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Jakarta Post

The flaws of the new mandatory student paper publication policy

  • Hamin and Chris Baumann

    The Jakarta Post

Sydney   /   Sat, March 17 2012   /  11:45 am

A new policy was just introduced on Jan. 27 by the Director General of Higher Education requiring all university students to publish academic journals as part of their degrees.

Western tertiary education strongly pushes academics to publish, so for Indonesia a similar approach will enhance the next generation of researchers’ global competitiveness and raise Indonesia’s global profile. However, the question for Indonesia is to what degree the new policy should include all three levels of tertiary education.

It does make sense for Indonesian research students at the masters and doctoral level, where both have to write a thesis, to aspire journal publications. But for undergraduate and coursework masters students, the new policy may face two major challenges.

The first challenge is practicality. The new policy will come into effect in August 2012, leaving little t...