Posted in: Education

Grading Nadiem’s education reforms

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In 2019, President Widodo appointed Nadiem Makarim, the US-educated founder of Gojek, as the Minister of Education. Four years later, the Indonesian education system looks – at least at a surface level – unrecognisable from the president’s first term. But have Nadiem’s reforms been effective? And what lays ahead for Indonesia’s next education minister?
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Can a new academic union resurrect grassroots activism in Indonesia?

Seizing on the revolutionary fervour of Indonesian Independence Day, workers from public and private universities in Indonesia declared the establishment of the Campus Workers Union (SPK)  on 17 August 2023. But can a new academic union actually reform university management in Indonesia? And what challenges will this new union need to overcome to defend the interests of campus workers?

Does Indonesia’s higher education system need a reset?

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Researchers in Indonesia are alienated from their work because they lack academic freedom, their roles reduced to ticking administrative boxes. Professor Sulistyowati Irianto believes Indonesian universities are in need of reform.

New criminal code exposes deep problems in Indonesian legal education

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The role of legal academics in formulating the new Criminal Code should raise concerns about support for anti-democratic ideas in Indonesia's law faculties.

Talking Indonesia: communicating research

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How can Indonesian researchers better share their knowledge and expertise with the world? Tito Ambyo chats to Prodita Sabarini in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Azyumardi Azra: the sleepless and inspirational intellectual who transformed Islamic education

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Much-loved scholar of Islam and prominent public intellectual Azyumardi Azra died suddenly on 18 September.

Farewell Richard Chauvel (1946–2022)

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Edward Aspinall reflects on the life and career of the much-respected scholar of eastern Indonesia, Richard Chauvel, who died on 1 April.

Talking Indonesia: social science

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Do Indonesian social scientists enjoy the freedom to conduct research on any topic of their choosing? How is their research funded, and how does the government view their work? Dr Dave McRae chats to Dr Inaya Rakhmani in a special Policy in Focus episode of Talking Indonesia.

Talking Indonesia: universities and international research collaboration

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How are Indonesian universities navigating the tension between calls for greater internationalisation and an obstructive legal and visa regime? Dr Dave McRae chats to Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) Rector Professor Panut Mulyono in a special Policy in Focus episode.

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