The Jakarta Post
Besides political parties, Muhammadiyah, the country’s second largest Muslim organization, has also secured a ministerial post in Wednesday’s Cabinet reshuffle, with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo having named Muhadjir Effendy, the rector of Malang Muhammadiyah University (UMM) in East Java, as the new education minister. His appointment marks the comeback of Muhammadiyah in holding a post that has traditionally been allocated to members of the organization.
For more than a century Muhammadiyah has been very active in education. It controls more than 10,000 educational institutions, like kindergartens, elementary schools and junior and senior schools, as well as some 60 Islamic boarding schools, 172 universities and 71 special needs schools across the archipelago.
Two of Muhadjir’s immediate predecessors, Anies Baswedan and Mohammad Nuh, did not come from Muhammad...