Khartini Abdul Khalid, 2010, Singapore

Why I chose Fletcher: I chose Fletcher because of the school's excellent reputation in the field of International Relations. The IR practitioners I spoke to in Singapore had great things to say about the reputation and quality of a Fletcher education. I was also attracted to the flexibility students are given in selecting courses and the high percentage of international students in the school. After all, what is an international relations education without students from all over the world?

On the classroom experience: Currently, my favorite course is “The Arabs and Their Neighbors.” The lectures are stimulating and the reading materials, though many, are interesting and insightful. I never thought I would enjoy reading history books until I took this course! At the end of each lecture, we have short sessions where relevant video clips are shown and discussed, which is quite interesting.

Favorite magazine:


Favorite movie:

Promises (a documentary about children in Israel and Palestine)

Favorite food:

Indian, Malay and Indonesian food. As far as American food is concerned, give me buffalo wings (extra spicy) any day!

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

The crisis in Burma and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Fletcher alumnus you admire:

Professor Vali Nasr

Fields of Study

  • Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilizations
  • Political Systems & Theories

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Asia Club
  • Writers & Bloggers Club

Education before Fletcher

  • Fulbright Scholarship and Tan Kah Kee Postgraduate Scholarship
  • BA, Sociology & English Language, National University of Singapore

Experience before Fletcher

  • Lecturer, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, School of Interdisciplinary Studies; Singapore
  • Journalist, Singapore Press Holdings, Berita Harian; Singapore


  • Malay
  • French
  • English