The Jakarta Post
Gadjah Mada University (UGM) has refuted claims that a 60 percent cashback is being offered for payments made for tuition at the institute using e-payment platform OVO.
Hati-hati HOAKS, waspadalah!😉 pic.twitter.com/9G7JX9izge— UGM (@UGMYogyakarta) January 21, 2019
In a Twitter post on Monday, the university tweeted, "Be cautious of hoaxes, be aware!" with a picture of a pamphlet announcing the offer that has been crossed out in red.
Other universities were also mentioned in the pamphlet, namely Diponegoro University, Semarang State University, the Bandung Institute of Technology, the Bogor Agricultural University and Airlangga University.
Confirming the news, UGM public relations and protocol department head Iva Ariani told kompas.com on Tuesday that, "Yes, it is indeed a hoax."
Iva said that all regulations related to tuition at UGM were available on the university's official website ugm.ac.id.
Single tuition payments for new students are due only after they have been accepted and data has been verified.
Since 2013, UGM has used a single tuition payment system, which is accessible through bank partners of the state university.
"We cooperate with BTN, BNI and Bank Mandiri for the national entrance test for state universities [SNMPTN] and the joint entrance test for state universities [SBMPTN]," explained Iva.
Separately, a staff member of the Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry's public relations department told kompas.com that the circulated information was indeed a hoax.
"Collaboration between a higher institute of education and other institution or private ones can be done independently. However, if the official [social media] account of a university states that [such information] is a hoax, then it is indeed a hoax," said the staff member.
No information regarding the program has been posted on OVO's official Instagram account that has more than 295,000 followers. The company has not issued an official statement regarding the matter despite an attempt to get confirmation. (kes)