The inadequate number of professors in private universities (PTS) in the Province of South Sumatera (Sumsel), Lampung, Bengkulu and Bangka Belitung (Babel) comes to the attention of Coordinator of Private University Coordination (Kopertis) Region II Slamet Widodo.
Slamet Widodo said Wednesday (28/9) the number of professors in private universities (PTS) under Kopertis Region II is still minimal. Out of 7,000 lecturers in 218 PTS only 19 persons have the status of professor. The number of lecturers or teaching personnel in private universities (PTS) in Kopertis II are dominated 60 percent by strata three (S3) or doctoral degrees and 40 percent by strata two (S2) or masters degrees.
He said to improve the quality of the teaching personnel human resources various efforts have been conducted by Kopertis II. The latest in mid-September, Kopertis Region II has signed a cooperation with the University of Gadjah Mada for the purpose of providing support to lecturers with low educational qualifications, in order (for them) to attain doctoral degrees and professorships.
In addition to cooperation, according to Slamet Widodo, Kopertis II also gathers information on the constraints experienced by lecturers in PTS to continuing their education, such as economic issues, support from the university, and writings in international journals.
Slamet added, to address economic constraints or education cost/fees the government has prepared scholarships for lecturers, such as the Institution of Education Fund Management (LPDP) scholarship. However, he regrets very much that every year the scholarship was not widely utilized by lecturers, especially for S3 or doctoral decree.