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Firmanzah: Learn young learn fair

  • Matheos Viktor Messakh

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 4 2009   /  10:24 am

JP/Matheos V. Messakh Economics might seem dry and practical, but Firmanzah, the new dean of the University of Indonesia’s School of Economics, has a lighter side. “I like to dream and to make my dreams come true,” the 32-year-old said. “That’s the most romantic thing in the world.” It’s also very strategic, which is fitting for a man with a PhD in management and a 20-year devotion to Sun Tzu. When Firmanzah, fresh out of high school, left for Jakarta 14 years ago to try his luck, his mother didn’t want her baby to go (he is the eighth of nine children). “She was crying along the way in the train asking me to stay and do my study in Surabaya instead of moving here,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. But he was determined to study management at UI, which he had decided, after consulting some friends, was best for him because “I li...