Today, the Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI) and the Netherlands Education Support Office (Nuffic Neso Indonesia) signed an MOU to co-finance two more batches of the International Master Program on Mathematic Education (IMPoME) for a total of 20 young Indonesian lecturers. IMPoME started in 2009 and has so far produced 22 master-degree holders in Realistic Mathematic Education (RME) while currently there are 10 students still studying in the Netherlands at the Freudenthal Institute of the University of Utrecht. The two final groups of students will depart to the Netherlands in 2013 and 2014. From the Dutch side the financial contribution comes from the StuNed Scholarship programme.
IMPoME aims to support the implementation and dissemination of RME or Pendidikan Matematika Realistic Indonesia (PMRI) in Indonesia by providing scholarships to math lecturers to study Realistic Mathematic Education (RME) and pursue their master degree in the Netherlands. IMPoME has been implemented in Indonesia since 2001 by applying pilot project in 12 elementary schools and now has been implemented in hundreds of schools spread through out Aceh to Ambon involving more than 20 Teacher Training Colleges or Lembaga Pendidikan Tinggi Keguruan (LPTK). RME was pioneered by Prof. Freudenthal from the Netherlands who taught math by linking it to our daily activities.
“The Dutch Higher Education Institution for this program is Utrecht University, a prominent university in the Netherlands which is consistently ranked among the top 100 universities in various global rankings. Therefore, we are convinced that the quality of the program and its graduates will be beneficial for mathematics education in Indonesia. We hope that this program will becomes a sustainaible double degree program after the completion of these two batches, “Mervin Bakker, Nuffic Neso Director said.
“The double degree program between the Indonesian partners, UNESA and UNSRI, and Utrecht University is part of the commitment to maintain and to improve the existing cooperation aiming to increase the academic staffs and Indonesian’s university towards world class university. Currently we are preparing a pre double degree for a year and double degree for 2 years” stated Supriadi Rustad, Director of Human Resources, Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI), Ministry of Education and Culture.
The selected participants come from various universities in Indonesia and are pooled at Universitas Sriwijaya (UNSRI), Palembang and Universitas Negeri Surabaya (UNESA) for selection as well for the Indonesian part of the program. The selected candidates have finished their English preparation class and foundation courses at UNESA and UNSRI. Upon returning from studying in the Netherlands the students would conduct six-month research in Indonesia.
StuNed (Studeren in Nederland) is a scholarship programme focusing on mid-career professionals, as part of the bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands. The scholarship programme aims to contribute to the development of Indonesia through strengthening the human resources of Indonesian organisations. Individual applicants may apply for master degree or short courses in the Netherlands, whilst institutions may submit proposals for tailor made training programmes. Nuffic Neso Indonesia is the implementing agency for the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
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