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Jakarta Post

Govt to spend Rp 140 billion on 25,000 digital scholarships this year

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Sun, May 5, 2019   /  05:42 pm
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Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara takes a selfie with the first batch of Apple Academy graduates in BSD City in Banten. (Jakarta Post/JP/Norman Harsono)

The Communications and Information Ministry will spend least Rp 140 billion (US$98.3 million) on this year's digital talent scholarship program that will be open for 25,000 applicants. With the help of tech giants like Google, Cisco and Microsoft, the scholarships will equip participants under 29 years old across 20 provinces with various skills, including in cybersecurity, cloud computing, coding and digital entrepreneurship. Depending on the applicants' preferences and educational backgrounds, the classes will range from two weeks to two months with at least 11,000 online and 14,000 in classroom scholarships. Afterward, graduates can seek internships at over 2,600 companies that could later provide employment opportunities. “Various industries need a huge amount of digital technicians yet we have a shortage of manpower. So this is an initiative to reduce [the ...