Universities in Indonesia

Airlangga University

Surabaya, Indonesia
Currently Airlangga University has 13 faculties and 1 graduate program and has 127 study programs ( Prodi ) of various levels , including academic programs , vocational , and specialists .

Petra Christian University

Universitas Kristen Petra (Petra Christian University) is a non-profit university located in Surabaya, Indonesia. The University offers a wide range of degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is officially credited by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia.

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About universities in Indonesia

Higher education in Indonesia is centrally controlled and comes under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan orKemdikbud) and the Ministry of Religious Affairs (Kementerian Agama or Kemenag). Higher education in Indonesia is delivered through various kinds of tertiary education institutes such as:
  • Academies, providing only a specific applied science, engineering, or art
  • Polytechnics, providing applied/practical specific skills
  • Advanced schools, providing academic or professional education in a specific knowledge stream
  • Institutes, which consist of many faculties/departments on one knowledge discipline
  • Universities, which offer training and research in various disciplines
These universities, institutes and colleges in Indonesia may be state controlled, privately run or religiously affiliated. Presently, more than 3,000 private colleges and 130 public colleges and universities in Indonesia cater to over five million students, both local and international. To enhance the capabilities of colleges and university education in Indonesia, the United States is planning to invest USD 19 million in higher education in Indonesia through the Higher Education Leadership and Management (HELM) program.
Colleges in Indonesia:
Higher education colleges in Indonesia offer both Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees called Ahli Madya and Sarjana Muda or Sarjana I, respectively.
  • Ahli Madya or the Associate Degree is conferred upon students who successfully complete a two years long course. This degree is considered at Diploma 3 level.
  • Sarjana Muda or Sarjana I or the Bachelor Degree in Indonesia is earned by successfully completing a four years long course. This degree is considered at Diploma 4 level. There are more than twenty different bachelor's degrees offered in Indonesia in diverse subjects like law, economics, political science, engineering, medicine and computer science.
 Universities in Indonesia:
Upon graduating from high schools or colleges, students attend public or private universities. All universities in Indonesia are authorized to award all degrees; Associate (Ahli Madya), Bachelor’s (Sarjana Muda or Sarjana I and Sarjana II), Master’s (Magister) as well as Doctoral (Doktor).
  • Sarjana II is conferred upon students who successfully complete two more years or education after receiving Sarjana I.  This degree is subject specific and is ranked at the same level as a Master’s Degree in Indonesia.
  • Magister or Master’s Degree in Indonesia can be pursued by students who successfully complete their Sarjana education and meet the university criteria. A master’s degree course in Indonesia is typically 2 years long.
  • Doktor or Doctoral degree is research intensive and requires students to successfully complete a thesis in three to four years.
 Although public universities in Indonesia offer the best education, currently, they can accommodate just 50 percent of the aspiring students. Others have to attend private universities, institutes, academies, and polytechnics, which are costlier. Hence, there is a need to aid public universities in Indonesia for growth.
With Indonesia having forged amicable relations with Australia and the US in the recent past, more international students are pursuing their Master’s in Indonesia.  They are admitted to full-degree programs based on entrance exam and language exam scores. Indonesia caters to a community of 6000 international students among whom University of Indonesia, Gadjah Mada University and Bandung Institute of Technology are most popular.
Most popular colleges in Indonesia are Bogor Institute of Agriculture, Institute of Teacher Training and Science of Education in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Medan and Bandung, Jakarta Institute of Management Studies and Lembaba Pendidikan Perkebunan – an Agro Estate Plantation Training institute.

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