ini LINK BERITA 2 dalam versi bahasa Inggrisnya.

 

Students from across the globe attend international student orientation
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International Freshmen expect for their new life on NCCU campus.  Photo: Vickie Lo (羅皓恩)
International Freshmen expect for their new life on NCCU campus. Photo: Vickie Lo (羅皓恩)

By Jen Chuang (莊昀臻)
Campus Reporter

About 360 foreign students from around the world joined the international student orientation at the Administration Building on Sept.11.

Dean of Office of International Cooperation (OIC) Chen Shu-heng (陳樹衡) welcomed new international students on behalf of National Chengchi University (NCCU) in his opening speech.

Chen said that this year OIC will offer more community experiences for the international students to help them become part of NCCU as well as Wenshan (文山) District in Taipei City, in which the university is located.

He said that the entire OIC team brainstorms together each year to find out how they can assist international students in achieving academic success at the university.

Chen also pointed out the important role that learning Mandarin Chinese might play in their future endeavors. He said NCCU has an excellent Chinese Language Center with passionate teachers and perfect learning environment. As a result, he encouraged the international students to take advantage of this opportunity to enhance their language skills.

Chen further encouraged international students to experience the local art and culture and to participate in dragon boat competitions or other similar events on campus or in the community.

“We are trying to help you [the international students] to integrate your life into NCCU and into the community,” Chen added. “Try to enrich your life not just in the classroom, but also life outside the classroom.”

According to OIC, the number of exchange students has grown from 269 last year to 362 this year, registering an increase of 34 percent.

Meanwhile, NCCU receives exchange students from Universidad del Desarrollo, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Uppsala University and Seoul National University for the first time this year.

International Student Counselor Dira Berman said that learning how things work in Taiwan,, knowing how to interact with the people here and understanding what they think about different issues are some of the important tasks for the international students.

“Everything depends on the attitude,” she said.

She also said that international students might feel frustrated sometimes after the school starts, but the key to success was communication. She told the students at the orientation to not be afraid of seeking help.

Lee Hung-hsuan (李泓萱) from Japan said that she hoped that her education at NCCU would not only help her improve her Chinese, but would also allow her to have more opportunities to meet other international and Taiwanese students.

Jelle Hatenboer, an exchange student from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, said that he was impressed by how helpful NCCU staffs have been. He also said that the students can have places like the riverbank to play sports as the university is located at the suburban area.

Sven Roehreke from Zeppelin University said that he wanted to come to NCCU to learn Chinese because of his grandfather, who spoke fluent Chinese. He also would like to study business from an Asia perspective.

There are more than 500 new faces on NCCU campus this semester.  Photo: Vickie Lo (羅皓恩)
There are more than 500 new faces on NCCU campus this semester. Photo: Vickie Lo (羅皓恩)

At the Riverbank

Kurochan’s shot

Rabu, 12 September 2012

Lima hari setelah tiba di Taipei, aku memiliki kebiasaan baru; melakukan morning walk selama 2 jam (dari jam 6-8 pagi), ditemani Kurochan, my dear Canon EOS 550 D. Sebenarnya, pagi itu cuaca agak berawan mengarah ke mendung. Dan cuaca ini sangat kuhindari, terutama jika aku melakukan photo hunting. I only want bright and clear blue sky for my shot :).

Namun, alhamdulillah cuaca berangsur menghangat dan awan pun menghilang. Segera kuraih Kurochan memulai perjalananku pada pagi itu.

Seperti biasa, aku berjalan secara random dan “sotoy” mode; maksudnya mencoba-coba jalanan baru yang belum pernah kulalui. Maklum, aku tipe orang yang suka penasaran :D. Maka, pagi itu kupilih jalan menuju tepi sungai Jingmu, yang letaknya persis di sepanjang pinggiran kampusku di NCCU.

Setelah hampir berjalan 1 jam, aku istirahat sebentar. Saat itu, kulihat di sebuah sisi sungai ada burung-burung yang tengah bertengger; menanti ikan yang menari-nari di air sungai yang dangkal. Segera kuraih Kurochan dan lensa tele, dan kujepret-jepretlah mereka :D. Alhamdulillah, burung-burung yang tak kuketahui apa namanya itu, cukup kooperatif selama sesi pemotretan ;D

Tiba-tiba, ada sesosok ibu-ibu berdiri di sampingku. Kaget! Karena aku tak menyadari kehadiran beliau (mungkin karena keasyikan jepret-jepret :p). Si ibu mengajakku mengobrol :D! (Di sini ibu-ibunya ramah-ramah, sering mengajak ngobrol ^^)

Beliau berkata, “zhen piaoliang a“. (cantik banget ya burungnya, sambil tersenyum padaku)

Seperti biasa, pertanyaan pembukaan yang selalu kudapatkan adalah asalnya dari mana :). Awalnya beliau mengira aku dari Malaysia, tapi kukatakan, “ndak bu, saya dari Indonesia”

Si ibu pun langsung menyahut (eh, ini langsung kutulis dengan terjemahan bahasa Indonesia bebas-ngira2 ya ^^, maklumin bahasa Mandarinku masih mepet). “Waaah, saya pernah ke Indonesia. Sekitar 2 tahun lalu, saya pergi ke Jakarta dan Bali. Sangat indah”

Kukatakan, “benarkah bu? wah, senang sekali mendengarnya :)”

Kemudian beliau bertanya lagi. “Kamu mahasiswa di Zhengda ya?”*

*Zhengda: Zhengzhi Daxue (bacanya: chengchi tasue) artinya Chengchi University

Kujawab, “benar, bu :). Saya jurusan Asia Pacific studies

Kemudian, si ibu bercerita. Ternyata suami beliau adalah profesor di jurusan public administration di kampusku.

Dan sama seperti pertanyaan ibu-ibu di toko stempel nama, beliau menanyakan apakah aku ndak kepanasan menggunakan kerudung dan jaket di musim panas ini?

Kujawab dengan serupa, “sudah biasa bu :). Di Indonesia malah terkadang lebih panas :)”

Dan setelah itu, kami pun menyudahi pembicaraan singkat ini karena si ibu hendak melanjutkan jalan-jalan paginya 🙂

Waaaah, ternyata selain mendapat foto-foto bagus, aku juga berkesempatan untuk mengobrol dengan penduduk lokal di sini. Alhamdulillah….

Jaa, siap-siap untuk morning walk berikutnya. Semangat!! Salam olahraga (#nggaya mode :p)

[Motivation Letter] NCCU – Taiwan

Alhamdulillah… Perjuangan saya untuk melanjutkan studi terjawab pada 18 Mei 2012 lalu. Aplikasi saya untuk menuntut ilmu di Formosa diterima :D. MaasyaAllah…

Sekedar berbagi pengalaman dan cerita. Niat saya untuk melanjutkan studi telah saya mantapkan sejak setahun yang lalu. Maka, dalam kurun waktu 6 bulan terakhir, saya persiapkan segalanya; tes TOEFL, research plan, motivation letter, dsb.

Sekitar bulan Februari 2012, seorang kawan menginformasikan kepada saya perihal Taiwan Scholarship. Karena saya memang berminat dengan regional Asia Timur, jadilah saya bersemangat 45 untuk melanjutkan studi di sana.

Untuk aplikasi beasiswa Taiwan, para pelamar diminta untuk mendaftar ke salah satu Universitas di sana. Aplikasi ini dilakukan secara terpisah. Setelah beberapa waktu meriset, jadilah saya menetapkan hati untuk studi di International Master’s Program in Asia Pacific Studies (IMAS) di National Chengchi University (NCCU) yang terletak di Taipei.

Setelah berjibaku dengan segala kelengkapan dan persyaratannya, alhamdulillah pada 30 Maret 2012 saya bisa mengirimkan aplikasi ke NCCU tepat waktu. Dan, akhirnya, Alhamdulillah, yang ditunggu-tunggu akhirnya datang. Hasil seleksi penerimaan mahasiswa NCCU diumumkan pada 18 Mei 2012, dan syukur tak terkira, nama saya tercantum di daftar tersebut :).

Dan kejutan dari Nya berlanjut. Tiga hari setelah pengumuman NCCU, saya mendapat email pemberitahuan dari komite Taiwan Scholarship, bahwa saya menjadi salah satu kandidat penerima Taiwan Scholarship 2012. Alhamdulillah…

Nah, di dalam postingan ini, izinkan saya untuk berbagi contoh esai yang saya kirimkan ke Admission Office of National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taipei. Esai yang diminta NCCU, terdiri dari 3 pertanyaan.

Tentunya, hampir semua aplikasi universitas maupun beasiswa akan meminta hal yang sama; motivation letter dan sejenisnya. Maka, semoga tulisan saya ini dapat memberikan gambaran untuk rekan-rekan yang sedang atau akan mengajukan aplikasi.

Oya, imho, apabila membuat motivation letter, buatlah se-personal mungkin. Karena masing-masing orang memiliki kekhasannya. Jadi, tiap orang “semestinya” memiliki motivasi dan pengalaman yang berbeda :). Sehingga, saat membuatnya, esai kita bukanlah template esai motivasi yang copas dan normatif. Gali dan tanyakanlah pada diri sendiri apa yang menjadi motivasi rekan-rekan untuk studi di sana. Kaitkan dengan pengalaman selama ini dengan life plan kita ke depan 🙂

Selamat ber-refleksi diri dan menuangkannya dalam bentuk tulisan ya :)! Mari bersama berjuang dalam menuntut ilmu dan menyebar kemanfaatan darinya 🙂
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ESSAYS

1. Describe your short-term and long-term career goals and explain how your past experience together with an IMAS degree from NCCU will contribute to your achieving them. (1000 words maximum)

My previous education was International Relations (majoring East Asian studies) and post-graduate program of Japanese Studies. Since the beginning, I have strong passion and curiosity on East Asian studies in interdisciplinary context. As we know that this regional has a very great history of civilization. Furthermore, many scholars mentioned that the countries in this region will be the next world’s main power as it shows many developments in many sectors; not only in the term of ‘hard diplomacy’? but also the ‘soft diplomacy’?. To support this passion, I also learned Chinese, Japanese and Korean language for helping me to communicate and understand the society in this region.

I have very high curiosity and passion on how international people relate each other through many kinds of interaction, communication and cooperation in the term of interdisciplinary studies. Furthermore, in this globalization era, international relations are not dominated by the state actors anymore but already spread to grass-root actors (multi-track diplomacy). I want to connect and build up my international networks, and also promote Indonesia ‘ Taiwan’s relations through education.

For my career goals, I want to be a lecturer and researcher with East Asian expertise. I have a strong commitment to realize the concepts of education; 1) emphasizing knowledge, 2) growing the maturity and 3) developing the good manners. Of course, to be a good lecturer and commit with those concept, I have to increase my quality of knowledge and research. Beside of being a lecturer and researcher, in the future I want to be the head of international office in my institution. Nowadays, building up and maintaining an international network between the educational institutions is highly needed, especially in this more globalize world. My mid-long term goal is developing the Taiwan-Indonesia’s relations and cooperation, not only in political, economical, and security aspects, but also in cultural aspects.

When I read this program, I found that IMAS NCCU has a comprehensive curriculum on Asia Pacific Studies, specifically in East Asian Studies, that is suitable with my study focus and passion. That is why; I am highly motivated to continue my study in IMAS NCCU Taiwan. Having an IMAS degree from NCCU will help me to broaden my perspective and knowledge, and also increase my capability to be a qualified lecturer and East Asian studies expert. Furthermore, Indonesia and Taiwan relations are still developing and I do hope that in the future it will grow more and more. With my experience studying in IMAS – NCCU Taiwan, it will give me a direct experience and knowledge about Taiwan itself.

2. Based on your current understanding of the IMAS program curriculum, describe your initial study plan. Among other relevant information, please describe your specific research focus or interest, the rationale or motivation for pursuing your research interest, the relationship between your educational or professional experience and your research interest, courses that are related to your interest, and your plan to complete the program within a reasonable length of time. (1000 words maximum)

I am interested in socio-culture. As for my research, I will focus on ethnic development in China, especially how the government manages the minority issues in north-west region of China. So, I want to learn and do a comprehensive research about this topic during my study in IMAS. The reason why I am interested in this topic is because Indonesia has multi-cultural and multi-ethnic background and there are a lot of conflict which caused by it. To get a better understanding and comprehension, it is important for me to do comparison studies.

Having research in this field will give me a vision about how to manage the minority issue. Furthermore, in my opinion there is some similarity between Indonesia and China on it. By comparing the ethnic issue between Indonesia and China, I hope I can have valuable knowledge and understanding, so that it can be implemented in Indonesia to manage the problems. As for the reason why I choose and conduct this research theme in Taiwan is because of the educational atmosphere in Taiwan that is conducive and supportive.

After seeing the IMAS curriculum, I found some courses that are suitable with my study and research focus. Beside of taking the required courses, I will also take the elective courses that are related to my research. Those courses are:

  • Chinese Philosophy and Religion
  • Ethnic Development of Mainland China
  • International Status of Mainland China
  • Political Development of Mainland China
  • Research Methods in China Studies
  • Spatial Development of Mainland China
  • Social Development of Mainland China
  • Cultural Ethnic Structure of Taiwan

During my stay and study period in Taiwan, I also planning to increase my ability in Chinese language and learn more Chinese culture. As for the length of time, I’m planning to complete my degree in IMAS – NCCU in two years (until mid-year 2014), including for my thesis. Of course, during these two years, I will do my best effort to finish my study on time, without ignoring the quality of my research and study.

3. Please include any other information that you believe would be helpful to the Admissions Committee in considering your application. (500 words maximum)

I have good academic record and achievement, not only in my bachelor degree time in University of Gadjah Mada but also in master degree in University of Indonesia. I ever joined several international events and conferences in Japan, Turkey, Lao PDR, and Thailand, which gives me adaptability skill in multi-cultural and international atmosphere. It also helps me to increase my ability on using foreign language and communication fluency.

I also join several organizational activities which increase my leadership skill, such as; managing work, adaptability, decision making, and initiating action. In my organization, I am responsible to provide scholarship information to the university students and also give some seminars/ workshop to increase their motivation and courage to study abroad. From it, I learn how to develop and coach others. And from my working experience, I got chance to increase my skill on writing and engaging the public through online and printed media, where I responsible for the communication and content management.

Beside of that, I always interested with something ‘new’ such as cultures. So that’s why, during my study in Taiwan, I’m planning to increase my proficiency in Mandarin. In exchange, I would be very happy for introducing and discussing about my origin country, includes its cultures and languages with other students in NCCU.

Indonesia has many diverse cultures inside herself. There are hundreds of ethnic, local languages, and also various traditional customs which is spread in thousands of islands.

In my opinion, by understanding the other cultures and languages, we can communicate and understand each other which can support the people to people understanding. I’m sure by sharing and discussing, these can help us to broaden our perspective and knowledge. The more experience we will have, the more knowledge we will gain. By gaining more knowledge, we can increase our chance to create a better understanding about others.

With those explanations above, I am sure that I am the suitable candidate for the IMAS program. I hope it can be helpful for the admission committee to consider my application. I am really excited and highly motivated to be the part of IMAS ‘ NCCU, Taiwan.