The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Indonesia in Ghana, Hon. Paskal A.B. Rois has stressed the need for more Ghanaians to take advantage of the Kemitraan Negara Berkembang (KNB) Scholarship of the Republic of Indonesia to pursue a wide range of courses in Indonesia. According to him, such a support scheme from the Indonesian government would not only build the capacities, skills and knowledge of many of the youth of the country but also help contribute to the human resource development of the country.
Hon. Rois was speaking at a brief ceremony at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra during the return to the country of a Ghanaian beneficiary of the KNB Scholarship. Mr. Courage Yaw Krah a beneficiary of the scholarship was in Indonesia since September, 2018 to November, 2021 to pursue a Master’s degree programme in Post Harvest Technology in the Institut Pertamian Bogor (IPB). Since its inception in 1992, just few Ghanaians have applied to access this scholarship, a situation the Consul finds worrying.
The KNB Scholarship is a financial assistance package offered by the Indonesian government to prospective international students from developing countries to pursue Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degree courses of their choice in top ranked Indonesian universities.
The scholarship idea was conceived in the 10th Conference of Heads of State of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries between 1st and 6th September, 1992 after which Indonesia began implementing the package the following year.
Speaking at the event, the Honorary Consul who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of Rig Oil International Services (ROIS) Limited in Ghana, commended the latest beneficiary of the scholarship scheme for returning to Ghana on completion of his academic programme. Hon. Rois extolled the benefits of the all-expenses-paid KNB scholarship which he said offers the beneficiaries not only the experience of studying in top Indonesian universities but also living in one of the world’s most diverse and vibrant societies.
The Honorary Consule said the objective of the scholarship is aimed among other things at contributing to human resource development base of developing countries around the globe. It promotes deeper cultural understanding not only between developing countries but also strengthening the relationship and cooperation between such countries.
Hon. Rois mentioned Humanities, Engineering, Social Sciences, Sciences and Education as the available programmes under the scheme which there are several courses available for pursuance among other courses available.
He stated that the scholarship for Bachelor degree programmes is opened to persons aged 25 and below while the Master’s degree courses are available to persons aged 35 and below with CGPA of 3.25/4.0. The Doctorate degree scholarship is for persons aged 40 years and below.
The 2018 beneficiary of the KNB Scholarship, Mr. Courage Yaw Krah who studied Master of Science (MSc) in Post Harvest Technology at the IPB University, disclosed that all his expenses including flights to and from Indonesia were covered by the scholarship. Mr. Krah said he had learnt more about processing foodstuffs which he is looking forward to practising in Ghana.
Mr. Krah urged that more Ghanaians youths should endeavor to apply for the KNB scholarship to help them finance their education. According to him, with the presence of the Indonesian Consulate in Ghana, applying for the KNB Scholarship has become easier than ever before.
The 2021 beneficiary of the Scholarship, Miss Daisy Armah was also present at the ceremony. She is scheduled to leave in December 2021 to pursue masters degree in management at the Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), Indonesia.
She also expressed gratitude to the Indonesian Consulate in Ghana for assisting her throughout the application process.
The next KNB Scholarship application process would be opened in February 2022.