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TNI chief gets doctoral degree

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, January 16, 2014 | 05:51 am

Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Moeldoko has received a doctoral degree from the University of Indonesia (UI), for his dissertation on policies in border areas.

He was bestowed with the degree after defending his dissertation titled '€œPolicy and Planning Scenario of Border Areas in Indonesia (Study of Land Borders in Kalimantan)'€ in front of a panel of lecturers. Arie Setiabudi Soesilo, who headed the panel, said that Moeldoko'€™s thesis was deemed satisfactory.

'€œActually, Gen. Moeldoko could have attained cum laude, but the regulations at UI are pretty strict, and thus [one could only get] cum laude [if he or she finished his or her thesis] in a maximum time of three years. But we understand the busy schedule of a military commander,'€ he said after the thesis presentation at the Juwono Sudarsono auditorium at the UI in Depok, West Java.

Moeldoko was recently criticized for saying that he '€œunderstood'€ the Australian government'€™s decision to turn back to Indonesian waters a boat of undocumented boat people attempting to reach its shores.

Critics said that Australia might have breached Indonesia'€™s territorial sovereignty by towing turning the boats back to Indonesia.