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Bachelor of Computer Science (1999)
1. Full name / age / nationality.
Yusming Gunawan Go / 41 / Indonesian
3. If you are working, who is your current employer and what is your role?
I am currently working as an assistant manager (IT) with Schenker Singapore (Pte) Ltd and I am currently taking up multiple key roles that include database administration, software development, business process automation, IT innovation, consultancy and project management.
4. Why did you choose Monash University?
I studied at Monash Clayton Campus in Australia. I chose Monash University because its Bachelor of Computer Science degree is recognised worldwide and highly sought-after by leading IT companies.
5. While at Monash, what type of opportunities/placements/activities did you participate in?
I was actively involved in the Monash Badminton Club. I was also awarded lifetime membership of the Golden Key National Honour Society.
6. How has your degree and learning at Monash contributed to your work and where you are today?
Monash University’s Bachelor of Computer Science degree equipped me with essential and critical skills such as technical and analytical skills, as well as self-study and problem solving abilities, that are extremely relevant to the IT industry. Those skills enable me to dynamically develop and evolve myself into a better IT professional who is capable to adapt easily with the ever changing business environment and technologies.
7. What did you love most about your student life at Monash?
I loved the learning environment and experience at Monash. Lecturers and tutors at Monash were friendly, knowledgeable and passionate in teaching their subjects. That motivated me to strive to do my best in every module I took during my time at Monash. I frequented the libraries and DEC/Alpha stations labs often to complete my tutorials and lab works early so that I would have time to explore other stuff. On top of these, I also had the opportunity to make new friends from other countries and Australia.
8. If you were an international student, how did you adapt to life in Monash? Were there any particular pleasant experiences or challenges?
To be able to adapt to life in the campus, I stayed at one of Monash Clayton campus student residences throughout my entire time in Monash and made friends with Australians and other international students. I learnt to accept different cultures from these people, shared and exchanged ideas and information with them. Being an international student also demanded me to be more independent, self-managed and self-disciplined.
9. As an Indonesian studying there, how did you find the support networks there? Would you have some tips for other international students?
Student support networks in Monash University were excellent. By making new friends, I was able to find other Indonesian students and formed study groups. This study group was not just instrumental in helping us to excel academically, but also brought us closer together as friends. To Indonesian students intending to study in Monash, Monash has got all it takes to nurture and equip you with necessary skills that are very important in the growth and development of your future career.
10. What is your goal in life, where are you headed to in the future?
My goal is to integrate IT into business in whichever company I am working with whose core business is non-IT related. By empowering business with relevant and current IT technologies, business would be able to yield vast improvement in its business processes, productivity, time & cost saving, and profitability.
11. What is your advice to current Monash Malaysia students?
My advice to current Monash students : enjoy your learning journey in Monash, make full use of what Monash has got to offer; be it lecturers, tutors, libraries or labs. Your learning experience should not just stop at Monash – it should be extended beyond Monash. By making learning your lifelong journey, it would help you to succeed in your future career and in realising your dream or goal, and in adapting to the changing dynamics in the industries. Never stop learning.