The Constitutional Court has rejected a judicial review
submitted by six students from Padang-based Andalas University to challenge the
2012 higher education law that legalizes the presence of foreign universities
in the country.
The panel of judges ruled that the
existence of foreign universities would not lead to an increase in the cost of
higher education, as the plaintiffs had argued.
The court said that all foreign
universities would have to obey the law in the country and cooperate with local
“Permission to establish an educational
institution would be granted selectively, with a few considerations on areas
and programs that are offered,” Justice Arief Hidayat said on Thursday.
The Higher Education Law, which gives
universities from around the world the chance to open branches in the country,
was feared to encourage local universities to become profit-oriented.