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Support in vocational education continues to resound from upper secondary education to higher education or universities (PT). Graduates of high school/ vocational high school (SMA/SMK) and equivalents are encouraged to continue their studies to the polytechnic. Polytechnics entrance selection will be merged with academic universities. This was stated by Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Muhammad Nasir. He said the choice to revitalize the polytechnics was because there are many developed countries that have good vocational education. For Indonesia, the strengthening of the polytechnics is to ensure the availability of qualified workforce and encourage innovation.
According to Nasir, one way to make polytechnics more so the choice is to improve the selection. Kemristekdikti will encourage admissions of new students in polytechnics starting in 2017 could be combined in the State Higher Education Entrance National Selection (SNMPTN).
Isa Setyasah Toha, Director of Bandung State Manufacturing Polytechnic cum Chairman of the Indonesia Polytechnic Director Forum said the polytechnic requires support for familiarizing that vocational education is no less promising than academic PTs. According to Isa, the integration of polytechnic entrance selection to SNMPTN is possible, because in fact it is equivalent to S1 which is also called applied undergraduate (degree).
Meanwhile, Director General of Science & Technology and Higher Education Kemristekdikti Patdono Suwignjo said the polytechnic curriculum is tailored to the needs of industry and promotes good accreditation, the quality improvement of laboratories, infrastructure, as well as lecturers. The budget prepared for the revitalization of vocational education in the 12 polytechnics is around Rp 200 billion