UNAIR NEWS – For Prof. Mochammad Amin Alamsjah, Ir., M.Si., Ph.D, Ir., M.Si., Ph.D., being a teacher is the best choice in order to be useful for others. By being a teacher, he can transfer his knowledge to his students, someone else so he takes part in creating excellent future generations to be future Indonesian leaders at International level.
His aspiration has been fulfilled, after being a lecturer, currently he is trusted as Vice Rector III Universitas Airlangga. The oldest child with five siblings born on January 16, 1970 admitted that since childhood he had diligently recited the Qur’an assisted by his grandparents. Discipline has been enforced since he was young. Before dawn prayer, his grandmother woke him up to get ready for the prayer in the mosque. After praying Amin recited Qur’an with his siblings, four boys and a girl.
”I remember well how my grandmother listen carefully to our recitals,” said Prof. Moch. Amin Alamsyah. During senior high school, every afternoon I always spend some time to read in a bookshop in Surabaya. He found resolve to continue study after senior high school there. As the oldest child he wanted to give good example for his younger siblings.
He chose fishery department. It was inspired by his parents’ fish ponds which could not give the best harvest. He was accepted in Fishery Department Universitas Brawijaya. He wanted a fish farmer and looked after his grandfather’s fish ponds at that time. So after being a bachelor of fishery, Ir. Amin Alamsyah worked in Situbondo to gain experience in fishery. But it did not work well so he quit and looked for another job which can give direct benefits for others. At that moment, the idea of being a teacher came to mind.
For his new aspiration, he applied for jobs as a teacher or lecturers to some universities, including Universitas Airlangga. After a while, he was accepted in UNAIR. He officially became the 13th lecturer of Aquaculture program, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine UNAIR (there was not Faculty of Fisheries and Marine by then).
Being in an academic environment made him even more determined to continue his study to higher education. He applied for many scholarships but often got rejection. In early 2000 he took his master degree in Malang but he still had his dream to study in Japan. With a recommendation letter from a professor in UNAIR, he finally got a research scholarship in Nagoya University, Japan. In the land of the rising sun he learned while doing a research on biological reproduction. Then he conducted research on snakes’ venoms, from desert snakes to ocean snakes.
“My research was appreciated as I found a protein which was able to hamper cancer cell and Alzheimer growth. So when I got back to Malang for my master thesis, I was graduated with praise (cum laude) for 1.5 years,” said Prof. Amin.
With his gained network during research in Japan, he got a recommendation for his doctoral degree. But the field of study was different from his master degree. He had to study fisheries and marine sciences. He chose to focus on seaweed study in Nagasaki University and graduated as a doctor in 2007 and named as the best graduate. He was able to publish research journals more than he had been targeted.
”I was required to publish one or two international journals, but the Professor said while doing research we can do the publications, why not? So finally I could publish 5 international papers,” said the author of Algicidal Diterpenes from the Brown Alga Dictyota dichotoma released in 2006.
One day he asked a question to his professor in Japan. What can Indonesia do to be a country like Japan? The professor said that Indonesia lacks of leaders who can be role models. Therefore he wanted to get back to Indonesia and be teachers to create leaders for the future.
At this moment, the second best UNAIR lecturer in 2009 works as the Vice Rector III. With the job and responsibilities, he will increase publications or researches at international level and improve promotion and branding.
”Three days before I was inducted, I was summoned by the Rector and I was told that I couldn’t refuse his request. He asked me to help him with his job. And in the ceremony of Independence Day 2015, the Dean of Faculty of Fisheries and Marine informed me that I was appointed as Vice Rector III,” said Prof. Amin Alamsyah.
In his early period taking office, the professor on Marine Biology FPK UNAIR analyzed UNAIR’s strength and weaknesses. In order to be World Class University, he concluded that all civitas have to commit and be in synergy to advance. The challenges should be communicated to all elements, so the determining factor of UNAIR’s success is engagement.
“We have to give commitment that UNAIR is a qualified university. Communication is also important. Thus, the wish of the leader should be understood, believed and implemented together,” he said.
To motivate the researchers, Prof. Amin and his working unit have prepared various programs. He targeted 307 research papers will be published internationally and Scopus-indexed in 2016. Therefore, he keeps encouraging international researches through mandatory research, joint research, visiting professor programs and rewarding the indexed paper researchers. For mandatory research in 2016, UNAIR will provide Rp 250 million to five teams of researches which succeed to publish their researches in Scopus-indexed International journals.
In supporting the research publications, strong capability and cooperation networking are needed. In WCU context, UNAIR will provide supports to its researchers to keep conducting researches and innovations, through joint-research program or academic and patented products. Research centers will be established through collaborations, domestic or international, while the improvements will be supported by well information dissemination on key-scientists’ works.
“It will improve cooperation network. International scholars will notice that UNAIR has had new discoveries and can be invited for collaborations,” said the author of scientific journal Eksplorasi Rafinosa Biji Kapas sebagai Pengganti Formalin dalam Pengawetan Ikan (Raffinose Exploration Cotton Seeds Lieu Of Formalin in Preserving Fish) in 2013.
In order to have a strong network of collaborations, each field of study is obliged to establish a scientific consortium and promote UNAIR, at national or international level. In addition, he will encourage young lecturers to take their doctoral study abroad. “Students should always try to study abroad, in any programs, short course, AUN, workshop or exchange,” said Prof. Amin Alamsyah. (*)
Author : Defrina Sukma Satiti
Editor : Bambang Bes