Tanoto Scholar Shares How to Become Seasoned International Academic
At just 19 years old, university student and Tanoto Foundation scholarship recipient Mahtuf Ikhsan boasts quite an impressive resume, having attended international conferences in 10 different countries across Asia and Europe.
This month, Mahtuf is set to further add to this number when he goes to Mexico for his 11th conference – one where forestry students from around the world will convene.
To Mahtuf, a student majoring in forest management at the Faculty of Forestry at Bogor Agricultural University, traveling abroad for free and acquiring new knowledge at the same time have been golden opportunities.
However, Mahtuf maintains this has only been possible with the hard work that he puts into writing his papers, often inspirational ones which suggest solutions to global environmental issues.
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Well done! Really grateful for all of people that has supported me so far before this MUN. Every likes and share from you on my video is really much appreciated. Alhamdulillah.. Best Delegate and also The First Winner on International Diplomacy Competition "The Will" on ENU International Model United Nations (ENUIMUN) 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Thank you so much for all of the organizing committee and chairs that has make this competition is truly amazing.💕 Thank you also for His Excellency Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Kingdom of Spain to the Republic of Kazakhstan that has given me a Spain's history book as the prize. Still curious to have it soon read in my spare time. #MahtufJourney #ENUIMUN2018 #Astana #Kazakhstan
The Pekanbaru native, born in 1999, attended his first international conference when he was still a Year 9 student in high school.
At the time, he heard about a conference that was to set to take place in Manila, Philippines. With his interest piqued, Mahtuf set to work consulting with his teacher and writing a paper to submit.
His paper was eventually selected to be part of the conference, and Mahtuf was off to the Philippines as a high school student representative from Indonesia.
Since then, Mahtuf has not been able to shake off the addictive feeling of attending international conferences, finding them beneficial in not only adding to his existing knowledge, but also in expanding his professional network.
Within Indonesia, Mahtuf has been named the first winner of an online essay competition organized by the Muslim Student’s Association of Universitas Islam Indonesia’s Faculty of Economics in 2017, winner of the ‘Favorite Presentation’ award at National Student Science Week 2017, and the winner of Jambi University’s National Essay Competition 2017.
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"Mahogany leaf can provide a great benefit to forest communities in the economic, social, and ecology as well as forest conservation to support better forest management and also for sustainable energy development in the future". Thank you very much for Kasetsart Agricultural and Agroindustrial Product Improvement Institute (KAPI) and ABB Commitee for giving an awesome chance for me to deliver my research presentation. I hope this event will be a good platform to develop the skill of young researchers. Thank you to Prof Sammincha for being a moderator in this session. Thank you also for Faculty of Forestry IPB for 'continous' funding to their students in gaining competition or conference program. #ForestForFutureEnergy #ABBConference2017 #BITEC
However, his achievements also extend beyond the national level – Mahtuf received the ‘Best Presentation’ and ‘Best Paper’ recognitions during the 5th World Conference on Applied Science Engineering and Technology (WCASET) in Bangkok last year.
He also received ‘Best Presentation’ awards at the International Conference on Telecommunications and Communication Engineering (ICTCE) 2017 in Taiwan, as well as at the 14th International Conference on Management, Business, Social and Humanities Research (MBSHR) 2017 in Hong Kong.
“My goal is to become a forestry diplomat. I want to improve the forestry policies in Indonesia as well as in other countries, so that both the economy and forest environment can flourish harmoniously and sustainably,” Mahtuf shared.
For those interested in following in Mahtuf Ikhsan’s footsteps, here are some tips:
1. Look frequently for information about international competitions and conferences on international agency websites, on campus or through student organization networks.
2. Consult lecturers on the paper or essay which you intend to write. Lecturers are a repository of qualified and diverse references which can be used as sources for your writing.
3. Learn the writing style of technical essays which have been published in international journals and adopt it when producing your own work.
4. Constantly fine-tune the quality of your writing as your work should meet international standards.
5. Know when to start or stop – writer’s block is a real constraint. Do not push yourself when you are out of ideas. Take a break instead to rejuvenate before you get back to writing.