The Jakarta Post
As high schoolers are gearing for the joint university entrance test, known as the Entrance Test for State Universities (SBMPTN), they must also choose a program to study in their future schools.
While highly competitive programs such as medicine, law and communications often have to cut students, some programs lack them.
One such program on Kris and Traditional Weaponry offered by the Surakarta Arts Institute (ISI) in Central Java was started in 2014.
On average the program has eight students per year. However, ISI is still going to offer the program for 25 students this year.
The vice rector of ISI, I Nyoman Sukerna, said, as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com: “this program is suited to those who are interested in cultural preservation.”
No other university in Indonesia, or in the world, has offered such class, Sukerna said. Some institutions have history, archaeology and even mythology programs, but nothing as specific as what ISI has to offer.
Other unfamiliar programs include a material engineering program offered by Malikussaleh University in Aceh and actuarial science offered by the Sumatra Institute of Technology in Lampung.
Material engineers are expected to be able to examine and recreate various materials in our daily lives, such as through studying bio materials.
Actuaries are highly sought after in industrialized countries as they are taught to manage future financial risks. (eyc)