Lecturer Crisis Haunts Higher Education

Kompas, page 12

Universities in Indonesia will experience a lecturer crisis. Each year 1,200-2,000 lecturers retire, while there has been no lecturer appointment by the government for the last three years. Director General of Science and Technology and Higher Education Resources, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Ali Ghufron Mukti said that actually the lecturer professions are of interest to the Education Fund Management Institute (LPDP) scholarship recipients who passed their graduate programs within the country and abroad. However, the formation to become civil servant (PNS) lecturers is limited. Likewise to those who are selected as the recipients of the Master towards Doctoral Education program for Outstanding Academicians (PMDSU). In fact, the potentials for qualified lecturers have increased.

Ghufron said that the government’s support for lecturer qualification improvement is provided through a variety of scholarship schemes. At the launching of the Ristekdikti scholarship yesterday, there was opportunity offered for lecturers to obtain a Domestic Postgraduate Education Scholarship (BPP-DN) to continue the doctoral program with a quota of 1,000 people. There is also an Affirmation Scholarship for New Higher Education Institutions (PTNB) for 150 persons.

Successful undergraduates (S1) can access to the PMDSU. This program is to produce doctorates having research and international scientific journal writing competencies in four years.  Its quota is for 250 people. A number of scholarships in collaboration with governments of other countries are also available to lecturers and researchers.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Board of the Association of Indonesian Private Universities, Budiman Djatmiko said that the increase in the number of lecturers appointed by the government is actually not only for state universities, but could also help private universities as one form of government assistance.

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