Humans of IHS: Ardiansyah

Humans of IHS is a mini-portrait series that features the people who make IHS a unique place. Many of the urban professionals with common roots at IHS, often describe it as a very welcoming, familiar space, where they not only acquired valuable knowledge for their career, but also formed solid ties and friendships with their peers. This is what drove us to create this mini-series: the wish to give others a glimpse of the amazing people that make IHS special.

Ardi is currently doing the Urban Economic Development: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Master track at IHS, Erasmus University. He is volunteering in his local urban department and working as an urban planner at a development planning agency in Jambi, Indonesia.

His favourite feature of IHS is the international community of students. “At IHS, we have the chance to meet people from all over the world, from 45 countries. We can learn the best practices about urban management and development from our colleagues.”

Now, as he is part of the IHS classroom, he realizes that the most prominent urban issue he wants to solve the decline of economic growths as it is becoming a more and more significant problem in Indonesia.

“There is one big figure in Indonesia, and he told me ‘whenever you want to do something, always mind that you have to do it locally, and think globally.' That is why every time I do something, I do it on a regional level and give impact on the global level.”