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Toward research-oriented universities

  • Bening Tirta Muhammad

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Singapore   /   Fri, January 3, 2020   /  09:34 am
Toward research-oriented universities Aiming high: Students from Airlangga University’s School of Medicine examine sputum samples at the school’s microbiology laboratory in Surabaya, East Java. The government is seeking to boost research in higher education in a bid to improve the quality of Indonesia’s universities. (Antara/Moch Asim)

The jargon term “world-class university” seems to be overused by rectors and university management, while university rankings focus mainly on research-related accomplishments. For example, the QS University Ranking considers international reputation and citation per faculty as two major components, 40 percent and 20 percent respectively. Similarly, in the Times Higher Education rankings, faculty citations and research (volume, income, reputation and productivity) make up 60 percent of the ranking metric. This indicates that the term “world-class university” should be backed up by significant efforts to reform research in Indonesian universities. What we have now are mostly teaching universities. Assistant and associate professors in the top universities are still heavily burdened with teaching loads, leaving them little time to do researc...

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