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Jakarta Post

Learning goes the distance

  • Anissa S. Febrina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 15 2009   /  12:30 pm

A passion for knowledge can be limited by neither time nor space, especially with distance learning helping people to indulge that passion, wherever they might be. For eight years, 41-year-old housewife Ida Rahayu has been juggling her daily house chores and her textbooks, taking children to school and taking her final exams. "It is a bit difficult to be a student at my age, especially with all the activities I have to do outside of my study," said Ida, who has been enrolled as an undergraduate student in the Indonesia Open University (UT) in Surabaya since 2001. Yet she persists. What helps her is that institutions providing distance learning give flexibility that conventional universities often do not allow: No limit on how long since she finished high school, no limit on how long she takes to finish her degree. Would-be students simply enroll in their program of ch...