Country of origin: Indonesia
Programme: Sustainable Energy Technology (MSc)
Hello everyone, my name is Robby Wijaya. I was born and raised in Surabaya, the capital of East Java in Indonesia. I finished my Bachelor’s degree at Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya as a chemical engineer. After I graduated I was given two choices: to work or to continue my study. Because I want to become something bigger so that can change our society, I chose to continue my education. I am currently trying my best to obtain a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Technology.
One of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals made by the UN is “Affordable and Clean Energy” and I also believe that energy security is one of the core aspects of the development goals. Aspiring to be part of the team that aims to accomplish the goal, I grow interests in renewable energy and sustainable development. The Universityof Twente provides opportunities for me to explore these subjects with their education system which put emphasize onapplicativesolution. Furthermore, the Universityof Twente works with 3 other technical universitiesin the Netherlands, which can increase networking opportunities.
A tropicalcountry, sunny weather all-yearround, and beaches, are not the first things that cometo mind when I think about the Netherlands. It is definitely something different, I have lived in Surabaya, a big and crowded city, for my entire life and now I live in Enschede, a small town next to in a country that is smaller than East Java. Living here is a challenge for me, I have to adapt to the culture, figure out how to live by myself, and learn how to bike everywhere. Have you ever biked across the town on a snowy day? You’ll have fun... ;-)
Enough of the tough part, the city is definitely a great student city. It is calm, great for studying, start-ups all around the city, good for networking, and the university itself is like a small city with facilities that support studying experience, which help students focus on their study. I actually like studying in Enschede. It has been a great experience and I hope it would stay the same until the end of my study.
Do you have a question for Robby? Contact him via our dedicated Indonesian Facebook page or Twitter account. For more information about the University of Twente you can also visit our Indonesian web page.