New Semester Begins with Two Visiting Scholars from Indonesia

Say hello to our two new Visiting Scholars, Farah Diba and Riswandi, from Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. They are both excited to enroll in classes, meet students, and explore Oberlin!

Farah Diba is a lecturer in the Nursing Faculty at Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Farah graduated from the Nursing School at the University of Indonesia and earned her Master of Public Health focusing on Gender and Health at the Berlin School of Public Health in Germany. During her Master’s program, she interned at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, creating a case-study report on the topic of Voluntary Non-Remunerated Blood Donation implementation in several countries. Most recently, she was the Gender, Health, and Society Consultant for Regional Development Planning Agency of Aceh Besar. During her time at Oberlin, Farah will take classes related to health and gender in hopes of sharing her experiences and new understanding of the body and mind with her community back in Aceh. In the future, Farah wishes to lead a foundation that focuses on women’s health and people with disabilities.

Riswandi is a lecturer in the Department of Economics at Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh, Indonesia where he teaches macroeconomics, development economics and mathematical economics. Besides teaching, Riswandi also serves as the secretary for the Quality Assurance Unit and is the coordinator of the International Program for Economics and Development Studies at the Faculty of Economics, Syiah Kuala University. His main research interest lies in analyzing and applying economic theories to education sector development. At Oberlin College, Riswandi hopes to fine-tune his Ph.D. research proposal on the topic of the intersection of education and economics with assistance from Oberlin professors. To further strengthen his proposal, Riswandi is currently enrolled in Economics of Education andIntroduction to Econometrics. In his spare time, Riswandi likes to daydream about farming at the countryside, especially at the George Jones Memorial Farm.

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