Professor Dr Isman was born on 6 February 1933 in
Sungaipenuh, Kerinci, Indonesia. He is married to (Mrs) Sarmeini and the couple is
blessed with three children: S Indriani (daughter), 28; Budi Satria (son), 26; and S
Madiarti (daughter), 25.
credentials of Professor Dr Isman are as follows:
Master of Arts in Linguistics, 1956 - 1958
PhD in Education and Certificate in Teaching English to
Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), 1970 - 1973
All earned at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, U S A
His background in higher education management is as
Rector, Teachers College, Padang, Indonesia, 13 November
1973 to 13 November 1982, after which he was appointed as Director, Second Indonesia -
IBRD Teacher Training Project, Jakarta, Indonesia, from 1 April 1982 to 31 March 1985.
During his tenure at the Teachers College and IBRD Teacher
Training Project, he represnted his country in international conferences on higher
education that were convened ouside of Indonesia. and he was also a member of
several government committees on higher education.
Professor Dr Isman's diplomatic career began on 7 april
1985 when he was appointed as Head, Education and Cultural Division of the Indonesian
Embassy in Washington, D C. for more than three years, up to 9 September 1988, he
took care of the academic, and sometimes personal, interests of some 10,000 Indonesian
higher education students in the United States, and at the same time, promoted the
Indonesian culture and arts all over the Continental U S A.
(Ref.: SEAMEO Quarterly Vol. 11, No. 3, July - September 1988, Page 19)