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Jakarta Post

Indonesian education needs speedy transformation: Nadiem

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 7, 2019   /  05:59 pm
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Gojek's Nadiem Makarim visited the State Palace in Jakarta on Oct 21, 2019.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Amid the hopes and criticisms expressed following his appointment, Nadiem Anwar Makarim, the new education and culture minister, is aiming to bring innovation and a breath of fresh air to Indonesia’s education system, stressing the need to redefine education so that it fits with the country’s goal to possess excellent human resources capable of bolstering development. The Harvard Business School graduate was tasked by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo with producing ready-to-work graduates amid a yawning skills gap that has led to unemployment, even among the country’s millions of vocational school and university graduates. Many take confidence from the 35-year-old's track-record of innovation, with the app he created, Gojek, attracting 155 million users across five countries in Southeast Asia. Since its creation, the app has grown from a ri...