Jakarta. Bogor Institute of Agriculture, or IPB – one of the country's best universities in 2016, is offering a new program which will give an advantage to reciters of the Holy Koran in its 2017/2018 entrance test, its official said on Tuesday (04/04).
Yonny Koesmaryono, IPB's deputy rector for academic and student affairs, said the special entrance scheme for Koran reciters will be made part of its International and National Achievement Selection Program, or PIN.
According to the new rule, students who can recite 30 chapters of the Koran will be rewarded with additional entrance points equal to those awarded to winners of international-level science competition.
Students who can recite 15 chapters will get additional points equal to a victory at a national-level science competition, according to Yonny.
"Students applying to IPB through this scheme must show a certificate from a credible institution proving that he or she can recite the Koran. They must also submit to a recitation test as well," Yonny said in a statement. Koran reciters can apply to any faculty at the IPB.
The university has been accepting students with special achievement — as an alternative to the standard entrance test — since 1974 when it started accepting finalists from science competitions.
IPB – a state research university in West Java – was named as one of the best college in the country in 2015 and 2016 by the Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry.
QS World University Ranking 2016 placed IPB in 191st place in Asia and fifth in the country, after the University of Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology, Yogyakarta's University of Gadjah Mada and Surabaya's Airlangga University.