A FEW decades ago, this conversation took place in a crowded student hostel in Semarang:
T: “Hey. Who’s in the bathroom? He’s taking long enough.”
J: “It’s Doctorandus…”
Names can be ignored, it seems, but not so titles. Back in those days, the Dutch academic title ‘doctorandus’ or ‘doctoranda’ was still prestigious, when looking for work or for a spouse...