International Alumni & Friends
Indonesian alumnus visits campus

Members of the Indonesian student community at Ball State welcome Firdaus Djaelani to an impromptu reception at Scheideler Apartments
Members of the Indonesian student community at Ball State welcome Firdaus Djaelani to an impromptu reception at Scheideler Apartments

After an absence of nearly twenty years, Firdaus Djaelani made a special trip from San Francisco to Muncie recently to revisit Ball State University.

Djaelani was in the U.S. attending a conference related to his responsibilities as director of Indonesia's national deposit insurance corporation, Lembaga Penjamin Simpanan (LPS). This agency protects individual Indonesian's bank accounts through investments held in government bonds.

Prior to becoming a director of LPS, Djaelani served in the ministry of finance, as managing director of a state-owned insurance company and as the commissioner of insurance regulation.

According to Djaelani, graduate study at Ball State provided him with "broad vision", confidence in English and new professional competencies. He earned a masters degree in economics in 1988.

On return to Indonesia, Djaelani will doubtless share insights from his Muncie visit with other BSU alumni from his era.  Six Indonesian families were on campus in the late 1980s, retaining regular contact with each other since returning home.

Djaelani's campus visit on June 23 was coordinated by the staff of the office of International Advancement.

1988 masters graduate Firdaus Djaelani (1) discusses economic issues with his former professor, Dr. Chu-Yuan Cheng.
1988 masters graduate Firdaus Djaelani (1) discusses economic issues with his former professor, Dr. Chu-Yuan Cheng.