First Bruneians apply for Indonesian bursary

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THE Indonesian embassy has for the first time received applications from students in the sultanate to participate in the Darmasiswa Indonesian Scholarship Programme.

Four students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) have registered for the programme for the 2016/2017 academic year, said Shinta Hapsari, the embassy’s first secretary.

Offered by Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture in cooperation with its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the one-year non-degree scholarship is open to over 750 students around the globe for two semesters, during which they can study Indonesian language, arts, music, and other subjects at one of 54 designated Indonesian higher education institutions.

The scholarship covers living costs, book allowances, local transport, medical or healthcare expenses and pocket money.

Shinta said of the four Bruneian students, three Art and Creative Technology majors are interested in studying at the Bandung Institute of Technology in West Java, while a student majoring in History is interested in undertaking a programme at the University of Indonesia, located on the outskirts of Jakarta.

“The four Bruneian students have a good chance to receive the scholarship under the programme because in previous years, at least 20 students from each participating country were awarded the scholarship,” she said.

The deadline for applying was February 15. The scholarship recipients are scheduled to be announced on May 30, while the semester will commence in September.

Shinta said through the programme, the students can make use of the opportunity and learn about Indonesian culture as well as gain new experiences.

Giving an example, she said upon completing the programme, the students could develop the creative industry in Brunei, having learned about the applied arts in Indonesia. They could then produce art products by combining modern art with the traditional art they learned about at Indonesian varsities, she said.

She said there were 795 recipients in 2015 from countries such as the US, Netherlands, Belgium, China, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, South Korea, France, Poland, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Brunei Times