A posthumous masters degree has been awarded to an Indonesian student who died of cancer shortly before completing his study.
Arief Suryansyah was highly regarded by both his Indonesian and Australian colleagues. He died only weeks away from completing his program under the Australia-Indonesia Defence Cooperation Scholarship Scheme.
Dr Garth Pratten, Senior Lecturer from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, flew to Jakarta to confer the degree in a special ceremony at the Australian Embassy on May 28.
Arief’s wife Biaro Andita Annel, their five-year old daughter Arienta Chiara Suryansyah, his mother Bainar, and brothers Mr Adriansyah and Mr Armansyah were present for the ceremony, alongside colleagues from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence.
Delegates from the Australian Department of Defence and the Australian Embassy also attended.
In paying tribute to his brother, Mr Adriansyah said it had been Arief’s dream to complete his Masters program and in his final days he had told his family that it was his goal to get well so that he could finish his degree.
Following the ceremony, the family shared photos and lamingtons with staff from the University, the Indonesian Ministry of Defence, the Australian Department of Defence and the Australian Embassy.
Watch the video of the posthumous award ceremony for Mr Suryansyah.