Suara Pembaruan, page 17
Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Menristekdikti), Mohammad Nasir, said that lecturers in Indonesian universities having a doctoral degree are still few in number. Only 26,199 lecturers have S-3 degrees, or about 11.36% of the total 160,000 lecturers.
The government, therefore, is preparing Magister menuju Doktor untuk Sarjana Unggul Program (PMDSU). In order to support this program, Kemenristekdikti will provide opportunities for postgraduate students of Beasiswa Unggulan Dosen Indonesia Program (BUDI) 2016 who have high achievement to complete their study in four years and obtain two degrees at once.
This program will provide a chance for postgraduate students with high academic achievement to shorten their study period. In addition, it will improve the quality of lecturers and educational personnel as the main actors in the implementation of Tri Dharma of the university.
Nasir explained that PMDSU currently can only be implemented in universities with accreditation A and legal status. There are only four universities that have carried out this program, namely Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB), University of Indonesia (UI) and Airlangga University (Unair).
Nasir added that for the study program, Kemenristekdikti prioritizes that necessary for sustainable development, which is the technical field. However, it will be possible to include social humanity programs in the future. Nasir hoped that PMDSU program can encompass some 300 BUDI students as it will increase the amount of scientific work produced.