Doctoral Study as Secondary Activity, Sermada Graduated Best from S-3 FISIP UNAIR

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SERMADA Kelen Donatus during graduation in December 2016. (Photo: Bambang Bes)

UNAIR NEWS – To be a lecturer in out of town university as well as to study doctoral program in Universitas Airlangga is a challenge for Sermada Kelen Donatus. But he deemed his study in UNAIR as his secondary activity.

Even it was only a secondary activity, Sermada succeeded in finishing his doctoral program study in Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP) as the best graduate with GPA 3.92. “I want to thank UNAIR to make this secondary activity possible to be a doctoral program,” said the man who used to be a catholic pastor in South Germany from 1990 to 1998.

Sermada is a lecturer of Philosophy in bachelor and master program of Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Teologi (STFT) Widya Sasana, Malang. Every day in bachelor program he teaches Human philosophy, God philosophy, Indian philosophy and Archipelago philosophy. While for master program he teaches Comparative Philosophy and Science Philosophy.

He admitted that his struggle to finish his doctoral study in UNAIR was not an easy task. HE had to manage his time between his work and his study.

“I am no longer young, the distance between my place in Malang and UNAIR, financial limit, public transportation, more demand from the program and resources limit,” said the man born in Tenawahang, Flores, 27 February 1955.

But finally he could be grateful as he finished her study and appointed as the best graduate of FISIP UNAIR. For his research, Sermada studied the dynamic responses between Catholic school management to government policy of National Education. He wrote the research in a dissertation titled “Dinamika Respons Penyelenggara Sekolah Katolik Terhadap Kebijakan Inpres Pendidikan Dasar Nasional Indonesia – Suatu Studi Fenomenologi Pelaku Pendidikan di Kabupaten Flores Timur”.

“I chose that title as a village child who went to SD Catholic in East Flores. I studied scientifically the dilemma faced by those Catholic schools because of SD Inpres program existence during the New Order,” he said.

After achieving his doctoral degree, Sermada will continue his work as a lecturer. “I want to dedicate myself for the profession to keep educate until I am summoned by God,” he said.

He also wanted to write scientific articles and journals, textbook and translate books of Philosophy from German to Indonesia. (*)

Author: Binti Quryatul Masruroh
Editor: Defrina Sukma


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