IR BINUS Lecturer in Australia Awards’ PhD Extension Program

Luh Nyoman Ratih Wagiswari Kabinawa, Faculty Member of International Relations Department BINUS, attended the two-weeks intensive PhD extension program organized by the Australia Awards Indonesia from 22 October to 2 November 2018. This program is part of compulsory pre-departure training for Australia Awards Scholars who wish to pursue PhD degree in the Australian University by 2019. This course aims at understanding the life as PhD student in Australia. Major topics include preparing research proposal, getting to know the graduate research school in the university, meeting preparation with the supervisor, and managing work life balance as a PhD student. There are 21 Australia Awards Scholars who participated in the first batch of the training. They are coming from various disciplines both from public and private institutions. The instructors were Professor Frans Umbu Data from Nusa Cendana University, Kupang and John Martin, an Emeritus Professor from La Trobe University, Australia.

During the program, Ratih learned to develop her research proposal from a rough draft into a narrow and specific topic of her interest. She develops critical thinking and academic writing as one of survival kits as PhD student. At the end of the program, the participants were asked to present their research proposal in a MOCK Confirmation Presentation. Ratih delivered her MOCK Confirmation Presentation confidently and received excellent results as feedbacks from the instructors. Ratih wishes to go to Australia in June 2019 to start her PhD program. The International Relations Department wish her to have pleasant time and experience during her study and good luck!