ICRS Student Gathering: “A Little Oasis”

Thursday, March 5th, 2020, 11:46 WIB

academic forum

The journey to attain a doctoral degree can be a very lonely road.  An opportunity for students and lecturers to meet and discuss their experience, both the joys and struggles, can be “a little oasis.” Hoping to refresh and enliven the spirits of students, ICRS hosted a student gathering on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.  Twelve students from various batches attending this meeting along with ICRS Director Dr. Zainal Abidin Bagir, Associate Director Dr. Wildan, Prof. Michael Northcott who serves as Professor of Religion and Ecology at ICRS, and ICRS staff. 

The meeting opened with Dr. Bagir and Dr. Wildan welcoming students and introducing themselves as the new Director and Associate Director of ICRS as well as sharing the new structure of ICRS’ management team.  Following this, each student introduced themselves to the others and ICRS was happy to welcome two new students this semester.  Dr. Bagir stressed the importance of building a family atmosphere within the academic community to support the students as they strive towards their academic goals.  During the meeting, students shared their research interests and their experiences thus far, including the successes and setbacks they faced along the way.   

ICRS leadership welcomed the comments, criticisms, and suggestions of students as to how ICRS could better serve its student body.  Among these was a request for additional learning opportunities focused on academic writing and research methodology.  Students also recommended that revisions and updates to the ICRS website could improve the information flow to students and prospective students.  Drs. Bagir and Wildan along with ICRS staff received these suggestions and affirmed their commitment to work diligently to improve and advance ICRS.