Juliana Murniati (Indonesia)

A KAAD Alumna became a partner. From 2003 to 2007 and with the support of KAAD, Juliana Murniati carried out her doctoral studies on „ A comparative cultural study on building trust using the example of German and Indonesian working groups” at the Universities of Jena and Regensburg. At the end of 2007, she returned to Jakarta and continued her work as lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology of the Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia. Since 2009 she has been its deacon. In the scientific field, she has worked after her return, among other things, on the project “Leading and managing large scale change” which was a subproject of a research project of the “Global Change Alliance” with partners from France, the USA, Great Britain, Germany and several Asian countries. With her diverse knowledge and her analytical skills she supports her home diocese in its pastoral work.

Mainly populated by Muslims and counting 250 million people, Indonesia is the third largest democracy in the world after India and the USA. Certainly, it is not a country free of separatist tendencies, of sudden flare-ups of violence and internal tensions, but it is still a generally stable state. Not often in history did the idea of a nation state celebrate such an enthralling triumph as it was the case in Indonesia. Hence, a lot of questions have been raised with which Dr. Juliana Murniati is daily confronted due to her leadership responsibility and her social commitment: What holds this entity together? What role have intellectuals and artist played since students overthrew the autocrat Suharto in 1998? And what importance do religious fanatics have today in the country with the largest Muslim population in the world?

„Managing large scale change“: Together with her partner committee colleagues, Dr. Juliana Murniati is actively engaged in the KAAD scholarship programs out of her conviction that the achievements of each individual plays a decisive part in the country’s development. In addition to that, there is still another field of activity: In Indonesia exists a large alumni group called Kontak whose members come from the Catholic Student Group KMKI playing an active part in Germany. Their activities are financially sponsored by KAAD. Since almost all of those who studied abroad return to Indonesia after having completed their studies, the reintegration quota is high. The reasons for this are the strong family ties. As secretary of the KAAD Partner Committee, Dr. Murinati succeeded in preserving the alumni’s unique potential for the follow-up work of KAAD.

At the Annual Jubilee Convention 2018, Dr. Juliana Murniati received the Bene-Merenti Award for her commitment to KAAD!