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Has Indonesia’s science moment arrived?

  • Dewi Safitri

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 12 2016   /  08:58 am

The state is in dire straits financially. The tax amnesty, the supposed savior policy, has been gaining better results but still suggests weaker numbers than expected. Economic growth targets have been amended more than once.

But if you’re an Indonesian pursuing a career in science or research, this could be your time. In fact, science hasn’t had support this great in a very long time.

It started four years ago with scholarships worth Rp 15.6 trillion (about US$1.2 billion). The Indonesian Education Scholarship (LPDP) aims to create future leaders by sending students to quality higher education institutions around the world. The designated level is master and doctoral degrees for people younger than 40.

While scholarships are not a new concept to groom scientists and build innovation prowess, this initiative promises a real commitment to Indonesian human develop...