Doctoral Students Conference 2014

Sixty doctoral students from 18 member universities and invited institutions presented their ongoing research at the 13th APRU Doctoral Students Conference (DSC) hosted by the University of Indonesia (UI) from 18 to 24 August.

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13th APRU DSC Participants. Photo credit: University of Indonesia

DSC Paper Session DSC Paper Session 2
Doctoral students present their research during the concurrent sessions.

With the theme "Understanding the Pacific Rim: Dynamics, Challenges and Opportunities", proceedings of the conference featured a keynote address from the Director of Indonesia's Fiscal Policy Agency, Mr Parjiono who spoke about the current financial environment and future prospects of Indonesia. Dialogue sessions and lectures focused on building successful research collaborations and innovative research trends in the Asia-Pacific.

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APRU Secretary General, Dr Christopher Tremewan (middle) with UI Rector Prof. Dr. Ir. Muhammad Anis. M. Met., (6th from the right), Director Parjiono, (5th from the right) and UI senior faculty and administrators.

DSC Dialogue Session
Assistant Professor Yasuhito Jibiki of Tohoku University shares his experience in building multidisciplinary collaborations under the International Research Institute of Disaster Science.

A workshop on academic publishing was organised as one of the newest feature of the DSC. The workshop was aimed at helping doctoral students in preparing materials for journal submissions. In addition, the APRU Early Career Researchers Network was launched at the conference on 19 August. 

DSC Mentoring Session 1
National University of Singapore Press' Publishing Director, Dr Paul Kratoska leads the discussion at the workshop.

Participants also had the opportunity to engage in open discussions on challenges in PhD studies and career pathways of doctoral students. Students learned practical tips from the mentors which comprised some DSC alumni and senior faculty.

"I found the publishing workshop and mentoring session very informative and unique. Previous conferences I have attended before primarily focused on the academic content...This was something new for me," said a PhD student from Waseda University.

DSC Mentoring Session 2
DSC alumnus, Dr Stefan Gruber of Kyoto University mentors a group of students on research supervision.

Participants also had the opportunity to experience Indonesian culture and history through visits to Pasar Ahpoong and Cinangneng Village, among others.

DSC site visit
Doctoral students enjoying a boat ride at Pasar Ahpoong.