Singapore was more aggressive with the hunt for brilliant students to a number of schools in Indonesia through its agents who are spread in many cities, like Jakarta, Surabaya, and Medan. In Jakarta, the genius that targeted students, among others who attended the High School 8, SMAN 28, SMAK 1 BPK Sower, Santa Ursula, and Canisius.
In addition to offering lectures at leading universities in Singapore, brilliant students also promised a lucrative facility.
In addition to scholarships, students are also offered a subsidy smart tuition (tuition grant) from the Government of Singapore of 15,000 Singapore dollars (about USD 112.5 million per year) or unsecured bank loan for college tuition. If students take a bank loan, the loan installment is paid after their work.
At least 250-300 a brilliant student from Indonesia every year went to Singapore to study at top universities world class. They studied at the Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, and Singapore Management University.
First Secretary of Information, Social and Cultural Embassy of Indonesia to Singapore GH Mulyana said, of the total Indonesian students and students in Singapore as many as 18 341 people, about 5448 of them are taking S-1, S-2, and S-3 in range of courses.
A number of international students an Olympic medalist in the country visited by representatives of claim Nanyang Technological University since 2008. They offer free college entrance tests, education scholarships, and work commitments during the three years in a Singaporean company.
The Government of Indonesia, they had only received notification from the Ministry of Education in early 2009 to transmit data and higher education desired options.
"Just say no entrance test PTN-free facility, but scholarships do not know yet," said one student an Olympic champion of Asia and international levels.
Participants of the International Chemistry Olympiad 2006, Adhi Kurnianto, decided to study in Singapore after a team from the Nanyang Technological University to come and do a presentation at his old school in Jakarta, SMAK 1 BPK Sower.
Wahyu Saputra from SMA Sutomo Medan, who attended the Mathematical Olympiad level of North Sumatra Province, studied chemistry and biomolecular at Nanyang Technological University with a tuition grant.
Pascal Gekko, the computer field gold medalist in Olympic National Science High School, decided to enter the National University of Singapore. He said the universities in Singapore is far more aggressive in offering opportunities for achieving students than public colleges and universities in the country.
Very strict selection
To lecture in Singapore, the three universities are doing very stringent selection. "Our university only accepts the best students," said Director of the Office of Admissions National University of Singapore R Rajaram.
Entering university ranked 30th in world ranking in 2008 the Times Higher Education
receives about 6500 new students each year, with 20 percent of them international students.
New students from Indonesia amounted to 80-100 people per year. According to Rajaram, a student from Indonesia, including the largest population after China and Malaysia.
At Nanyang Technological University, which included ranking 77th in the 2008 Times Higher Education list, every year there are 100-150 new students from Indonesia.
"Selection is usually done in several cities in Indonesia," said Chairman of the Indonesian Students Association at the Nanyang Technological University Santoso Budi Raharjo.
Singapore Management University also received many students from Indonesia. "Prospective new students were selected and interviewed," said Abel Sim, Assistant Director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Singapore Management University.
If you pass the selection, according to Rajaram, all prospective foreign students are offered a tuition grant from the Government of Singapore which extent about 15,000 Singapore dollars, or approximately USD 112.5 million per year.
"In return, they are expected to work for a company registered in Singapore or a Singapore company in the world. Demanded not money damages, but the contribution to development in Singapore, "he said.
Remaining cost to be borne around 9000 international students in Singapore dollars, or approximately USD 67.5 million. That is, students do not need to be confused. They can apply for tuition loans or loans to the banks which are also located on campus.
The loan bears no interest during still attending college. After graduation, they are still given six months to find a new job and after that the loan interest is calculated. Loan repayment time can reach 20 years.
"Guarantor it does not need a parent or relative. The important thing to know. It's easy, "said a student from Indonesia who took the scheme of tuition grants and tuition loans.
Singapore Action recruiting brilliant students is not new. Quoting the article "Singapore's Failing Bid for brainpower" that published the Far Eastern Economic Review published in October 2007, Singapore's target to recruit 150 000 foreign students by the year 2015. Ambition is part of the rapid growth of globalization of education.
Tri Turtury Meswary, Assistant Manager of Education Services Eastern Indonesia-International Operations, said the trend continued undergraduate education to Singapore increased by 10-15 percent each year.
High School Guidance Director Sungkowo Mudjiamanu Ministry of National Education, Sunday (19 / 4), said the government was trying to give students an appreciation of brilliant achievement.
Children who excel in the sense of obtaining a gold medal, silver and bronze medals at various Olympic scholarship at the national level and is still sitting in high school are given scholarships to Rp 3.6 million per year starting in 2009. "The figure is already much bigger than previous years which is only Rp 65,000 per month," he said.
Observer and teacher education at the State University of Jakarta, Lodi Paat, said the student can not be blamed when studying and working in Singapore by Singapore Government facilities.
"Which one of the Indonesian government for not providing educational facilities and decent work for them," said Lodi Paat.
Director of the Institute of Education Reform Hutomo Dananjaya Paramadina University, said governments often complain of low resource quality, but rather the children of genius "hijacked" another countryIndonesia can be advanced when