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Bimo Dwi Satrio hopes to one day make a difference in tackling the issues of the overuse of pesticides in rice farming in Indonesia. Currently in his second year of the Master of Environmental Management and Development program at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, he is learning about solutions involving ecological economics and how to adapt these measures to farming in his home country.
When Bimo moved from Indonesia to Australia to pursue his Master studies at the Crawford School of Public Policy, he initially found living in his new home challenging but grew to feel at home and soon fell in love with the city and its scenic landscape
“What I love most is the people are very warm, kind, and polite. There is something about Canberra that makes the city feel like home. The more I travel in Australia, the more I’m in love with the country.”
Bimo was made to feel even more at home with the supportive study environment and the diversity of his peers.
“What I have gained from my study experience is the importance of multiculturalism and tolerance of the many differences people have. It makes me more appreciative of other culture and even my own culture.”
Bimo began to consider ANU for his postgraduate studies after working alongside ANU alumni in Indonesia.
“My thesis supervisor graduated from ANU. She taught me everything about doing research from scratch. After I graduated from university in Indonesia, I joined my Professor’s research project back in 2011 for a year. Fortunately, the joint-research involved Professor James J Fox, who was also the PhD supervisor of my professor. Since then I developed a good relationship with Professor Jim.”
This positive experience with ANU continued for Bimo when he began working at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
“I joined CIFOR learnt about forestry and policy issues. There were many ANU colleagues working at CIFOR, which made me more and more confident in choosing ANU for my Masters.”
Since beginning his studies at the College of Asia and the Pacific, Bimo has enjoyed the hands-on nature of the study program and hopes to put to use his newly-acquired knowledge in Indonesia.
“I really enjoyed when we have a fieldtrip to one of the environmental NGO study sites near Canberra. I learned so much about how to manage the Australian landscape, and how to apply the same methods in Indonesia.
“Indonesia has rich natural resources spread across all its islands, but the management of these resources is still challenging. I’ve learnt about how to provide solutions to societal problems, with environmental, economic, and social impacts that would benefit Indonesia.”
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