Pandemic Covid 19, ITB Distributes Education Funds and Scholarships of more than Rp8 Billion

Friday, 16 April 2021 - Anne Rufaidah
Translator : Ditmawa ITB

Bandung, DITMAWA ITB - During the Covid 19 pandemic, ITB continues to strive to provide a quality education through online education. In terms of education funds, ITB also helped distribute more than Rp8 billion in the form of assistance and scholarships to ITB students.

“Many sectors have been affected due to this pandemic, including us as an educational institution. Although in terms of income, ITB has experienced a significant decline, ITB remains committed to providing assistance and scholarships to students. The value of this assistance is greater than the conditions before the pandemic," explained ITB Deputy Rector for Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. Dr. Ir. Jaka Sembiring M.Eng during the Virtual Scholarship Gathering which was held some time ago.

He explained that around 3508 students were assisted to reduce their education funds. Funds were issued around Rp8.095.762.500 in the period 2020 to January 2021 to ease education funds. Scholarships are provided in several forms, ranging from an exemption of tuition fees until students graduate, a temporary reduction in education funds, a combination of a reduction in UKT, installments of tuition payments, to an exemption of education funds for students in 6 natural disaster locations in various regions. There is an increase of 30 percent when this value is compared to previous years.

"If in the previous year we distributed scholarship funds around Rp5 billion or more, then in this pandemic condition, we continue to strive to increase our assistance to students. Amid the declining income of ITB, our expenditure for assistance to students has even increased. This is a form of our commitment so that students can still get a good education," said Jaka.

He admitted that all the efforts made by ITB were still not optimal. However, he explained that this assistance program is opened at the beginning of each semester. For this reason, he also urged students to continue to broadcast this information as widely as possible, so that there will be more opportunities for students to receive assistance.