These 4 majors do not exist in Indonesia, BRIN-LPDP prepares priority scholarships abroad

TIME.CO, Jakarta – National Agency for Research and Innovation (BRIN) and the Education Fund Management Institute (LPDP) will soon announce priority scholarships for four fields of study that cannot yet be studied in Indonesia.

This was stated by the head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko, at the 2023 Sarwono Award ceremony which was held at the BJ Habibie building, Jakarta on Wednesday, August 23, 2023.

“Together with the LDPP, we have initiated priority scholarships for four subject areas which cannot be studied in Indonesia, you have to study abroad,” he said.

Handoko said this program needs to be made systematic so that those who have studied abroad are not too heavy when they return to Indonesia. The learning system will be accompanied by a collaborative research program with related universities.

“That’s why the BRIN Priority Scholarships cannot choose the place of study. Mr. Edy Giri and the team who decide based on an agreement,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the four areas of focus are biodiversity utilization, deep-sea technology, space and aviation, and nuclear technology for medical and industrial applications.

In the first field, namely the exploitation of biodiversity, the beneficiaries of the scholarships will study advanced biotechnology. In the field of deep sea technology, however, what will be studied is how to explore the depths of the sea.

“Because nobody has the capacity at the moment, so we have to create it soon before the new ships arrive,” he added.


Meanwhile, the aerospace and aviation sectors will focus on remote sensing, and nuclear technology will be targeted specifically for medical and industrial applications.

“Our hope is that in the next five to ten years we will be able to be independent in terms of education in these four fields, so that research and innovation activities for sectors that are the heart of the Indonesian economy in the future can be developed accelerated,” he explained.

During a press conference, Handoko and BRIN Human Resources Deputy for Science and Technology Edy Giri assured that the fellowship program will be announced early this year.

“Actually, we were able to start this August, but as Edy Giri and his team needed to confirm the location of his studio’s destination, we were a little behind. We should have released it last month under the LPDP,” he said.

Quotas for 500 people over five years will be foreseen in these four sectors. As for the destination university, BRIN and LPDP cannot be certain. But what is certain is that the beneficiaries of the scholarships will study at foreign universities.

‘We make sure that (foreign universities) are willing not only to accept our students but also to collaborate with the research groups that are here,’ he explained.

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