Three Timorese students become beneficiaries of the Agriculture scholarship

Three Timorese students become beneficiaries of the Agriculture scholarship

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DILI, 16 september 2023 (TATOLI)—The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Indonesian Agricultural Engineering Polytechnic (PEPI) Serpong Indonesia, today having a selection process for six Timor-Leste students who are competing for the three scholarship quotas provided for three years study in Indonesia.

Sub-Coordinator for Students at the Agricultural Education Center of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia, Willie Samodra Laya, emphasized that providing this scholarship is part of the Government’s efforts to increase cooperation with Timor-Leste, especially in terms of human resource development.

“In accordance with the mission of the Indonesian Government, especially at the Ministry of Agriculture, we see that the current impact of climate change, such as El Nino, which is quite extreme in Indonesia, and COVID-19 and the Russia-Ukraine war, has had a huge impact on the global food crisis.”

“We hope that through this program, especially for strengthening human resources, we can work together with friendly countries on how to overcome these problems,” explained Willie Samodra Laya at PBI, this Saturday.

Deputy Director 3 PEPI, Enrico Syaefullah said that the selection process was carried out directly by his team where the test results will be announced on Monday 18 September 2023. Thus, three scholarship students should arrive in PEPI Serpong to attend the lecture process at the end of September.

“We are doing a selection for six students and only three are eligible for a scholarship based on the quota, they will study major in Agricultural Mechanism for a Diploma degree for three years,” he said.

He hopes that this program can help improve the quality of Timor-Leste’s human resources in the agricultural sector and will later be able to share what they have learned in Timor-Leste and implement it directly with the community.

The National Director of Agricultural Training from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock and Forestry (MAPPF), Hipolito da Costa, expressed his gratitude to the Indonesian Government through the Ministry of Agriculture for providing this learning opportunity to Timor-Leste students.

“This is a good start for us because we are able to advance our human resources in the agricultural sector. MAPPF selected these six candidates from the Agricultural Engineering School in Timor-Leste, because the quota was only three, so we handed them all over to the team from Indonesia,” he said.

He asked the three students who would qualify to use this opportunity to improve their skills and contribute to the progress of Timor-Leste.

The participants were Aderito Soares (Bobonaro), Aquelino Rodrigues (Lautém), Filomena da Costa (Baucau), Jamito Borges (Bobonaro), Saturnino Fátima (Liquiça), and Francisco Alcino (Bobonaro).



Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia B.


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