Education is one of the key priorities for Indonesian Government which considers human capacity development as one of its key objective over the next 3 years.
Education Sector in Indonesia
Education is one of the key priorities for Indonesian Government which considers human
capacity development as one of its key objective over the next 3 years.
Indonesia’s economic growth continues to be strong at 6.5% in 2011 and predicted to reach
6.1%-6.3%% in 2012, and is South East Asia’s largest economy.
The current education system in Indonesia is adapted from a system introduced by the former
Dutch colonial administration, which is designed around 12 years of education in primary
school, middle school and high school. The education sector in Indonesia falls under the
responsibility of the Ministry of National Education (Kementerian Pendidikan Nasional).
Indonesia has traditionally been viewed as a difficult market for the UK. However, due to its
large population, new political stability and rapidly expanding economy, Indonesia's potential is
now being recognized more widely. With a growing affluent middle class (of around 30 million)
with more money to spend on education and a programme of reform designed to raise
educational standards, there are new and promising opportunities for UK institutions and UK
education suppliers to establish a stronger presence in all areas of the market.
Funding for public education comes from the central government - 20% of total government
expenditure is ring-fenced for education. These funds are disbursed to local districts for
With a potential mismatch between the courses taught at the tertiary level and the skills required
by the job market as well as the fast expansion of the business process, there is a necessity for
training courses to train the workers to be ready for employment.
There are also opportunities for UK providers to provide specialised courses particularly for
continuous professional development. Various universities in Indonesia have established separate
centres to teach professional development or advanced learning courses. It is common for these
institutions to partner with overseas courses to offer non-local qualifications in Indonesia.
High impact short term courses/ training with low logistical costs for professionals are available
in the following sectors:
ξ Oil & Gas
ξ Manufacturing & Agriculture
For the past few years, there is a growing trend to provide curriculum and courses on any subject
using English as a delivery language and there are more schools offering English Language
Training to compliment their methods of teaching. Therefore, there are opportunities for
establishing English Training centres in the market.
Also, more national and national plus schools are increasingly seeking educational materials
from overseas. The demand is largely for textbooks and school equipment.
In regards to higher education, the opportunities for UK universities are to partner in research
mentoring and partnership with Indonesian Universities.
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Getting into the market
Under the regulation no. 20/2003, foreign educational institutions or providers of training
programmes must partner with a local company. Your partner will become your agent, and your
agent will be running the business for you in Indonesia.
To take advantage of the opportunities available, it is crucial that companies:
ξ Appoint the right business partner (after undertaking due diligence work)
ξ Visit the market on a regular basis (face-to-face contact and the development of
relationships is critical to business success)
ξ Prepare comprehensive information packs profiling your company, product/services,
pricing and terms of payment
ξ Participate in major educational exhibitions to showcase products/services to relevant
More about doing business in Indonesia
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke
market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market
Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists
in country - or contact your local international trade team.
ξ Peggy Gaspersz, British Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia. Tel :+62 21 2356 5232, Fax : +62
21 2356 5352 or email : email@example.com
Contact your local international trade team
BES Asia Forum,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
1 – 2 October, 2012
UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to
overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.
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