When I was first offered a lecturing post at a university here in Jakarta, I was excited. I remembered my own university experiences as an undergraduate and later as a grad student, and eventually as a teacher. I remembered those times because, while they were tough and I’m not sure I’d want to go through them again, they were times that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I also remembered the deep satisfaction I got as a teacher from passing on the torch to another generation.
In universities I have attended both as a student and as a teacher, the atmosphere was a rich blend of boisterousness, passion and intellectual fascination.
“Minta Ampun” is the pseudonym of an expatriate long-time university lecturer, who wishes to remain anonymous because he chooses to live and probably retire in this region. Before teaching at several well-known and respected institutions of “higher learning” here in Jakarta, he taught at colleges and universities in North and South America, Europe and elsewhere in Asia.