JAKARTA, KalderaNews.com – For the first time, the Indonesian government cooperates with the governments of other countries in the field of awarding and managing scholarships. The Directorate General of Higher Education (Ditjen Dikti) of the Ministry of Education, Research Technology and Culture, the Education Fund Management Institute (LPDP), and Nuffic Neso Indonesia have selected the 10 best Indonesian citizens to study Masters in the Netherlands, as recipients of the DIKTI-LPDP-StuNed scholarship Joint Scholarship program.
Director General of Directorate General of Higher Education – Prof. Nizam, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Indonesia – Lambert Grijns, President Director of LPDP – Andin Hadiyanto, and Director of Nuffic Neso Indonesia – Peter Van Tuijl welcomed the scholarship awardees from various regions in Indonesia at the Awarding Ceremony, which is held online today, August 5, 2021.
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The DIKTI–LPDP-StuNed Scholarship is a full scholarship funded by the government of the Republic of Indonesia and the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands through co-funding and program management. This scholarship was born from the common view that a superior scholarship program must have an impact and benefit not only for the scholarship recipient but also for the organization where he works, the social environment as well as the country and nation.
This collaboration is very strategic in the context of bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands because it is based on a common interest, which is illustrated by the priority areas of this scholarship. These fields are the priority areas of Indonesia’s development and the excellence possessed by universities in the Netherlands. These areas are water management and technology; sustainable entrepreneurship and a circular economy that focuses on fisheries and marine affairs; and fisheries and marine science and technology.
Director General of Higher Education Prof. Nizam told the scholarship awardees to take lessons and experiences from the Netherlands to bring back to Indonesia. Scholarship awardees are expected to become Indonesian ambassadors for the Netherlands by introducing Indonesia in terms of culture, and various other potentials. Prof. Nizam also expressed his hope that the number of Dutch students studying in Indonesia in research activities or student exchanges would increase, so a more sustainable collaboration between the two countries would be even stronger.
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Indonesia, Lambert Grijns explained that this collaboration is a very good example and is one of the milestones in the bilateral cooperation between the Netherlands and Indonesia in the field of higher education. This indicates the importance of the education sector in the eyes of the Dutch government. Grijns added that the choice to study water management (one of the priority areas of this collaboration) was a very appropriate choice because it is a field that has become part of the daily life of the Dutch people.
This joint scholarship is the first time between the Indonesian government and parties from abroad for further study of Indonesian students abroad. This program is expected to encourage other collaborations between the Indonesian government and other countries in the field of management and providing scholarships for study abroad. It is expected that this collaboration will accelerate the process of developing Indonesia’s human capital for a more meaningful impact.
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