How Do I Get To France // Step 1

Today I’m going to share my experiences in pursuing my Master Degree. As usual, I worked as a Marketing lecturer in my undergraduate university (I don’t know whether I am able to mention brands here on blog, so I’ll just refer it to PCU from now on). At PCU, lecturers who hold only undergraduate academic titles should be taking master study soon, following the urgency of the Ministry of High Education (called DIKTI in Indonesia).  And so the journey began…

Step 1 // Applying to MSM UNAIR

I was told by my Head of Program that my application to pursue Master degree was approved, dated approximately somewhere in May or June 2011 ago. I couldn’t be happier, that small talks made my day. I rushed to my desk to clarify my options, see if I can apply for the next closest intake in September 2011. There were two options at the moment, I gotta choose between UI or Unair.  Then I found out that UI has closed for the intake, left me only the Unair option. The next week, I talked to my Dean and Vice Dean about those two options and got supported to go to UI. I really wish to study at a more practical/applied master study rather than a scientific one. We ended up with me choosing the scientific study at Unair, called Master Science Management (MSM). I gotta be honest that this is not my first option at the time. I wish I could go to either UI or the Applied Management (called Magister Management) of Unair. Well, considering my background as a lecturer, I have to take the MSM at Unair.

I applied there, finish all the tests and requirements, and ready for the study. I remembered one thing vividly about studying there. I was offered the Double Degree Program of Indonesia-France (DDIP) by the administrative staff there; her name was Riska (thanks to you Mbak Riska, if you read this). For the next few days I still considered this offer as a heavy challenge to finish my master study. Now that I am here in France, I understand completely that this was a miracle. God has a plan when He put me to study at MSM Unair. I remembered clearly that this is my last option if any others failed me, and God was there, made this unbelievably less-considered option a miracle to me.


Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Strauss-Kahn back in France after sex assault charges dismissed

By the CNN Wire Staff
September 4, 2011 — Updated 1819 GMT (0219 HKT)

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Strauss-Kahn back in France
  • NEW: The former International Monetary Fund chief arrives at his apartment
  • His homecoming marks the end of four-month court struggle
  • A judge dismissed sexual assault charges against him
  • A New York hotel maid had accused him of assaulting her

Paris (CNN) — Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrived in Paris on Sunday morning, less than two weeks after a judge dismissed sexual assault charges against him in an international scandal that altered France’s political landscape.

The former International Monetary Fund chief was greeted with applause at a Paris airport before leaving in a private car and coming home to his apartment. He was accompanied by his wife, journalist Anne Sinclair.

On Saturday, Strauss-Kahn was mobbed by reporters in New York as he left the brownstone where he had been staying.

His homecoming marks the end of a four-month court battle involving a man who had been favored to be the next president of France.

Strauss-Kahn was pulled off a Paris-bound plane on May 14 in New York over accusations he sexually assaulted a Guinean maid in a luxury hotel suite in the city.

Days later, he resigned from the International Monetary Fund, spent a few days in jail and was put under house arrest.

His lawyers have maintained his innocence throughout the process.

“There was an act in that room that was consensual, not forcible,” Benjamin Brafman said.

Questions arose over the credibility of the accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, prompting prosecutors to back off.

In July, prosecutors said Strauss-Kahn is no longer under house arrest and dropped the charges on August 23, citing the accuser’s credibility issues.

“If we do not believe her beyond a reasonable doubt, we cannot ask a jury to do so,” prosecutors said at the time.

Strauss-Kahn largely remained in New York even after a judge removed his house arrest restrictions. The diplomat’s return to Paris on Sunday marks his first since the scandal broke out.

Strauss-Kahn’s arrest sent shock waves through France and redefined the landscape of the country’s upcoming presidential race. His homecoming raises the possibility of his return to politics or a prominent position in the government.

Strauss-Kahn still faces a civil suit from Diallo and an accusation of attempted rape by a French writer.

The diplomat and his wife have been one of France’s power couples since they married in 1989.

CNN’s Jim Bittermann contributed to this report