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Jakarta Post

Most public service jobs in Indonesia don’t need PhD

  • Bitra Suyatno

    Public official at the Finance Ministry. The views expressed are his own

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 14 2019   /  12:52 am

JP/Seto WardhanaAn ambitious target was set by the former administrative and bureaucratic reform minister, Yuddy Chrisnandi. In 2016, he stated that there were around 4.5 million public officials, but only around 2 percent, or 90,000, had a doctoral degree. This year, the number is targeted to reach 5 percent. As we are now approaching the end of the year, it is worth asking how close we are to reaching that lofty goal, and do most jobs in public service really need individuals with a doctoral degree? In most countries a doctoral degree is a basic requirement for a career in academia because it is an introduction to the world of independent research. Logically, the fresh doctoral graduates have new or upgraded skills to conduct independent research, so organizations should consider placing them in good fit jobs that require research and analytical skills.However, some master’...