SEMARANG – Two Balinese lecturers successfully defended their dissertation in front of the board of examiners for Doctor of Economics Program (Program Doktor Ilmu Ekonomi), Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) Diponegoro University (UNDIP), in an online exam, on Thursday (8/4/2021). They were tested sequentially by a team of examiners led by the Dean of FEB Undip, Prof. Dr. Suharnomo, S.E., M.Si.

The two lecturers from Bali, Made Ika Prastyadewi and I Gusti Lanang Putu Tantra, are both working in academic fields. Ika Prastyadewi is a lecturer at Mahasaraswati University Denpasar, while Lanang Putra Tantra is a lecturer at Warmadewa University, Denpasar. Both of them studied in Faculty of Economics and Business Undip in 2016.

Acting as Ika Prastyadewi’s promoter is Prof. Dra. Indah Susilowati, M.Sc, Ph.D, while Dr. Agr. Deden Dinar Iskandar, S.E., M.A. as Co-Promoter. The examiner team consisted of Prof. Dr. Suharnomo, S.E., M.Si (Chair of the Examination Session), Dr. Tjokorda Gde Raka Sukawat, S.E., M.M. (External Examiner), Prof. Drs. Waridin MS and Dr Nugroho, S.BM, M.Si respectively as internal examiners. Ika defended her dissertation entitled “Internalization of Externality to Maintain Subak Landscape Existence in Bali (Studies on the Landscape of Subak Jatiluwih in Tabanan Regency)”.

Meanwhile Lanang Putu Tantra defended his dissertation academic work entitled “Sustainable Model of Marine Tourism Management: A Competency Approach for Tour Guide Services Based on Local Wisdom in Buleleng Regency”. He is promoted by Prof. Dra. Indah Susilowati, M.Sc, Ph.D, and Dr. Agr. Deden Dinar Iskandar, S.E., M.A. as Co-Promoter. The composition of examiners consists of Prof. Dr. Suharnomo, S.E., M.Si (Chair of the Examination Session), Dr. Tjokorda Gde Raka Sukawat, S.E., M.M. (External Examiner) and Prof. Drs. Waridin MS and Dr. Nugroho, S.BM, M.Si.

From the results of board of examiners, Made Ika Prastyadewi passed cum laude. This woman who completed her undergraduate studies at Faculty of Economics Udayana University and master degree in Management at Brawijaya University is able to complete her doctoral studies at FEB Undip in 3 years 7 months 7 days with a final cumulative grade point average of 3.92.

I Gusti Lanang Putu Tantra, who received his bachelor degree at Marwadewa University Denpasar, and Masters in Economics at FEB Undip, is appreciated for his research which opened an understanding of great potential of marine tourism in Buleleng Regency. The study made by Putu Tantra is expected to improve the contribution of marine tourism to regional income and the welfare of its citizens.

The Head of Examination Team who is also the Dean of Faculty of Economics and Business, Suharnomo, said that he was happy that Doctor of Economics Program at Diponegoro University graduated two economics lecturers from universities in Bali. “We hope they can continue to develop their knowledge without stop doing research and studies according to their field of knowledge,” said Suharnomo.

Suharnomo enthusiastically said that he was proud of his doctoral students who were able to make real contributions to regional development. He mentioned that Doctor of Economics Program students at the faculty he leads are not elitists who merely become ivory towers. “Doctor of Economics Program in Undip is an option for friends from Aceh to Papua, since it provides competence to write in international journals indexed by Scopus, it also guides students to be sensitive to the problems of the surrounding community,” he said.

It is noteworthy that these two dissertations are empirical research, where the writers collect data and analyze it based on primary data through direct observation and experience in the field. The data is then processed using scientific principles in order to produce solutions expected to benefit the community and environment under study. Made Ika’s research firmly states that the final result of research is a recommendation for a social engineering model as an effort to maintain the existence of Subak landscape. Meanwhile, I Gusti Lanang’s research resulted in a management model for increasing competency for marine tourism resource services in Buleleng, Bali. (PR team)

Translated by: Titis (Public Relations)