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Campus cooperation and Trojan horse

  • Zulfa Sakhiyya
    Zulfa Sakhiyya

    Lecturer and researcher at the English Department, Semarang State University

Auckland   /   Wed, February 28, 2018   /  11:55 am
Campus cooperation and Trojan horse The Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry recently announced that by mid-2018 five to 10 foreign campuses would operate in Indonesia.  (Shutterstock/File)

The Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry recently announced that by mid2018 five to 10 foreign campuses would operate in Indonesia. These world-class universities include the University of Cambridge from the United Kingdom, the National University of Taiwan, the Central Queensland University and the University of Melbourne, both from Australia. Minister Mohamad Nasir said this was not a form of neo-colonialism in the higher education sector, as some fear, but one of collaboration. In the partnership scheme the foreign institutions need to be affiliated with a local private university to operate in Indonesia and focus on certain subjects considered to contribute to Indonesia’s economic productivity, such as science, technology, engineering, business and management. It is expected students will master both the key subject as well as English without having to go ab...

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