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Indonesia as destination for international students

  • Rezia Usman

    Seoul

Seoul   /   Sat, November 21 2020   /  01:00 am
University of Indonesia (UI) is ranked in the range 601-800 in the world.(Shutterstock/Ipang Budiarto )

As a country on course to being the seventh-largest economy in the world by 2030 as well as having around 5,000 higher education institutions (HEI), Indonesia is still far behind its Southeast Asian neighbors when it comes to attracting international students. With roughly 10,000 international students, Indonesia is dwarfed by Singapore that hosts 65,000 non-Singaporeans and Malaysia that is a destination for a staggering 130,000 international students. Indonesia is listed in the top 10 of the world’s emerging markets for businesses, and its language is considerably easier to learn than other Southeast Asian languages like Thai and Vietnamese, so it is already off to a great start for foreign students to pursue their education here. Indonesia appears to be less attractive even though Singapore does not provide a stay back option after graduation and Malaysia is flooded wit...