Policy & Economy

Universities chase ‘world class’ status but lack funds

Indonesian universities are mobilising their resources to boost their international competitiveness and achieve “world class” status, the country’s Education, Culture, Research and Technology Minister Nadiem Makarim said, noting his ministry is providing “full support” for the endeavour.

Some 54 universities, both state and private, are currently being assessed by the ministry and supported in their efforts to achieve international standards. “We have to make improvements in the learning process, research and curriculum,” Nadiem said at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Indonesian Chancellors Forum on 15 January.

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has also thrown his weight behind the drive. Speaking at the same forum, Jokowi, as he is commonly known in Indonesia, said the government must increase the higher education and research budget now, so that the ‘world class’ programme can continue under the next president.

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