Suara Pembaruan, page 16
Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Menristekdikti), Mohammad Nasir said that education funding assistance (scholarships) is given as a manifestation of the country’s commitment to continue increasing the number of people who could study up to tertiary education level. Even further the scholarships are aimed to cut the poverty cycle that still exists in the country, as much as 11.5% of the population.
According to Nasir, ending the chain of poverty could be achieved if the people and government are able to maximize the role of potential capital owned, namely natural resources and human resources (HR) as well as for the sake of facing global competition.
As a tangible effort, Kemenristekdikti increased its Bidikmisi aid from 60,000 to 75,000 per new student. Thus, the overall education fund beneficiaries from 2010 to 2016 reached 307,833 tertiary education students with funds of around Rp 3.2 trillion.
As for Higher Education Affirmation (ADIK), the provided quota is a total of 1,000 people and the outermost, frontier, and disadvantaged (3T) regions a total quota of 500 and will be increased in 2017. Furthermore, he expects that the beneficiaries of education funding, Bidikmisi, ADIK and 3T regions could improve their qualities so as to raise the quality of higher education and in the future, contribute to the competitiveness and quality of the nation.