Kemenristekdikti: Indonesia Lacks in 2,075 of Polytechnics

The amount of Higher Education between Polytechnic and University in Indonesia is still far different. The difference reached more than 80 percent.

Kemenristekdikti: Indonesia Lacks in 2,075 of Polytechnics
Illustration of Pertamina University (Doc. Pertamina University) -  The amount of Higher Education between Polytechnic and University in Indonesia is still far different. No half-hearted, the difference reached more than 80 percent.

The Director General of Higher Education Science and Technology Institutions, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Ristekdikti), Patdono Suwignjo said, the number of polytechnics in Indonesia was only 300 out of 4,760 universities.

In fact, if it refers to developed countries, the number of polytechnics and universities must be balanced. This means that Indonesia still lacks 2,075 polytechnics out of the 300 existing polytechnics.

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"Standards of developed countries are balanced. If our colleges now have 4,760, it means that ideally we are less than 2,075 of the 300 existing polytechnics," Patdono Suwignjo said in Jakarta on Wednesday (09/10/2019). 

Patdono said, based on data from Kemenristekdikti, it took about 800 years to balance the existence of polytechnics with universities.

The reason is, there are only 2 to 3 submissions for polytechnic development per year. The development was only carried out by the Ministry and industry. The private sector does not dare to build because it is expensive.

"This is exacerbated by the high cost for build the polytechnics. One polytechnic requires funds of IDR. 300 billion because 70 percent of them have to practice, whether or not it must create of many of laboratories. But for university we only need around IDR. 30 billion," he said. 

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Not only that, he said, not all of the rich people wants their children to study in the polytechnics. Because, so far, the industry distinguishes between the polytechnic graduates with the university graduates. 

One of the most striking differences is the difference in salaries between S1 graduates and D4 graduates who should be equal.

"This is what makes the interest of the community increasingly low towards the Polytechnic. Even though D4 is an Applied Bachelor. Obviously the number of Polytechnic students in Indonesia is only 8 percent. While in Australia it has reached 78 percent, Germany 70 percent," he said.

The difference is apparently based on the rules of the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN).

For this reason, Patdono emphasized that his party has asked the Ministry of BUMN to revise the regulation, so that the vision and mission of Human Resources can be superior and can be implemented. (*)

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