10th January 2011, Kompas Page 12
Two major state universities (PTNs), Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and Gadjah Mada University (UGM), will carry out their own new student admission tests before the dates of the national selection test (SNMPTN) the government has set, arguing that they have announced their tests months before the recent education ministry’s decree. Both universities said they have set the dates for online applications for their tests (ITB on 1 February through 1 April and UGM since last October) and for written tests – ITB 30 April-1 May and UGM 27 March. The Ministry of National Education decree Permendiknas 34/2010 has required PTNs to hold their own admission tests after the SNMPTN in May. ITB Rector Akhmaloka said the decree does not bind ITB because the institute is not fully a PTN, but an institution recently on a transition to become a more autonomous state-owned enterprise. However, he said, the institute remains committed with recruiting 60% of the students through the SNMPTN, as required by the decree. UGM’s director for new students recruitment Budi Prasetyo Widyobroto said they have opened applications for the tests in October, long before the education ministry announced the new decree early this month. Changing that will cause public confusion, he said.