Indonesia: publish or no graduation
The Indonesian government introduced a regulation aimed atboosting scientific output. From August on, all Bachelor studentswill be required to have a paper published in a scientificmagazine. For Master and doctoral students this rule is evenstricter stating that the magazine in question needs to beaccredited and international for the latter.
Djoko Santoso, Director General of Higher Education at theMinistry of Education at culture, argued that “graduates mustpossess the ability to write scientifically. The culture of writingshould become familiar, and university is the place to create a newculture of writing.”
Research trailing behind other Asiancompetitors
Right now, scientific research is faring poorly in Indonesiawhich is also a drag in international university rankings. Thecountry has a population of 238 million. Still, it produced only12,776 peer-reviewed papers between 1996 and 2007. Over the sametime span, Singapore (5 million) and Malaysia (28 million) had aresearch output of 105,665 and 53,979 respectively.
Despite triggering a heated