Ir. Achmad Wicaksono, M.Eng., Ph.D. lecturers of the Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Brawijaya received a new mandate as Education and Cultural Attaché at the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok since March 16, 2021. This position will be held by the former Head of the Institute for Educational Development and Quality Assurance (LP3M) UB for at least three years (2021-2024).
Contacted by telephone on Wednesday (17/3/2021), Soni, his nickname, said that he registered in August last year. The next process he took are a series of written tests, interviews and presentations in English. When registering, he said there were seven countries that were chosen, he chose Thailand because of his experience in living in that country when he studied his master’s at the Asian Institute of Engineering (AIT).
After being declared qualified in November, he had to take a complete series of medical tests. Until the end of 2020 a decree was issued an assignment from the Ministry of Education and Culture as an Education and Culture Attaché and the term “Loaned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”, he said. It was only at the end of January that a placement decree was issued as Education Attaché from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He conveyed that the scope of duties of the Education and Culture Attache (Atdikbud) includes establishing cooperation in the fields of education and culture between Indonesia and Thailand, helping if Indonesian students studying in Thailand experience difficulties, and handling the Indonesian Bangkok School and the Indonesian Yangon (Myanmar) School. Until now, Thailand is known to excel in the fields of agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and information technology, so that one of its work programs is to strengthen university research collaboration between the two countries in these fields.
He is still working on other work programs with the team, considering that he has only been active for two days at the Indonesian Embassy. He said that because he moved to another foreign assignment during the pandemic, he had to go through 2 weeks of independent isolation at the hotel before he could attend and work at the Indonesian Embassy. According to him, the strict health protocol enforced by Thailand also illustrates the progress of education in the country.
Then he hopes that more lecturers in UB are willing to apply to become Education Attaches, in order to expand UB cooperation network with various institutions in various countries. He is also willing if a lecturer consults on how to become an attaché, with additional income in the form of Foreign Livelihood Allowance (TPLN) in accordance with Presidential Regulation number 65 of 2019. [siti rahma/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]