Indonesian government gets Catholic universities to help improve quality of higher education

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Atma Jaya Catholic University in Jakarta and the Catholic University of Soegijapranata in Semarang, Central Java, are among 29 leading Indonesian educational institutions picked to help improve the quality of higher education.

The government wants the 29 universities to transfer knowledge between them and the institutions they have been assigned to, not only on the academic front, but also with regard to administration and management.

Elisabeth Rukmini, Vice Rector for Collaboration, Research & Strategic Planning at Atma Jaya Catholic University, said the university regarded the task as an honour, which showed the government recognized the school as one of the best in Indonesia.

She said Atma Jaya was to take under its wing four Catholic and Protestant colleges in East Nusa Tenggara province where the quality of education remains a big issue.

“Our task is to help raise their standards,” Rukmini told

“We will also invite lecturers from East Nusa Tenggara universities to learn directly from us,” she said.

Soegijapranata Catholic University has been handed the task of mentoring five institutions regarded as third tier schools.

“The government has assigned us five universities in Medan, North Sumatra, two of which are Catholic and the other three Protestant,” said Agustinus Luwi Handoko, a lecturer at Soegijapranata.

“Workshops will help improve their administration, management and accreditation process and we will also invite their lecturers to see how we do things at this university,” he added.

Franciscan Father Vincentius Darmian Mbula, an educational expert and chairman of National Council of Catholic Universities, welcomed the initiative.

He said many universities — including Catholic ones — are struggling to provide excellence.

“I hope this programme can improve Catholic colleges in Indonesia so that they can provide more graduates with excellent capabilities,” he said.


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