Education 4.0: Is Indonesia ready?

By - 16 February 2020

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14 16 February 2020

In the endeavour to build the future of any nation, higher education contributes significantly by providing “global competitive talent”. The skilled workforce coupled with innovative technology and advanced infrastructures are key drivers for any country’s sustainable growth. In that context, if we inspect both India and Indonesia – two of the most populous economies – it’s evident that they are facing some of the biggest global challenges: the rapid ascension of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), automated learning (AL) and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Both nations are struggling to equip their respective workforces with advanced skills, attitude and knowledge essential to stay relevant in today’s education 4.0 era.

These two countries share similar peculiarities – a vibrant and energetic youth – and are faced with the same question: “How to equip their higher education system for challenges associated with ever-evolving global technological advancements, and transform their institutions into 'world class’ universities?”

Nevertheless, the scenario for India is marginally better as the sub-continent has supplied “some” of the world’s best talents in the past. For instance, CEOs at a few global companies like Adobe, PepsiCo, Google, and Microsoft are all Indians, and the landscape has expanded over the last decade. A recent Deloitte report has shown that the number of universities in India has slowly grown from 436 in 2009–2010 to 903 in 2017–2018. The number of colleges rose from 29,000 to 39,000 in 2010.

In addition, with record-breaking student enrolments (35.7 million students) India stands as the third-largest in the world, next to China and the United States (US), but despite that, the country still lags behind the standards of the world’s best universities.

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