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Jakarta Post

Local universities urge level playing field for Monash amid competition concerns

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 17, 2020   /  08:42 pm
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Muhammadiyah chairman Haedar Nashir delivers a lecture on Indonesian Islam at Australia's Monash University on Friday. (Courtsesy of /

Amid competition concerns, local universities have urged the government to ensure a level playing field following a plan by Australia-based Monash University to establish a campus in Indonesia. Private Universities Association (APTISI) chairman Budi Djatmiko said the presence of foreign universities in general would affect competition among top local universities, both private and state-run, that targeted students from middle to upper income families. This would consequently drive those universities to target lower-income students, further affecting smaller universities, he said. "They [foreign universities] should only offer study programs that aren't commonly available in Indonesia, so that there won't be head-to-head competition [...] otherwise, there will be [market] shifts and consequently, smaller universities won't have students anymore. That's probably ...