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Thousands pass entrance test for state universities

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 12, 2017   /   07:47 pm
Thousands pass entrance test for state universities High school students celebrate their graduation after the 2017 national exam by painting their uniforms and traveling in a motorcycle convoy in Bandar Lampung, Lampung, on May 2. (Antara/Ardiansyah)

As many as 148,066 students have been accepted to continue their studies at 85 state universities after they passed the joint entrance test for state universities (SBMPTN).

The accepted students were 14.36 percent of the total 797,738 applicants this year, Research and Technology and Higher Education Minister Mohammad Nasir said in a statement on Monday.

“This year's SBMPTN applicants slightly increased from the 721,326 students recorded last year. Of this year’s number, 158,157 students applied for the government's Bidikmisi scholarship program,” Nasir said.

Among the accepted students were 113,968 regular applicants and 34,098 others were scholarship applicants, the minister explained. The names of accepted students will be officially announced by the ministry on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

The SBMPTN was the second phase of application for entry to state universities this year after the state university entrance selection (SNMPTN).

The ministry's director general for learning and student affairs, Intan Ahmad, said universities would verify the feasibility and quota aspects for the accepted Bidikmisi applicants.

The ministry has set a quota of 80,000 scholarship applicants. (yon)