Two Selection Channels for PTN Admission

Posted on November 15, 2010

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November 15, 2010

Kompas, Page 12

Some state universities (PTNs) have decided to apply two admission channels in response to government’s instruction for state universities to admit 60% of their students through a nationwide selection scheme. State universities accepted the requirement, which is stipulated in Government Decree No. 66/2010, and have agreed to apply a nationwide selection program through written and non-written tests procedures, said Musliar Kasim, who chairs the Council of State University Rectors. He said the written procedure would be done through the existing national selection test for state university (SNMPTN), while the non-written procedure would see a national panel selecting high-achieving students through individual invitation, under which the prospective students are also given the freedom to apply for three universities they like. The required 60% admission quota would be achieved through both procedures, Musliar added. Rector of the Bandung Institute of Technology Akhmaloka added that PTN rectors have informally agreed to set admit at least 20% of their new students through the written procedure and 10% through the non-written procedure. Separately, Rector of the Bogor Institute of Agriculture Herry Suhardiyanto said 66% of the institute’s new students recruitment has since 1974 been through the academic-based selection (called USMI) while those selected through SNMPTN only comprised 16% and those through other selection channels 18%.

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