Soni Fahruri, Jakarta, Indonesien
Name: Soni Fahruri
Lives in: Jakarta, Indonesia
Period in Germany: April to November 2013 and March to April 2014
Educational establishments: Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus
Job: Renewable energy consultant
In Germany, I took part in 2013 in the course ‘International Leadership Training (ILT) - TVET, Climate Change and Green Jobs' organised by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). In 2014 I also had the opportunity to attend the DAAD Summer School ‘Intensifying Utilisation of Renewable Energy Technologies for Propelling Development of Asian Developing Countries’.
‘Germany has always fascinated me, because it has very good renewable energy technologies.’
At the moment, I am working as an advisor in the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia. I am assisting Commission VII (Energy) which, amongst other things, has oversight over the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Environment Ministry, the Ministry of Research and Technology and the National Energy Council. It’s my job to input my specialist knowledge in the form of studies and analyses to review specific budgetary, legislative and supervisory issues in accordance with the Energy Council’s mandate.To widen my knowledge base, I would like to continue my studies as part of a doctoral programme. I would one day like to open my own research institute dedicated to finding solutions to our energy requirements.My slogan is: As long as I live, I would like to try to and make the world a better place.
In Germany I was able to get some important insights and engage in discussions about them in global expert forums. With this knowledge I can make an important contribution in terms of global problem-solving through local action, for example in the fields of climate change and renewable energies.
I would like to engage in research cooperation or smaller projects related to renewable energies, climate change, marine research and natural resource management that could be implemented in Indonesia or, possibly, in other ASEAN states.
‘I have learned to do several things at the same time – multi-tasking is the key word here.'
During my stay in Germany, I had the chance to visit several cities. I liked Dresden and Aachen the most. Sadly it didn’t snow during my stay. It would have been great to see some real snow.
Germany is very different to my home country in terms of the way people get about and what they eat. At work I noticed in particular that in Germany there's more discipline.
I have gained so much new experience and learned a lot about different cultures – not just about German culture, but about the countries my friends come from, too. This experience has made me more tolerant towards other cultures.
Soni Fahruri on Alumniportal Deutschland
Networking is very important in my field. I'm still in contact with a lot of people I met in Germany – supervisors at the university and my fellow alumni. For me, the Alumniportal Deutschland is an important platform for meeting Deutschland Alumni from all over the world and for engaging in specialist forums about renewable energies. I would like to continue to expand my network and add to my cooperation contacts.
The Alumniportal also facilitates student communication in Germany. Furthermore, it brings people together who share the same interests and therefore form their own group – this enables cooperation to continue even after their joint time together in Germany.
As a winner of the 'Trip-to-Germany Competition’, I have a unique opportunity to travel to Germany again with my friend Quang Khai Nguyen to get to know the Alumniportal team and to look for suitable cooperation partners in Germany.