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  • Indonesia: publish or no graduation

    - From August on, Indonesia will require all its students to have a paper published in a scientific magazine before they can graduate. “Graduates must possess the ability to write scientifically,” argued a government official.

    The Indonesian government introduced a regulation aimed at boosting scientific output. From August on, all Bachelor students will be required to have a paper published in a scientific magazine. For Master and doctoral students this rule is even stricter stating that the magazine in question needs to be accredited and international for the latter.

    Djoko Santoso, Director General of Higher Education at the Ministry of Education at culture, argued that "graduates must possess the ability to write scientifically. The culture of writing should become familiar, and university is the place to create a new culture of writing."

    Research trailing behind other Asian competitors

    Right now, scientific research is faring poorly in Indonesia which is also a drag in international university rankings. The country has a population of 238 million. Still, it produced only 12,776 peer-reviewed papers between 1996 and 2007. Over the same time span, Singapore (5 million) and Malaysia (28 million) had a research output of 105,665 and 53,979 respectively.

    Despite triggering a heated debate, the regulation will be legally binding for both private and public institutes. "My faculty has an academic journal that publishes every six months, and every year we graduate hundreds of students. Imagine how thick the journal would be if we publish all undergraduate's research papers," commented Herlina Agustin from Padjadjaran University.