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Resisting the Indonesian brain drain

  • Dyna Rochmyaningsih

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 22 2011   /  12:13 pm

Realizing that knowledge is important for economic development, many countries in Asia are now implementing the idea of “educational protectionism”. China, South Korea and Saudi Arabia are now trying to improve their local universities to become world-class higher education institutions. Many doctoral degree graduates of top American and Europe universities work at those institutions to allow for a transfer of knowledge. On another level, one prestigious institute of technology in India has banned its undergraduates from receiving academic grants and business internships from overseas. These are examples of how some Asian countries do not want to be left behind in the brain race: they resist the “brain drain”. In Indonesia, the situation is not similar. We lack bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree holders. Therefore we need to send our people to developed countries t...