Malang, Indonesia, 04 May 2017

Successful Thematic Alumni Event in Indonesia

The second Thematic Alumni Event organized by IHE Delft, with the financial support of Nuffic, started Wednesday 3 May in Malang, Indonesia. The event, held in cooperation with the University of Brawijaya focuses on ‘Water Harvesting for Agriculture Development towards Climate Change and Food Security in Indonesia’. 20 IHE Delft alumni from Indonesia and Vietnam participated.

The second Thematic Alumni Event organized by IHE Delft, with the financial support of Nuffic, started Wednesday 3 May in Malang, Indonesia. The event, held in cooperation with the University of Brawijaya focuses on ‘Water Harvesting for Agriculture Development towards Climate Change and Food Security in Indonesia’. 20 IHE Delft alumni from Indonesia and Vietnam participated.

The formal opening took place at the Brawijaya University Auditorium with the welcome given by Dr. Ir. Moh Solichin, Head of Water Resources Department, Dr. Ir F. Suryadi, IHE Delft lecturer, and Dr. Ir. Pitojo Tri Juwono, Dean of the Engineering Faculty. The course was officially opened by Prof. Dr M. Bisri, Rector of the University, who mentioned previous fruitful collaborations with IHE Delft, as well as the important role of many senior IHE Delft alumni at the University.

The first morning sessions were given by F. Suryadi and Prof. Suhadjono, both IHE Delft alumni, who gave an introduction to Water Harvesting and Potential of Swamp land for irrigation development in Indonesia. The sessions were followed by an active discussion among all attendees. During coffee and lunch breaks the participants enjoyed the opportunity of getting to know each other.

During the afternoon sessions, Alumnus Adecar Nugroho from Indonesia, showed the Water Projects being implemented by Witteveen+Bos Indonesia where he is working as a consultant.

Ms. Maria Laura Sorrentino, Alumni Relations Officer, introduced all the alumni and talked about IHE Delft, alumni matters and possible future activities. The presentation was followed by a lively discussion, where alumni expressed their wishes and new ideas to strengthen the network.

The course continued for two more days with presentations, discussion and fruitful networking. Among the speakers, Alumna Ms. Nguyen Cuc from Vietnam made presentations on Food Security in Coastal Areas; Alumnus Ir. Aziz Hoesein, on Water Resources Management in Indonesia and Alumna Dr. Gustini on Women’s participation in operation and maintenance, followed by a debate and discussion about experiences relating to gender issues with the comments of all participants and Aziz Hoesein, former Director General at the Ministry of Woman Affair.

Many ideas were shared, including activities to strengthen the alumni community in Indonesia, a future Refresher Course proposal and possibilities for Tailor Made Training for different institutions and companies where our alumni work. All concluded with a positive evaluation, the wish to strengthen the collaboration with IHE Delft, as well as to realize  some of the ideas mentioned.

Alumni Gathering at Malang, Indonesia

On 4 May, an Alumni Gathering took place during the Thematic Alumni Event held in Malang. Around 40 alumni living in the region, participants of the course and organizers gathered together. Senior alumni attended, including Prof.. Suhadjono, Ir. Suroso, Dipl. HE, Ir. Aziz Hoesein and Ir. Aris Hartanto Dipl. HE all of them former Deans of Brawijaya University in different periods of the University. It was a cheerful event in a typical restaurant with conversations, memories, networking, just like at the old parties at the Institute in Delft, with songs and karaoke.