Foreign students who are registered for the Darmasiswa scholarship took photo together after the Monitoring and Evaluation.
Bureau of Planning and International Cooperation (BPKLN) of the Ministry of Culture Education of the Republic of Indonesia (Kemendikbud), Tuesday (9/11), conducted monitoring and evaluation of Darmasiswa scholarship program at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM). 17 foreign students of Darmasiswa participants were asked to fill a questionnaire containing several questions related to the implementation of Darmasiswa at UMM.
Darmasiswa is the Indonesian government scholarship program for foreign students to learn Bahasa Indonesia and explore Indonesian culture. The program is managed by four ministries, which are the Ministry of Culture and Education, the Ministry of Secretariat of Indonesia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.
The monitoring was conducted in the third month of Darmasiswa implementation. Annually, Darmasiswa program is followed by approximately 600s of students from around the world and placed in 54 universities in Indonesia. At UMM, Darmasiswa program is entering its 10th year since it was first held in 2006. This year, participants came from several countries such as Germany, Chile, Sudan, South Korea, Japan and Thailand.
Every year, each participant received 2.5 million rupiahs each month for educational grant from the State Budget (APBN). UMM also received funding channels because it is also as the implementing agency of Darmasiswa. Dr. Arif Budi Wurianto MSi as the Head of Technical Implementation Unit (UPT) Indonesian for Foreign Speakers (BIPA) UMM told "It means that the implementation should be in accordance with provision or law," when was met at his office on Wednesday (10/11).
Monitoring was also intended to make sure that there is no problem as long as the student is in the shade of the university. "Everything might occur. The problem might happened because of personal matter,violence, immigration, or even cases that require students repatriated or deported. Alhamdulillah, during the execution of Darmasiswa at UMM we never heard about these kind of problems," he explained.
"Because it involves four ministries, whether the program is running well or not, it should be monitored. Yesterday, the person who had responsibility to review just took some data related to the implementation of the administration, "he explained.
"This monitoring activity will determine whether we can continue as a provider or not. Therefore, UMM must provide the best service. I personally believe we already gave good programs and services. So, this is also a consideration for UMM to be a provider, "he said. (Can / han)