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Jakarta Globe: Indonesian Universities the Weak Link in Booming Economy

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Indonesian Universities the Weak Link in Booming Economy 
Arlina Arshad | August 29, 2012

Indonesia’s creaking university system is failing to keep pace with its booming economy, struggling to produce graduates equipped for modern working life in the Southeast Asian nation.

“University graduates often lack the necessary skills employers need,” the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in a recent report on education.

The report observed gaps in “thinking, technical and behavioral skills,” based on a World Bank survey of employers, which found 20 to 25 percent of graduates needed retraining on the job.

Indonesian universities are “lagging behind” those of other nations and lack global competitiveness, the OECD report said, in contrast to nations such as India that produce doctors, engineers and scientists whose skills are in demand worldwide.

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