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Luthfan Azka. Photo via Luthfan.

Luthfan Azka. Photo via Luthfan.

Indonesian scholarship opens the door to finance

15 March 2019

Luthfan Azka arrived at ANU on the Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan (LPDP) scholarship to study his Master of Finance at the College of Business and Economics (CBE).

When he started, he had little background knowledge in finance and when he finished, he had a job as an analyst for KPMG in Indonesia, one of big four consulting firms.

The LPDP scholarship was set up by the Indonesian government to prepare future leaders and professionals, by sponsoring master’s and doctoral study abroad.

“It was a privilege for me to be an awardee of LPDP scholarship that has given me an opportunity to study Finance at CBE ANU.”

University culture

Not only did Luthfan become engaged with his studies, he embraced the ANU student offerings and campus culture. He joined the Postgraduate and Research Students Association (PARSA) as the General Representative and was a Senior Resident at Toad Hall, one of the postgraduate student residences.

“I feel that ‘unity in diversity’ is not just a slogan. With residents from all over the world, living at Toad Hall was really such an enriching experience for me, as I was exposed to different cultures and backgrounds. We managed to live in harmony, respecting each other’s values.”

Career prospects

Luthfan enjoyed the tranquility of Canberra and returned home to Indonesia to use his master’s degree as a launchpad to pursue a new career in finance. He had spent four months working at KPMG Indonesia, focusing on business valuation, and is now moving to Bank Indonesia, the central bank of the country, to work in their Monetary and Market Department.

“I think this career fulfills my goal, which is to contribute to my country and help with sustaining Indonesia’s burgeoning economy. In the next five years, I am planning to pursue a PhD, as I believe it will improve my abilities and skills in policy making.

Luthfan had some positive advice for any students arriving at ANU: “Plan to study hard and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Canberra. You will find a well-balanced life there. CBE has a lot of programs for your career development, so seize that opportunity!”

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Updated:   15 March 2019 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team