DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – Mata Garuda Bali (MGB) as one of the scholarship grantee organizations under Endowment Fund of Education (LPDP), held a soft launching at Wardamewa University, Denpasar, on Friday, May 4. At the same time, a scholarship seminar was also held in order to motivate lecturers or bachelor degree students to take the scholarship.
“Last year, there were only 259 scholarship grantees in Bali. It was a small number compared to other region like in Yogjakarta that reaching 3000 grantees. For this year we targeting 2000 grantees for Bali,” Chairman of the MGB Ida Bagus Mandhara Brasika said.
Brasika explained one of the problem is the lack of information on the existence of the scholarship. That’s why, besides through this seminar, LPDP also holds other program so more lecturers and students in Bali follow the scholarship.
One of the excellence programs is Bali Makedekan which is an effort to develop the society in some remote villages in Bali. This program has been implemented since 2016 in Songan Village of Bangli Regency and Seraya Village of Karangasem Regency. In addition, LPDP and Selection Simulation (SUSU) Roadshows are aimed at introducing LPDP scholarships, especially for undergraduate students who are interested in continuing their further studies.
Another program is Bali Scholarship Expo (BASE) which this year will be held on June 5, 2018 at Nusantara Room, Agrokompleks Building of Udayana University.
“In addition to introducing scholarships available to Indonesian people, BASE 2018 will also provides information and motivation on the importance of higher education and become a consultancy forum for scholarship and higher education,” he said.
Brasika further explained that currently LPDP has worked with more than 200 universities around the world. Scholarship grantees can choose at which university they want to continue their study. LPDP is also funded the cost for study, visa and settlement allowance.
“I hope in the future, more universities or companies aware of the quality of LPDP’s scholarship graduate,” Brasika said.