Nov 19, 2014

Sylff@Tokyo:New Opportunities through Sylff

Adriansyah, center, with program officers at  the Tokyo Foundation

Adriansyah, center, with program officers at the Tokyo Foundation

Dr. Ahmad Adriansyah, who received a Sylff fellowship from the University of Indonesia in 2002, visited the Tokyo Foundation on October 28, 2014.

He was in Japan to attend the Ninth International Conference on Business and Management Research, hosted by the Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University, where he made a presentation on the Indonesian banking industry. This was his first visit to Japan, and he had a strong desire to visit the Tokyo Foundation, he said, to convey his gratitude for the Sylff program.

“I wanted to say thank you,” he said, “not only because the Sylff fellowship supported my PhD study but it also opened up opportunities to receive additional awards, including the prestigious Indonesian government scholarship for PhD research. It also gave me the opportunity to build a global network with other fellows through my participation in the Chiang Mai Regional Forum in 2003.”

He has worked at his alma mater as an internal auditor and was recently offered a tenured teaching position at the Indonesia Banking School, a reputed college of economics owned by the central bank of Indonesia.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Adriansyah is interested in contributing to society. He was inspired by his visit to Omron Kyoto Taiyo, a factory in Kyoto where most of the workers are disabled. He is hoping to engage with a social business that will offer jobs to elderly people in Indonesia, who are rarely given an opportunity to work even if they wish to do so.

The Tokyo Foundation wishes him continued success with his budding career.