JAKARTA: Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Linda
Amalia Sari Gumelar inaugurated the International Women’s University in
Bandung, West Java, on Friday.
The first of its kind in Indonesia, the university aims to offer high
level education for women, according to the university’s rector Sri
“We want to increase the number of highly competent, professional women
who will work for government bureaucracy, legislative bodies, NGOs and
other sectors,” Sri Redjeki told Antara state news agency.
She said the establishment of the university was in line with the law
that requires that 30 percent of seats in the government and
legislative bodies be allocated to women, whom now make up 51 percent
of the whole population. Sri Redjeki said that despite its name, the
university would also have male students.
The university will offer undergraduate programs in science and technology, communications and social sciences. — JP