Speech by Minister 1

Muhammad Nasir

Speech By

Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Nasir

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen

Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb. Good evening.

Peace be upon you with Allah’s mercy and blessing

May God bless us all. Amen.

First of all, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, it is my pleasure to to attend here delivering my welcome speech on the opening day of this world conference in the field of educational technology. Not only does the opening day become the marker of something far-reaching is about to occur, but more significantly it signifies one of the cornerstones of how we should put our perspectives together in the framework of how to develop and enhance the quality of Indonesia’s education.

In this important occassion, I would like to thank four Rectors of Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Universitas Terbuka,Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha, Universitas Mahendradatta and also the Head of Kopertis Wilayah VIII and their team for holding this grand academic event. They showed us the example of how a good synergy can be made not only in holding this world conference, but more importantly also that this conference, I believe, will produce constructive thoughts and actions that can contribute in the enhancement of the quality of education in Indonesia. My highest appreciation also goes to the committee, as I’ve seen the work they made bring us this pivotal high quality conference.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Ministry of Research and Higher Education aims to enhance the relevance, quantity, and quality of human resources as well as science and technology for the nation’s competitiveness. In order to achieve this, we have set the quantitive achievement indicators for the next five years, from 2014 to 2019. In 2019 we planned to reach the higher education index of 5, or number 56 in the world ranking system. For the innovation index, Indonesia is targeted to be at number 26 in the world ranking system with the index of 4.4. In order to achive these objectives, the ministry has set five strategic targets. They are:

  1. enhancing the quality of learning and student learning in tertiary level;
  2. enhancing the quality of science and technology institutes and higher education;
  3. enhancing the relevance, quality and quantity of science and technology and higher education resources;
  4. enhancing the relevance and productivity of reserach and development;
  5. last but not least enhancing the capacity of innovation.

Seeing these national targets and reading the topics of this conference (i.e. Innovation and Creativity, Policy and Cultural Considerations, Networking and Collaboration, Open Educational Resources, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Badges, Quality Assurance, Certification, and Accreditation, Information, Technology, and Communication Integration, Design and Development and Distance Education), I see that the su-themes of this conference match perfectly with the national targets. By this, as I highlighed earlier, I believe the results of this conference will bring its far-reachng influence, especially for the enhancement of the quality of learning and student learning, quality and quantity of science and technology and higher education resources, the relevance and productivity of research and development as well as innovation.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The ministry has conducted several strategic programs in order to enhance the quality of education in Indonesia. Some of them are the international cooperation between Indonesia and ASEAN, Indonesia and other countries (such as China, New zealand, Rusia and United States of America). The credit transfer, joint curiculum, student college and teachers/lecturers mobility, sandwich program, research, distance learning and cyber learning are some of the international programs we have initiated, developed, and conducted. For instance, with China, we collaborated in the joint curriculum, student college and teachers/lecturers mobility, master/doctoral degree programs. We have also discussed and collaborated with New Zealand about the revitalisation program for LPTK (Lembaga Pendidikan Tenaga Tinggi – Higher Education Institutes of Teachers) to be world class university. The MoU signing as part of the conference can be perceived as one of the attempts in not only realising the world class university program, but also enhancing the quality of education.

Finally, I would like to close my speech by stating: “have a pleasant conference and I hope the results of this conference will be beneficial for the enhancement of the Indonesia’s education quality”.

Thank you.

Wassalammu’alaikum warohmatullohi wa barokatuh.

Bali, 31 July 2016

 

 

 

Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of Republic of Indonesia

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Nasir