Lippo Group awarded grants to 10 state universities in a ceremony at the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education office in December. Lippo Group president Theo Sambuaga handed over the grants to rectors and vice-rectors of the universities at the ceremony, which was attended by Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Muhammad Nasir. “We’re working together with the government to improve education in this country,” Theo said. Initiated in 2011, the grants are part of Lippo Group’s corporate social responsibility program intended to help students from poor families to go to universities. Each year, Lippo Group gives a total of Rp1.5 billion ($105,000) in study grants to 10 universities all over the country. A total of 60 state universities have received Lippo Group grants so far. Last year the grants went to Batam State Polytechnic, Sriwijaya State Polytechnic, Sebelas Maret University, Yogyakarta State University, Jember State University, Banjarmasin State Polytechnic, Samarinda State Polytechnic, West Sulawesi State University, Ujung Pandang State Polytechnic and Timor University. “We give the grants to the rectors. They know better who to give the grants to,” Theo added. Lippo Group also plans to give grants to private universities once all state universities have received a share. Minister Nasir applauded Lippo Group’s commitment to help the government reach its goal to make Indonesian education more inclusive. “It’s always good news when companies are willing to help the government improve our educational institutions, so we can improve the quality of our human resources,” the minister said. “We have our own scholarship programs, such as Bidikmisi and Academic Achievement Scholarship (PPA), but our limited budget still can’t guarantee that everyone will have access to higher education,” he added. Nasir told the rectors at the ceremony to give the grants to students who really need them.