The Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education (Kemristekdikti) provides English language training for faculty, considering the number of lecturers who failed to obtain scholarships abroad due to weak foreign language skills.
Director General for Science & Technology and Higher Education Resources Kemristekdikti Ali Ghufron Mukti said, for the initial stage, the ministry provides scholarships to 150 professors of state and private universities in the country.
The training started at the end of October and was held at several universities, such as State University of Malang, Yogyakarta State University, and the University of Indonesia. The goal is to improve the English language skills and writing skills of lecturers as measured from the rise in IELTS and TOEFL scores.
Through the training, he hopes the lecturers’ mastery of the foreign language would improve and it is easier to get postgraduate and doctorate scholarships abroad. One example of the lack of foreign language skills of the lecturers was the non-fulfillment of the quota of overseas scholarships for Indonesian Lecturers (BUDI) this year totaling 300 scholarships.
Manager of the Australian Technology Network (ATN) to Indonesia Josephine Ratna explained that the lecturers are weak in writing ability; as a result many do not qualify in the application. Let alone for writing research, simply for writing an application to enter higher education in English, many are not eligible.