Sustainability is not a new concept. In fact, this concept was introduced more than 30 years ago as it appeared for the first time on the Brundtland Report in 1987. However, the concept is still not so popular in many developing countries, such as Indonesia. That is why not so many people want to take sustainability as their educational majors. Unfazed by this, Muchtazar, a.k.a. Tazar, chose to take his undergraduate degree at the Environmental Engineering Department of Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), the oldest engineering university in Indonesia. He was inspired by poor environmental conditions in his childhood village and he wanted to change the condition.
Studying at the Environmental Engineering Department of ITB wasn’t an easy choice for him, especially because his family was not in the financial capacity to fund the study at a top university. Never lose the faith, he tried to compete for a scholarship from West Java Government. Finally, he was shortlisted and got a full scholarship. He joined several organizations on the campus, especially for the ones that focused on the environment. During his time as a student in ITB, he was appointed as Jakarta & West Java Regional Head of Environmental Engineering Student Union (Ikatan Mahasiswa Teknik Lingkungan Indonesia) from 2011 to 2012 and then get promoted as Vice President of the organization between 2012 and 2013. The organization’s focuses were to unify environmental engineering students across the country and to raise people’s awareness of environmental issues. He finally graduated from ITB in 2014 with cum laude honor.
He then continued his career in industries, as an environmental engineer. At the end of 2018, he was selected to be the only delegate of Indonesia on Asian Circular Economy Academy 2018, an event that inspired him to keep learning, and then he decided to take a postgraduate study on environmental science at the University of Indonesia (UI) in 2019. During his study in UI, he spent some of his time sharing with other university students and youth for the importance of circular economy and sustainability for the sustainable development of the country. His achievements show that there is nothing impossible, as long as people doing their bests and being grateful, no matters how difficult their lives are.