Western universities mull Indonesian branch campuses

(28 January 2019)  Indonesia could be the next growth hotspot for international branch campuses, after the details of a seven-year-old law that has finally been ratified were released.

The ministerial regulation, disclosed recently after being signed off in late October, allows overseas universities to operate in special economic zones – with a satellite township on Jakarta’s outskirts considered the most likely site – subject to ministerial approval.

They will be authorised to employ both foreign and local staff but will need to partner with Indonesian universities and teach four mandatory subjects: citizenship, religious instruction, Indonesian language, and Indonesian state ideology or Pancasila.

They will also need to be ranked among the world’s top 200 in university or subject league tables.

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