The Jakarta Post
In an effort to improve the quality of research and higher education in Indonesia, the government has called on Indonesia’s diaspora scientists to return home. However, some think their roles overseas can be of more benefit to the country.
Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister Muhammad Nasir said the ministry had proposed to the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry that diaspora scientists willing to work as lecturers in Indonesia have their academic status attained overseas acknowledged in Indonesia.
“As a form of incentive, Indonesian scientists who have attained the title of professor from universities abroad will be treated the same as a professor here,” he said.
He added that the policy was seen as a form of the government’s partiality toward diaspora scientists who were interested yet still hesitant to return to Indonesia.