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Indonesian scientists merely 100 per one million residents

posted Jan 6, 2014, 8:34 PM by University Partnerships
Indonesia's Minister of Research and Technology, Gusti Muhammad Hatta, pointed out Indonesia's shortage of quality scientists. Currently, there are only 16,000 scientists per university, which is 100 per one million residents Indonesia - ideally, the number of researchers should be 2,000 per million residents. This shortage is attributed to the lack of funding or allocation from the national expenditure that goes to aid research. Less than one percent of the national GDP is allocated to research, which is a percentage less than other growing Asian countries such as South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and India. It is a goal for the next long term national plan and strategy to increase budget for research, including providing more scholarships that will enable more Indonesian youths to pursue higher education.