Jakarta Post

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post
press enter to search

The Jakarta Post
Video Weather icon 26°C
DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
26°C Light Rain

Rain until tomorrow morning, starting again tomorrow afternoon.

  • Thu

    26℃ - 31℃

  • Fri

    26℃ - 32℃

  • Sat

    27℃ - 32℃

  • Sun

    26℃ - 30℃

Bilingual curriculum to be compulsory in universities starting from 2016

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, November 30, 2015 | 10:08 pm
Bilingual curriculum to be compulsory in universities starting from 2016 Muhammad Nasir (JP)

Muhammad Nasir (JP)

The government will make it compulsory for university students to interact in English in order to prepare them to compete in the ASEAN Economic Community, which comes into effect at the start of 2016.

Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister Muhammad Nasir said on Sunday that the ministry was preparing a bilingual curriculum that would use both Bahasa Indonesia and English in universities nationwide starting in 2016.

'€œThe future curriculum has been designed to use a dual language system in order to prepare our future generation and enable them to compete in the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community,'€ Nasir said on Sunday as quoted by tempo.co.

Nasir said the system would be implemented in stages at every university in Indonesia beginning next year. As a starting point, the government would especially push state universities to apply the bilingual curriculum.

The system, he continued, aimed to encourage English fluency among all students and teaching staff. Students and lecturers would be encouraged to communicate in English and all academic references would use English terms to support a mastery of the language at a quicker pace, he added.

Nasir also urged every university to equip their campuses with English educational tools.

According to him people of neighboring countries had embraced multilingualism. '€œPeople in Thailand and the Philippines are learning to speak Bahasa Indonesia,'€ he said. (liz)

 

TRY A DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION

Join the discussions