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Swedish defense firm launches defense studies scholarship

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 29, 2017   /   07:14 pm
Swedish defense firm launches defense studies scholarship Assistant to the Indonesian Military (TNI) Chief for personnel affairs, Air Vice Marshal Bambang Samoedro, (second left) and Saab Indonesia deputy head Lars Nielsen (right) sign a letter of agreement (LoA) to provide 20 scholarships on defense studies at the TNI's headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta, on Wednesday. (JP/Marchio Gorbiano)

Swedish defense and security company Saab will provide a scholarship to 20 Indonesians – both civilians and members of the military – who are interested in defense studies.

The Indonesian Military (TNI) Chief’s assistant for personnel affairs, Air Vice Marshal Bambang Samoedro, and Saab Indonesia deputy head Lars Nielsen signed the letter of agreement (LoA) on the scholarship at the TNI headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta, on Wednesday.

Those awarded the scholarship will take a course on long-term defense planning arranged by the Swedish Defense University in cooperation with Saab. The program will run for five months from March 29 to August 17, mostly in Indonesia. The participants will have a chance to visit Sweden between May 3 and May 17.

"I appreciate the initiative and the offer from the Swedish government through Saab and the Swedish Defense University. I believe the scholarship will broaden the knowledge of the awardees," Bambang said in his opening remarks.

Saab Indonesia head Anders Dahl said the scholarship reflected the company’s “commitment to transfer of technology and sharing of knowledge with Indonesia."

“At the end of this program we hope the scholars can apply their experience in an Indonesian context," he said. (mrc/ary)