Today, I've visited Bandung, the third largest city in Indonesia.
The purpose is to meet with the students of Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), one of the most prestigious universities in Asia.
The rapid train to connect Jakarta and Bandung in three and half hours is,
- amazingly punctual ( I’d say it’s the Japanese level)
- quite safe (need to show a photo ID at the ticket gate)
- clean, comfortable and affordable
Scenery from the windows.
Hiroki is a student who came here last August (2014) to learn aeronautical engineering for master degree.
A couple of years ago, he traveled in Indonesia and found the environment very comfortable and attractive. Then decided to move here.
The tuition for foreign students is 37 man yen per semester = 74 man yen a year, almost the same level with graduate schools in Japan, but the living expenses are much cheaper.
Usually students live in this type of apartments, called “KOST” here, which costs 15000 yen per month including utility and with free cleaning + laundry services. (Needless to say, there are much cheaper ones.)
They eat out around the university. One-plate lunch or simple local buffet dinner costs around 200 yen.
Before coming here, Hiroki thought he would work for a Japanese company after graduation, but now, starting his own company is also one of his future options.
“Since everyone here, even professor, thinks it natural to start own business, I've been influenced.” he said.
Now he may need to think,
- what kind of life styles he wants to pursue,
- what kind of value he can create and deliver to markets,
- and what he should learn in the next one and half years in Bandung.
I hope my latest book "In tune with the MARKET" and "THINK of the FUTURE WORKING STYLE" would be useful.
Interested in studying at ITB ? → Hiroki's twitter account here
Thank you !