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Jakarta Post

Indonesia: Hiccups in our higher education?

  • Pierre Marthinus

Edinburgh, UK   /   Sat, January 8 2011   /  11:35 am

Indonesian higher education has been in a bad shape over the past years. The country ranked 64th among 243 countries surveyed, according to the SCImago Journal and Country Ranking (Kompas, Dec. 11).  From 1996 to 2008, we only managed to publish 9,194 scientific documents, falling behind Turkey (171,048), Iran (68,401), Egypt (47,420), Malaysia (29,166). Saudi Arabia (26,763), Pakistan (24,564), Jordan (10,751) and Bangladesh (9,590). Furthermore, many national media publications lamented in their editorials how Indonesia’s education  — and the international surveys that measured them  — were politicized in nature, defying the universal ethics of “truth and honesty”. The methodology applied in the survey was also criticized, arguing that higher education is not only about scientific publications alone. Being critical is important, however, Indonesia cannot afford...