ICRS WELCOMING NEW PHD STUDENTS
On Thursday, Sept 6, 2012, ICRS officially welcomes new Ph.D. students who started their study in academic year 2012-2013. Most people of ‘ICRS family’ attended the welcoming ceremony. They are members of board, director, associate director, core faculty, Ph.D. students, researchers, and staff of ICRS.
Most of the new Ph.D. students got scholarships from ICRS. The scholarship is earmarked for four years, including for living expenses, book allowance, and health insurance. All scholarships offered will be evaluated every semester. The amount offered is up to US$27,000 or 250 million rupiah. There are eight new students admitted in this academic year. They are Amadu Bah, Cherry Augusta, Ebrima Sarr, Fazlur Rahman, Hariawan Adji, Lemwang Chuhwamling, M. Endy Saputro, and Sartini. They including three international students: Amadu Bah from Sierra Leone, Ebrima Sarr from Gambia, and Lemwang Chuhwamling from India.
The homely but hilarious ceremony was conducted by Prof. Bernard Adeney-Risakotta, International Representative of ICRS, in Pak Bernie (familiar call of Prof. Bernard Adeney-Risakotta) house in Pondok Tali Rasa, Jl. Dumung No. 100, CT VIII, Karanggayam, Yogyakarta.
Throughout his warm greeting, Pak Bernie explained many things about current progress of the ICRS international Ph.D. Program in inter-religious studies. He strongly emphasized, in addition to provide high quality doctoral program, ICRS also actively undertake research activities concerning on religious life and building of interreligious toleration, mainly in Indonesia.
The greeting then continued by Dr. Siti Syamsiyatun, Director of ICRS. In her explanation, she said that the Doctoral Program at ICRS is very unique and excellent because the program is the consortium of three universities (UGM, UKDW and UIN Sunan Kalijaga) with international cooperation and courses taught in English. She also once congratulated Leo. C. Epafras as first ICRS alumnus who just completed his PhD study, and a new coming Henry Luce exchange student at ICRS: Joseph Thomason, from Arizona State University, USA.
After the meet and greet, the activity continued with having lunch together. Overall, the welcoming ceremony was going well and the participants amicably enjoy the ceremony. They felt very satisfied with various Mexico dishes prepared by Dr. Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta, Pak Bernie’s beloved wife, and lovely atmosphere of Pak Bernie’s house. (che)