Yuk, nyoba sekolah di Australia Pake Beasiswa Ini!

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yea, my student card

So sorry to update it late, since you have only a day if you really want to join this scholarship program. Well, actually I posted it on my Path several weeks ago, which meant there were people in my private circle who knew it, while actually I expected many of my friends would apply.

Sooo.. here it is, ehm..

Jadii..
Buat temen-temen yang nanya kemarin Hani ikut program apa di Ostrali dan gimana cara dapetinnya, sebenernya udah sempet Hani ceritain sih di sini. Nah, good news-nya, buat yang pengen nyoba ikut program sejenis, kesempatannya lagi dibuka nih. Dan Hani pengen banget temen-temen pada daftar. Kenapa? Salah satu alesannya adalah karena beasiswa ini kesempatan dapetnya lebih gede (ya dibanding beasiswa2 Australia Award yang lain), karena yang dapet infonya cuma segelintir orang, sedangkan deadline-nya lumayan mepet, ehehe..

Ini masih termasuk program dari pemerintah Ostrali, tapi yang emang kalian gak bisa langsung daftar sendiri ke mereka, karena sistemnya harus lewat partner lembaga di negara yang bersangkutan. Dalam kesempatan kali ini, pihaknya adalah KPPA-RI (Kementrian Pemberdayaan Perempuan dan Anak-Republik Indonesia) karena selain belajar soal bisnis, memang subjeknya agak berkenaan dengan perempuan dan dilaksanakannya pun oleh Gender Consortium-nya kampus di Adelaide. Eits! Tapi bukan berarti laki-laki gak bisa ikut loh! Justru, di-encourage untuk berpartisipasi, begitupun teman-teman difabel di seluruh Indonesia. Mereka mengharapkan kalian semua terlibat.

Dan berikut ini alasan-alasan lain menurut Hani kenapa program ini menarik:

1. Australia Award gitu lohh..
Buat scholarship hunter, pasti udah familiar dengan salah satu penyedia beasiswa prestise ini. Bukan cuma karena ini dikasihnya dari pihak pemerintah, tapi mereka juga terkenal loyal dalam ngasih fasilitas. Istilahnya, once u’ve become their awardee, they just want you to focus on your study, you dont have to worry about something elses. Living allowance-nya lebih dari cukup. Sekitar AU$2200/bulan.

2. Adelaide!
Awalnya Hani juga nganggep “duh, di Adelaide.. kenapa gak Melbourne atau Sydney aja sih? Tapi setelah nyampe, ternyata I prefer Adelaide a lot to those cities. Ntar bisa nyobain sendiri deh. Di samping itu juga, biaya hidup di Adelaide lebih murah, sedangkan uang beasiswa yang dikasih ke para awardee se-Ostrali itu sama besarnya. Jadi dapet uangnya sama, tapi kalian bisa spend lebih kecil, asik kan? Bisa banyak nabung deh. Dan lagian, walaupun tinggal di Adelaide, tetep bisa jalan-jalan ke state lain kok 8))

3. Durasi Program
Untuk program yang ini, bakalan berlangsung selama full 3 bulan. Kayaknya gak terlalu bentar, dan gak terlalu lama juga. Lumayan untuk bisa menghayati gimana rasanya hidup di Ostrali, tanpa ninggalin kerjaan di Indo terlalu lama. Diadainnya pun di bulan-bulan terbaiknya Ostrali; after winter.

4. Syarat gak ribet
Gak harus pake sertifikat IELTS, dan bikin visa nya pun dipermudah karena tipe khusus yang disupport pihak Ostrali-nya langsung.

5. Kredit Universitas!
Walaupun short-course, karena diadain di kampus, kalian bisa dapet kredit dari universitas yang bersangkutan. Dan itu bisa buat motong jatah SKS kalo kalian lanjut di jurusan yang masih linear.

 

Jadi, pertimbangannya apa lagi dong, Han? Bagian yang gak enaknya, gitu?
Mmm..
Bisa dibilang selama Hani di Ostrali sih, gak terlalu ngalamin yang gak enak. Hidup teratur, masyarakat yang civilized, gak pernah ngalamin tindakan rasis juga (instead, ngerasa orang-orang Oz jauh lebih ramah), ngerasa aman, yang bahkan bisa jalan-jalan santai sendirian tengah malem. Dan mungkin karena emang banyak di kampus juga kali ya… Paling poin-poin ini yang silakan dipikirin konsekuensinya:

1.  Ninggalin keluarga dan kerjaan di Indo.
Dalam kasus Hani sih, sama yang barengan, Hani paling muda, satu-satunya yang kepala dua dan belum menikah. Jadi, beban ninggalin keluarga gak terlalu gimana banget. Tapi liat ibu-ibu yang lain, ninggalin suami dan anak itu pasti berat lah.. Apalagi yang anaknya masih kecil. Lalu, kalo kalian karyawan dan ambil cuti, mungkin bisa agak rileks juga. Tapi untuk temen-temen pengusaha yang mesti ninggalin bisnisnya, kerja remote itu tantangan. Karena Senin-Jumat dari pagi sampe sore bakal di kampus terus. Sedangkan pulangnya, pasti kalian pengen ngerjain macem-macem, dan weekend adalah saatnya jalan-jalan. Jadi manajemen waktunya harus bagus.

2.  Materinya banyak social studies
Gender perspective, people with disabilities, domestic violence, child-safe environment. Di samping “entrepreneurial spirit”, kalian harus siap juga nerima semua materi itu. Buat yang bidangnya emang disitu pasti asyik. Yang kalo di kasus Hani sih, yaa sometimes I felt so overwhelmed.. I prefer to drown myself in engineering journals or business cases. Human is such a very complicated creature, and at some points, I’m really tired of it V(.__.)

 

Nah.. lalu, gimana tips n trik-nya biar lolos, Han?
Satu yang utama deh; tell them how valuable and influencing you are. Yang barengan sama Hani kemaren, dari Indonesia ataupun Mongolia, itu pada ibu-ibu, dan cuma beberapa orang yang bahasa Inggrisnya bagus. Tapi, mereka semua orang-orang di posisi strategis. Banyak orang pemerintahan (yang artinya pembuat regulasi untuk masyarakat), direktur-direktur lembaga (yang jelas berarti punya pengaruh di lingkaran luas), pemilik-pemilik usaha, dan aktivis NGO. Jadi, pokoknya share aja gimana keberadaan kalian akan bisa ngubah orang-orang di sekeliling juga.

After program-nya nanti, kalian akan diminta bikin action plan dengan periode tertentu, yang gunanya membuktikan kesemuanya itu. Action plan tiap orang akan berbeda tergantung dari apa yang sudah dia pelajari dan ingin diterapkan di posisinya. Ya gitu aja sih… cari kesempatan yang banyak, belajar apapun yang dimau di luar materi kuliah, jalan-jalan, dan enjoy the memorable Australia 😀

Berikut adalah surat resmi dan form yang harus segera diisi: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m6vk4kii340qo4g/AABwthCWY1modGaxeESxuxona?dl=0
Jika ada info terkait dan kesempatan-kesempatan lain yang akan datang, insya Allah akan Hani posting di blog ini. Jadi, jangan lupa subscribe ya! ❤

 

February 17th in a hurry writing,

Your Hani

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Some of My Biz Field Visits in Adelaide and What We Can Learn From Them (Part I)

Okay. Some of you might have known that I got a fellowship from the Australian government in Flinders University, but probably wonder what exactly it is and how the program runs. Well… actually it all depends on its subject. And since my subjects are about business and social studies which are based in a university, so that the learning delivered through the combination of variety of guest lectures, intensive trainings, and field visits, academical and practical knowledge abridge, in order to have strong fundamental theoritically, yet we can implement them in effective ways.

Lecturing, training, field visit. Which one is my favorite? Oh yeah, definitely the outside class sessions!! Ehehe… We visited many respectable government offices and enterprises, but because I tend to always bring my business head, I want to share about the business side and parts that I think are interesting for me personally, my business, and my lovely hometown, Bandung =)

Because there are too many, I will divide the summary into several parts. And these are the first ones:

1. Adelaide City Council

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Located in the heart of the city, it’s very close to my apartment, and I always passed the office every time I go to Rundle Mall from Flinders Campus xD From my first weeks in Adelaide, I was amazed with their initiatives. You can find brochures about the City Council Programs in many places, including campuses, city library, etc. They run soo many programs, yet some of which attracted me are:

a. Digital Hub

Not everyone can operate a Macbook. Not everyone can optimize Windows either. Not everyone even knows how to use the e-library. Digital skill is one of the 21st century “must have” skills (I think). But even in Australia, there are still many people who do not acknowledged yet about how to use those electronics (and of course, especially aged people). For the younger generation, the level may be different. More advanced, perhaps. (Hey, look at me.. sometimes I’m also still face trouble with the Mac OS, zzz :|)

The point is… along the technology improvement, our people are also always need to be updated.. rite? And how the Adelaide Digital Hub do that?

They provide a free training for specified subjects, even one-on-one training with a trainer. And how did they get the trainers? They hire and open for volunteers (there are benefits for those who applied). Australian citizenship is not compulsory. Anyone can get involved, anyone can learn together. And they even eager to know what kind of training that we currently need. Remember… investing in people is investing in long-term business, too.

Bandung? I’m sure we can do this!

b. Adelaide Business Start-Up Grants

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meeting with some stakeholders in Tonsley

You know, I can feel that the City Council is really encouraging for people setting up a business in this city. And for this year, they run this grant program. If I want to open my business in Adelaide, they can grant me up to $30,000 and use the under-utilized public building here. Surely it has terms and conditions. That number may only cover no more than 50% of the total cost, and there are common rules that we have to follow. But hey, it’s tempting, isn’t it? And it can also help them to grow a sustainable economy and optimize the unused land.

One of my Indonesian fellows, mba Rizna, the owner of @bakpiapia from Yogyakarta has applied for this grant, had a meeting with their representative, and I really hope everything goes well, so we can observe more about the opportunity provided. The City Council told her that if this program succeeds, they plan to make it an annual program, yeay! \o/

For Bandung? Our mayor has launched the “Kredit Melati” for the SMEs. It is also a good sign of his will. Just hope it will persist and grow to help our society starting up a business.

And hey hey hey, wait! I just remember that we also have that “Little Bandung” store program. How about to make it in Adelaide? I guess I should talk with kang Emil after this. G to G must be a lot easier (?), moreover for this good partnership. Another “Little Bandung” store in South Australia, how cool is that? 😀

c. Sustainable City Incentives Scheme

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Solar PV is everywhere >,<

This one is what I’m really craving for, aaaakkk…!! ~~\o/ The City Council is really aware of environmental issues. They provide funding for residents, business, schools, community, and organizations that want to help to reduce carbon emission, conserve energy, water, and natural resources! D*mn cool!!

The incentives scheme can provide up to $5,000 for us installing solar PV, or energy storage, electric vehicle charging controller, building energy efficiency upgrade, changing out quartz halogen to LED, solar hot water system, rain water tanks, etc. THAT-JUST-COOL!

I’m not sure if it is possible to be implemented in Bandung, or even in any city in Indonesia. But yea… we can learn from this :’)

People-Planet-Profit. That’s all connected to make sustainable system.

d. The City Adelaide Prize

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around the city, we can see many design installations side by side with the heritage buildings

The Adelaide City Prize is an annual prize to encourage people to propose and nominate projects that activate and enliven the city. The projects can be of any scale and may include buildings, public art installations, landscape works and temporary contributions to public space that actively engage the community and enhance the city’s public spaces.

I think the keywords are “brainstorm ideas for urban design”. And Bandung? With our mayor who comes from architectural engineering background? It is more than just possible! X) We had this in the latest “Babakan Siliwangi Design Prize”. And maybe  we can develop more in wider cover range ^_^

The more livable a city, the more dynamic the sectors within.

 

Whuff! Even only from the City Council, I already write this long >,< Okay.. just 2 more for the rest of this part…

 

2. City of Prospect

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the bus that pick us up to the City of Prospect library

In brief, my first impression of this is… it’s like BCCF! (Bandung Creative City Forum), even though it’s not really similar. The City Prospect has established more than one century! It is also area based. There are some acres allocated to be part of the community. They build their own infrastructure, and the development covers several aspects of economy, technology, and social. The similarity comes from the idea that they help the local government to achieve their missions, related to city improvement, people involvement, (hobby based) community engagement, kind of that sort. Then I think, aha! We already have this. And I feel more grateful because in Bandung, we have a potential strength that not all cities in the world have; we are dominated by youth &/ productive-aged people. (And fyi, our population is twice as many as in Adelaide).

Collaborations across sectors are opened widely. And in Bandung, we are… people who love to collaborate =)

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City of Prospect Digital Hub. Interestingly, the word “PROSPECT” is ended by “CT”

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with Matt Grant, the director of business and economic development of City of Prospect, who said that he has visited some co-working spaces in Bandung and met Yohan Totting, one friend of mine, too (Uwh yeah Yohan, who doesn’t know you? :)))

 

3. SASS Place

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Carly, the founding director

I have ever mentioned it in my Facebook post, but I want to re-write about this place. This is a co-working space which also became my exploration in making paper/policy brief in Flinders University, one that I presented in the symposium, observe the possibility how if we adopt the concept for women in SMMEs in Indonesia, to optimize their contribution in the country’s economy.

For those who not yet have an idea what kind of place it is, here is my brief explanation: SASS Place is a co-working space located in the city of Adelaide, with their tagline; A Hub For Female Change Makers. Sooo interesting! Why? In fact, I’m also interested in making a co-working space, but I’ve never thought that women could be the specific target market. During the visit, we shared a lot with the founder, including what I know about how it is going in Indonesia. Emerging business model which is still struggling to survive, and so does in Australia. But owh, really… the idea has attracted me. Women have special needs and concerns. In SASS, they even provide child care and space for breast feeding so that women who have kids or in pregnancy could feel accommodated. Women should support other women. And by that, their husbands (&/families) are also feel safer, because they know that their partners are working in a “less man” area :B

Women who are renting spaces here come from various industries. Then I wonder.. how if we adopt it in Indonesia? Who’s with me? 😀 (spoiler: some of institutions in Australia interested to be the donor)

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the child-care space in the 1st level

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space in level 2

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glance of the main place

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one of the dedicated rooms

A women only co-working space. What an exciting idea. But along the process, I become consider about the current situation. There is also a chance to implement the gender perspective in the existing co-working spaces. Instead of making a new one, we can also persuade private sectors who already run the (mix) co-working spaces to make their spaces women friendly. This is in their own business interest as with the increasing number of women entrepreneurs in Indonesia, such spaces can become more profitable.

To point this objective, my group, made a recommendation to The Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection in Indonesia. They can play a vital role in establishing guidelines for the private sectors on what constitutes a women friendly work space. And actually they can also help the women entrepreneurs through their channels for funding, marketing, and other supports. What do you think? 😀

Whuff! There are still visits I want to share. But I think it is enough for this time. I will continue with the next posts. But before I end up this part, don’t forget to leave a comment below. Any ideas and advises are appreciated :*

 

Who wish  you for always having a great day,

 

Hani Rosidaini