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Derry Putera Iskandar | First Year MA Candidate

Derry Putera Iskandar, MA Candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Education: Undergraduate degree in  Political Science at University of Indonesia; Junior Foreign Service Training

Program at the Josef Korbel School: International Security

What work experience do you have? Journalist at Jurnal Nasional Newspaper (2008 – 2009); Diplomat at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (2009 – present)

Why did you choose the Josef Korbel School? I chose the Josef Korbel School because its master's programs were ranked 11th in the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) survey report for 2012 that is published in Foreign Policy Magazine. Josef Korbel School is also a member of Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). These two facts shows the quality of teaching methods and networking that Josef Korbel School offers to all prospective students.

What are your career goals? Become an Ambassador, of course.

So far, how has the Josef Korbel School prepared you for your career? Josef Korbel School applies teaching methods that balance between theory and practice. Josef Korbel also has a large number of qualified teaching staff and faculty members that provide a deeper understanding of the current issues concerning international relations. The number of seminars organized by the Josef Korbel School also helps broaden views in understanding the world affairs, especially on security issues.

Favorite place to study: Anderson Academic Commons

Favorite place to unwind: Starbucks

Favorite Denver restaurant: Jerusalem and Pho Saigon

Favorite Denver/Colorado activity: Running in the afternoon

Favorite spot abroad: Library of Alexandria in Egypt