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June, 2014:

New Scholarships for Study at World’s Top Universities
In an effort to increase the number of people with postgraduate qualifications in Indonesia …

To Stop Students Dropping High School, Indonesia Kids Study Online Instead
While there are a lot of concerns about Indonesia’s IT teaching in schools, today there’s some …

Indonesian Language Gains Favor Among Foreigners
Dozens of people from around the world were busy preparing food and beverages to sell on …

Warning of ‘Talent Shortage’ as Indonesia’s Education System Fails Nations
While over a hundred thousand workers are preparing to demand better pay in the May Day 

Indonesian Students Finish Their Year with ‘Unhealthy Exams’
Across Indonesia, high school seniors will be breathing a collective sigh of relief as the national

 

April, 2014:

A US Alumni? There’s an App For You
The United States has always been an attractive destination for students wishing to pursue …

How Expensive is Education in Indonesia?
When it comes to education, money is still the limiting factor for most people. With limited …

UW-River Falls Reaches Worldwide, Including Indonesia
The UW-River Falls has been engaged internationally for decades, but, in recent years …

Call of the Orangutan: An Expedition to Indonesia
This week I’ll swap the traffic and sunshine of Los Angeles for the rainforests of Indonesia 

University Enrollment Requirements Protested
People with disabilities and differently abled people are protesting the 2014 state university …

 

March, 2014:

Linguist Shines Light on Endangered Indonesian Languages
Indonesia, with 700 spoken languages, is one of the most multilingual nations in the world …

Changing the Formula for Physics and Math Education: Learning Through Logic
When Yohanes Surya, founder of Surya University, was a young boy living on the outskirts …

More Students Become BIDIKMISI Scholarship Target By
The Government of Indonesia plans to provide more students with Bidikmisi scholarships …

Can Indonesia Educate Itself Out of Middle-income Status?
After successfully expanding their economies from low- to middle-income levels, many

Indonesia Struggles to Bridge Its Skills Gap
In 2008, the government set a target of 5,000 Indonesians completing PhDs each year …

 

February, 2014:

Cornell: Planners to Study Development in Indonesia
Victoria Beard, associate professor of city and regional planning (CRP), will be leading a new …

Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) Students Win International Debate Contest
Students from a university in Bandung, West Java, won an international debate competition, making …

Higher Education for All Crucial If Indonesia Wants to Keep Growing
Higher education is an engine of economic growth. Its demand is not only fueled by

I Spotted Two Pairs of Female Orangutans and Their Young Foraging for Food in the Indonesian Jungle
I opened my eyes and immediately felt the heat of my bed sheet and the mosquito net …

 

December, 2013:

Fulfilling Indonesia’s Urgent Need to Develop Skilled Human Resources
In Indonesia there will be a significant shift in job market priorities because of the ongoing transition of …

Quality Education for All Indonesians by 2030
The Millennium Development Goals have shown us that when the world comes together around shared …

Ten Public Universities Share Rp1.5b Scholarship Funds From Lippo Group
The Lippo Group on Tuesday handed out scholarship funds totaling Rp 1.5 billion ($130,000) to be …

Back to School for Education Policy Makers
Indonesia ranks second from the bottom in an international education survey conducted to assess …

 

November, 2013:

Designing Higher Education for a Sustainable Economy
Indonesia’s impressive economic growth in the last decade has many pundits predicting that the country’s …

Keeping Hopes High for Better Education in Indonesia
The right to education has been enshrined in the preamble of Indonesia’s constitution, obliging the …

Open Data to Support Academic Work in Indonesia
Students at Sam Ratulangi University in Manado, North Sulawesi, some two thousand kilometers away …

Learning, and Loving, Foreign Language
“Fun” is not a word that most people would use to describe the experience of learning a new language …

Indonesia Neglects Research: LIPI
Inadequate funding and lack of political support have caused Indonesia’s involvement in scientific research …

 

September, 2013:

A Center of Education for Character and Virtue
The recent establishment of the National Movement for Building the Character of Indonesian Students …

South Sulawesi Establishes New Environment University
The South Sulawesi administration has started the development of a new university with environmental …

‘Postcards to Java’ Broaden Horizons of Indonesian Madrasah Students
When Peace Corps volunteer Matthew Borden Nunez started asking friends and family from around …

The Thinker: Screening English
The 60th Teflin International Conference held last week revealed that the proficiency of English teachers …

How a University League Hopes to Change Indonesian Sport
For the fledgling Liga Mahasiswa, nurturing quality young athletes as part of efforts to develop Indonesian …

 

August, 2013:

YES Alumnus an Advocate for Preserving Cultural Heritage
My American friends used to call me Louie when I was hosted in Athens, Ohio during my YES program …

Geology Grad Students Helps Indonesians Understand Their Volcanoes
Nine thousand miles is a long way to go for research. But, if you are studying volcanoes, Indonesia is the …

Indonesian Universities Look Abroad to Gain Edge
In the most recent QS World University Rankings, the highest-ranked university in Indonesia sits at 273, far …

New Generation of Indonesian Scholars Present Their Work
Some of Indonesia’s brightest academic minds have unveiled their latest research, but a senior intellectual …

Indonesian Government Launches Twelve Years Universal Education Program
The Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia today officially initiated the Twelve Year Universal …

Lauren Zentz: In Support of Local Languages
Amid the fervent promotion of the English language in the Indonesian context, Lauren Zentz revives memories …

On a Flawed Indonesian Education System
Every kid was born a scientist. In our early years, we began to wonder everything: why the sky is blue, how …

 

June, 2013:

Hoping for More Indonesian Research Fellows
Indonesia is underrepresented by researchers at foreign universities/research institutions. In …

Benicia Native Brings Creative Teaching Method in Indonesia
A Peace Corps volunteer and Benicia native is teaching his Indonesian students how to speak …

Indonesian Universities Focus on Video Conferencing Opportunity
Seventeen deans of public and private universities, along with the Secretary-General of …

Indonesia Sets Tuition Fees for State Universities
The government has set the standard for tuition fees that may be charged by state-run universities …

Indonesia’s Universities Fall Behind the Rest of Asia
Asian universities have gained significant ground on their Western counterparts and could …

In Indonesia, a Dearth of Talent
Businesses in Indonesia have a lot to smile about: a growing consuming class of tens of …

 

May, 2013:

Assessing University Autonomy
Law No. 9/2009 on Education Legal Entity reinstates the autonomy of seven state universities …

Wanted: Engineers to Keep Indonesia Competitive
Indonesia needs more engineering graduates to help boost economic growth and remain competitive …

Inspiring the Anxious Generation
Great minds think alike, or do they? Find out at today’s TEDx event in South Jakarta, as great minds …

School Our Teachers
Last week’s national examination fiasco, which forced high school students in 11 provinces to postpone …

On Education Day, Minister Apologizes for Exam Mess
As the nation commemorated National Education Day, which falls every May 2, Education and Culture …

 

April, 2013:

Educate the Teachers
The government’s plan to launch a new national curriculum in 2013 has met unlikely opponents: confused …

In Indonesia, Pluralism Course Promotes Culture of Peace
Indonesia is blessed with incredible diversity, yet that blessing is also a source of challenges. The archipelago …

Questioning Autonomy in Higher Education
The recent debate on a judicial review filed with the Constitutional Court against Law No. 12/ 2012 on higher …

Majority of Disabled Lack Access to Education
Close to 70 percent of special needs children have no access to education, says the Education and Culture …

Indonesian Education System Fails Students
Indonesian students need to revolutionize their learning approach to compete as multinational …

 

March, 2013:

USAID PRIORITAS Extends Hands in Developing Education in Indonesia
“USAID PRIORITAS” is a five-year program developed by USAID and the Government of Indonesia based on …

Indonesian Schools to Receive Rp 1 Million Per Student Annually
Starting in the 2013 school year, the government will disburse to schools Rp 1 million ($103) per student …

Opening Access to Global Education to Indonesian Students
As overseas students Stanford University, Martin Tjioe and Veni Johanna observed that there are very few …

Ambassador Visits Balikpapan, Promotes Green Growth and Education
U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel traveled to Balikpapan February 12 and 13, where he met with government …

Private Higher Education Must Improve to Compete: VP
Vice President Boediono said that it was impossible to prevent foreign universities from operating in Indonesia …

 

February, 2013:

Indonesia’s Three Biggest Universities Slide Dramatically in Popularity Rankings
In an online ranking of the popularity of universities, Indonesia’s three biggest schools have …

Govt Told to Tackle Thesis-Writing Business in Yogyakarta
The Yogyakarta provincial administration should close down businesses offering services …

Diving Into the Coral Triangle
As I awoke to the sounds of the mullahs’ calls for morning prayer in Ujung Padang, I pondered …

State Universities to Scrap Initial Fees for New Students
State-owned universities will scrap initial school fees for new students from the beginning of the …

Pelita Harapan University (UPH) Takes Logical Step With Training Law Students
Pelita Harapan University’s Law School is looking to revolutionize curriculums across Indonesia …

Teachers Urged Not to Pad Students’ Grades in University Selection Process
Education authorities have urged school officials not to pad students’ final grades, after announcing …

 

January, 2013:

Few Indonesian Science Papers Published in International Journals
Poor analytical capacity among Indonesian researchers is to blame for the lack of academic papers published …

The Sanctity of Multicultural Education in Teaching and Learning
The Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama victory in the Jakarta gubernatorial election last …

Indonesian Teachers’ Union Speaks Out Against New Curriculum
Practitioners and experts expressed criticism toward the new school curriculum set to be implemented in …

Passing Grades and Failures in Indonesian Education
The Indonesian education scene will remember 2012 as a roller coaster ride, buoyed by high-achieving …

Quality is Key to World-Class Universities
There is a lot to learn from the International Arts and Sciences (IJAS) Conference that was held in …

 

December, 2012:

Ministry Seeks Public Advice on New Curriculum
The Education and Culture Ministry has released the 2013 draft curriculum to the public in the hope of …

Foreign Business Schools Eye Indonesians
The QS World MBA Tour, billed “The Biggest MBA Fair,” has been visiting major cities in Southeast Asia to …

Should College Students Learn Indonesian?
Why do you need to study Indonesian in college? Don’t you think you have studied it enough in school? Such …

US Government Gives $2.8 Million for Papua Education
The US government has provided a $2.8 million grant for education and $1.5 million in funding for  …

Indonesia To Expand ICT-Based Education
Indonesia has pledged to strengthen its education networks by utilizing information and communication …

 

November, 2012:

The Higher Education Law: Challenges and Prospects
Just less than 100 days after the adoption of the Higher Education Law on July 12, 2012, the Constitutional …

Democracy Needs the Liberal Arts
It is sometimes argued that the apparent decline in standards of public morality in Indonesia as well as …

Should Education Ministry Eliminate English and Reintroduce Pancasila in School Curriculum?
In the latest English Proficiency Index released by international education company Education First, popularly …

Foreign Students Find Indonesia To Their Liking
While many of Indonesia’s bright young things are leaving the country in search of an education abroad, many …

Indonesian Government is Right to Change Curriculum
There has been a lot of criticism lately of the government’s proposal to radically change the elementary school …

 

October, 2012:

Indiana University School of Education Dean Travels to Indonesia as Part of Higher Education Project
Indiana University School of Education Dean Gerardo Gonzalez is spending this week in the Republic …

Indonesia Facing a Looming Scientist Shortage, LIPI Say
The country’s foremost research institute is warning of a brain drain in the scientific community over the …

Top US Business School Dean Says Indonesia Ripe for Global MBAs
With galloping economic growth in recent years, Indonesia has emerged as a promising economic  …

Cut Indonesia’s Dropout Rates, Boost PhDs to Prepare for Future: Government
Slashing secondary school dropout rates and producing more PhDs are key goals of the government’s …

Poor Financial Management ‘Rampant’ at Universities in Indonesia
A leading budget activist group has identified at least Rp 1.3 trillion ($136 million) in possible losses at …

 

September, 2012:

Indonesian Government Plans to Spend Over $34 Billion on Education
The Indonesian government has proposed a Rp 21 trillion ($2.2 billion) increase in education spending …

Research Shows English Proficiency on the Rise in Indonesia
New data released by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) shows that English …

Indonesian Universities the Weak Link in Booming Economy
Indonesia’s creaking university system is failing to keep pace with its booming economy, struggling to …

Indonesian Education, Science Are Improving: Research Body
The quality of education and the development of science in Indonesia are improving, said the Indonesian …

Teachers as Researchers; Is It Possible in Indonesia?
The education law stipulates that teachers have a BA degree as the minimum requirement. It further states …

 

August, 2012:

Indonesia’s New Law Opens Door to Foreign Universities
The House of Representatives (DPR) on Friday endorsed the much-debated Higher Education Bill which …

Proposal to Liberalize Indonesia’s University Sector Draws Criticism
Close to one million young Indonesians will enter university in September, and the number is set to grow in …

Critics and Advocates Weigh Faults and Merits of Higher Education Bill
A contentious bill on higher education that critics say will lead to higher fees is set to be passed into law …

Some in Indonesia’s Private Sector Put Eye on Education
As school costs rise, private foundations and banks are chipping in to help more students access education …

Indonesian Students Excited and Anxious to Attend School in U.S
Eighteen-year-old Satrio Riyadi Putranto is feeling a sense of both excitement and apprehension. Having …

 

July, 2012:

Private College Caught Up In University Graft Claims
As antigraft officials begin looking into allegations of corruption at four stop state universities, revelations … 

Boediono Exalts National Youth’s Spirit as Volunteer Teachers Prepare for Posts
Vice President Boediono has praised 71 young volunteers who are embarking on a journey to some of …

Teachers Using Fake Certificates Damages Student’s Souls
Education and Cultural Minister Muhammad Nuh demanded on Saturday that education officials in East …

University Departments Shrouded in Mystery
As the National Selection for State Universities draws closer, some students are still in the dark about their …

Jakarta Book Fair: Education Communities Get Awards
Four social organizations, namely Indonesia Mengajar, Komunitas Kandang Jurang Doank, Forum Penulis …

 

June, 2012:

Seven Indonesian Scientists Win 800 Thousand US Dollars Grants
Seven Indonesian scientists won competition to obtain research grants provided by USAID worth US$800 … 

Education in Indonesia Key to Future of ‘Golden Generation’
In about two decades, Indonesia will hit the demographic jackpot, according to Education …

New Bill Could Help Indonesia Poor Students Stay in University
The higher education bill set to be passed next month will allow students from poor families to …

University Departments Shrouded in Mystery
As the National Selection for State Universities draws closer, some students are still in the …

Redesigning the Curriculum for English Teachers
Around 1 million out of 2.9 million teachers have taken a PLPG program, or mandatory …


May, 2012:

Foreign Universities Welcomed to Operare in Indonesia, with a Catch
A minister welcomed foreign universities to operate in Indonesia, as long as their executives …

Indonesia: Divisive Language
Many educators and education experts believe that the use of English as a teaching medium in …

Seven Universities from USA to Collaborate with President University
As many as seven top universities from the United States visited President University on April 17th to discuss …

After Success in Health Service Quantity, Indonesia Now Addresses Quality
Indonesia has been able to make great progress in increasing the coverage of health services …

Taking Big-City Skills to Indonesia’s Villages
Astuti Kusumaningrum was working a desk job for a children’s foundation when she received …

 

April, 2012:

Compulsory Research Publications for all Indonesian Students Faces a Long Road
The director general of higher education at the Education and Culture Ministry, Djoko Santoso …

Graduation Day for Indonesia on Horizon
Indonesia is experiencing a little-noticed but fundamental transformation in tertiary education. Enrolments are …

Indonesia: Better Teachers are Key to Better Schools
If Indonesia has any hope achieving its lofty goal being of the world’s top 10 economies by 2030, it will …

Expanding Education in Indonesia is a Good First Step
The government’s efforts to expand compulsory education by another three years to 12 should be applauded …

 

March, 2012:

Building on Presidential Bonds, U.S. and Indonesia Seek Ways to Increase Academic Partnerships
Higher-education leaders and government officials from the United States and Indonesia …

United States Government Invests $19 million in Indonesian Higher Education
Investment in Indonesia’s higher education institutions is a top priority under the U.S. Indonesia …

Ambassadors Seek Links Between U.S. and Indonesian Colleges
As the Ambassadors of the United States of American to Indonesia and the Ambassadors …

Asia Will Power Growth in Research and Development This Year, Including Indonesia
An annual forecast of spending on research and development predicts …

 

February, 2012:

U.S.-Indonesia Collaboration on Science & Technology
Under the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, the United States and Indonesia …

Study Abroad Programs: A ‘Sure Thing’ for Development in Indonesia
Having worked with Indonesia’s higher education sector since 2000, I have come to …

Challenges to the Internationalization of Higher Education in Indonesia
During the last few weeks, there has been a controversial debate over the draft of the Higher Education Act …