Case study – Darius Erlangga

What is your nationality?Darius


What/when did you study at Durham?

MSc in Defence, Development and Diplomacy under the Durham Global Security Institute in 2011.

What are you doing now – employer and role?

Before taking my MSc, I was working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Durham completed my knowledge with perspectives that were really different on the ground and taught me values that are very useful for my future career. Now, I am in post at the Indonesian Embassy in Buenos Aires as the Head of Socio Cultural Affairs.

What does your job involve?

The job involves creating and maintaining awareness of Indonesia amongst the people in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, from the socio-cultural aspects.

How did your time at Durham help you to succeed?

Learning from my experiences during my study at Durham, I think one of the best lessons I had and  is very important in helping me with my work is the interpersonal skills and communication. Not only the university, but the City and people at Durham taught me a lot and provided opportunities to practice and replenish my communication skills in English. Though here people speak Spanish, my better English really helps in many situations. Also, making friends with people from different cultures and backgrounds in a very small environment such as Durham gave me a chance to have intense interactions.

What advice would you give to current students?

I believe current students are already aware that studying at the University is a big leap for their future success not only as a matter of academic fulfillment but, more importantly, as a chance to develop crucial skills and being a good member of the community so that taking more active roles in society, no matter how small or big it is, will be beneficial and worthwhile in the future.


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