Govt Launches Islamic Students Scholarship Program
The Indonesian Government through Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) officially launched the 2018 Santri (Islamic students) Scholarship Program by Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin and Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani at the auditorium of Ministry of Religious Affairs, Jakarta, Monday (12/11).
This program, which is a collaboration of four ministries, namely Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, and Ministry of Education and Culture, is provided for santris as well as education staffs with minimum service of three years, who want to pursue masters and doctoral degree either in Indonesia or abroad.
Lukman said the launch of the scholarship program is the Governments effort to develop Islamic boarding schools with better quality of education. Through a long process and hard work between Ministry of Religious Affairs and Ministry of Finance, this year around 100 santris will get scholarship to pursue Master and Doctoral degree, Lukman said, adding that he welcomes any inputs and suggestions regarding the scholarship.
Meanwhile, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani said that with the launch of the LPDP Santri Program, the Government put high hopes that the Islamic students will become more productive, competitive and qualified in carrying Indonesian values.
I am happy to be able to launch this program. There are Rp 35 trillion in endowments for this years education program and the Government will increase the amount to Rp 55 trillion next year. Every state has responsibility to improve its human resources, Sri said.
Translated by: Estu Widyamurti
Edited by: Muhammad Ersan Pamungkas