1. Full name / age / nationality.
Lia Fauziah / 29 / Indonesian
2. If you are working, who is your current employer and what is your role?
I work in Telkom Indonesia under the Innovation and Strategic Portfolio Directorate. As a Junior Officer, I focus on corporate strategic planning, strategic business development, innovation strategy and synergy, as well as the operational management of the Digital Business Division and Innovation and Design Center units.
3. Why did you choose Monash Malaysia?
As a foreign student, I was really concerned about attaining the best teaching quality, exploring diverse majors that a campus could offer in order to help me pursue my dreams and learning various knowledge and cultures. Monash Malaysia had it all.
4. While at Monash, what type of opportunities did you participate in?
While in Monash, I learned a lot about so many things by attending local events related to the course tasks. I established new networks with people who helped me after I graduated.
5. How has your degree and learning at Monash contributed to your work and where you are today?
Studying in Monash has shaped me into a dedicated person at work. As a Junior in synergy data mining and support, I need to work fast to collect the data from Telkom Group that my team needs to ensure that the program or project runs as planned. I realised that I inculcated this habit while studying at Monash, as I needed to finish my assignments on time and contribute to campus activities simultaneously. Apart from that, every time I look for a job and employers knew that I've graduated from Monash, they are of the opinion that it is one of the best universities in the world. And for that, I feel very lucky!
6. What did you love most about your student life at Monash?
I got to know so many students and their cultures because Monash has a diverse student population. Also, the campus facilities supports the learning process.
7. If you were an international student, how did you adapt to life in Monash Malaysia and Malaysia in general? Were there any particular pleasant experiences or challenges?
It all depends on you and how willing you are to open up yourself to absorb new things and new people from other countries. I found it very easy to adapt to Malaysia. The only challenge is the language. Since I'm from Indonesia, English is not my mother tongue so I had to learn fast by making friends with the locals as well as other international students.
8. As an international student, how did you find the support networks here? Would you have some tips for other international students, especially from your country, intending to study in Monash Malaysia?
The University really helped me to get a job after I graduated, and I have the opportunity to work here in Kuala Lumpur. Before this, I thought it would be hard for foreigners to work in Malaysia due to visa issues but I was wrong. The Immigration Department also gave consideration to the university that I studied in, and Monash has a good reputation here.
9. What is your goal in life, where are you headed to in the future?
My goal is to pursue my PhD degree, hopefully in Monash.
10. What is your advice to current Monash Malaysia students?
If you are looking for the best quality in teaching and learning that will help you land your dream job, Monash is the answer.