Graduated from Faculty of Social and Political Science in Sociology at the University of Indonesia in 1984, Rachmi Sjafei has a dream that her experience can inspire the young generation to have better education through scholarships.
After completing her Bachelor degree, she worked for the Indonesian Government at the Inspectorate General of Ministry of Education and Culture for almost 10 years. The late former Minister of Education and Culture (MOEC), Prof.Dr.Fuad Hasan, instructed that the skills of MOEC staff must be developed to improve the education system in Indonesia.
She was one of the MOEC staff who had a chance to study International and Comparative Education at Indiana University, Bloomington USA, through World Bank scholarship. Later, she also had some trainings in the Philippines (via UNESCO scholarship) and Australia (via AIDAB/now known as AusAID scholarship). After 10 years of working for the MOEC, she moved to IDP Education Pty.Ltd., owned by the Australian universities.
For more than 15 years, Rachmi was involved in the areas of scholarships and fellowships program. She handled ADCOS (Australian Development Cooperation Scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate programs) for 3 years, targeting students from Eastern Indonesia provinces; and ASTAS (Australian Sponsored Training Scholarship) – the postgraduate programs for Master and PhD degrees, that focused on government employees and Eastern Indonesia provinces. Both ADCOS and ASTAS were later integrated and are now known as ADS (Australian Development Cooperation Scholarship), funded by AusAID. In 2013, the ADS changed its name to Australian Awards.
At IDP, Rachmi also managed the fellowships programs, such as Ministry of Communications, BKKBN, Bank Mandiri, Ministry of Tourism, PT. Telkom, IAIN Syarif Hidayatullah, short-course programs for MOEC, Centre for Democratic Institution (CDI), Australian Legal Resources International (ALRI), University of Jenderal Soedirman, and other programs.
She worked at IDP South Jakarta as IELTS Administrator for official IELTS test center. Since IELTS is one of the leading International English test for many scholarships’ applicants, she decided to continue working as a part timer after her retirement last July 2013.
For more than 15 years, Rachmi also handled visa processing for Indonesian students and teachers’ exchange program of Eastern Indonesian provinces with the Department of Education of Northern Territory in Darwin, Australia. She also had experience handling job placement through Graduate Employment Service; managed external examinations with Australia universities; and recruited graduates from Australia, UK and USA to participate in IDP Expo for Study in Australia, UK and USA.
She is happy to learn the future of her former students who have completed their studies and developed a bright career. Some of the students are still continuing their studies overseas through scholarships and some of them have established good positions in their workplace.
Rachmi’s dream is to contribute her experience to help young Indonesians, who desire to pursue their dreams for better education, compete to win international scholarships. This is achievable with good planning, execution and right support.
Through Scholarship VOACH, we hope more young Indonesians can gain access to better education and apply their knowledge and skills, to achieve INDONESIA MAJU.