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Foreign Universities Welcomed to Operate in RI, with a Catch

posted Apr 15, 2012, 5:24 AM by Brook Ross   [ updated Aug 9, 2012, 6:59 AM ]
The Jakarta Post [web site]
April 28, 2012
 
Foreign Universities Welcomed to Operate in RI, with a Catch
 
A minister welcomed foreign universities to operate in Indonesia, as
long as their executives are willing to collaborate with domestic
higher learning institutions in their operations.
 
Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh said Saturday that the
higher education bill, currently still being discussed by the
lawmakers, granted foreign institutions opportunities to operate in
the country on condition that they meet two requirements.
 
“First, they [foreign universities] must be accredited. Second, they
must work together with local universities in their management,” he
said as quoted by Antara news agency.
 
During his visit to the Surabaya State Electronic Polytechnic in East
Java, Nuh said that the new regulation would further facilitate local
education colleges in cooperation with foreign universities,
particularly in terms of technology transfer.
 
Nuh stressed that Indonesia would not follow an example set by
Malaysia, which he claimed had allowed foreign universities to enter
without any pre-conditions.
 
“If we let foreign universities stand independently [in Indonesia], we
will get stuck in an educational liberalization. We will provide
detailed rules through government regulation for any foreign
institution that wants to enter our country,” he said.
 
Surabaya State Electronic Polytechnic director Dadet Pramadihanto said
that the existence of foreign universities in the country was not a
threat, but they would not be able to enter the country without
cooperation from local universities.
 
“If legislators pass the bill into law, we will increase our
cooperation with foreign institutions, but merely by conducting
research or exchange of students and lectures and not to build new
universities together,” he said.
 
United Development Party (PPP) legislator Reni Marlinawati previously
said that Article 50 of the bill required foreign universities
operating in Indonesia to hire Indonesian lecturers and staff members.
(asa)
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