Jokowi reveals why China and India can compete with developed countries

Bisnis.comJAKARTA – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said that the key for Indonesia to realize its vision of progress lies in the quality of human resources (HR).

He officially conveyed this at the opening of the XXIX. Congress and the XXV. Annual Meeting of the Indonesian Chancellor's Forum, which was held on Monday (01/15/2024) at Graha Unesa Campus II, Surabaya City, East Java Province.

The number one in Indonesia also gave the example that many large universities such as universities in the United States (USA) have a majority of students from China.

“I went in and saw what was going through my mind, I was really shocked. Because what I saw was that more than half of the students were from China. Then I thought, that's the reason for the thing called China, China.” The leap has “made progress in the last 20 years. And surpassed developed countries,” he said, quoted via YouTube from the Presidential Secretariat.

Unfortunately, the 7th President of the Republic of Indonesia admitted that he actually had some students from Indonesia studying at the university he was attending at the time.

The reason is that India is the second largest country after China with majority in Stanford University and Georgetown University.

“I looked again and there were students from Indonesia notThere are not, apparently there is. Five. Very small,” he said.

For this reason, the Head of State also emphasized that preparing excellent human resources, such as from higher education, is important to help Indonesia become a country not only reliant on natural resources (SDA).

In addition, during his visit to Uncle Sam's Land, Jokowi was invited to tour the Faculty of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

“What I saw was the same thing, more than half of the students there were from China, China.” That is, they study AI, they study robotics, robotics for deep sea, robotics for agriculture, robotics for medicineFor Manufacturing“They learn everything there,” he said.

In his opinion, the state must immediately provide personnel capacity. Considering that Indonesia will receive a demographic bonus in the next 5 to 10 years, Jokowi said.

He is convinced that superior human resources will be the key, so the implementation must really be prepared in a real and concrete way.

“And we know that our natural resources are abundant. “But that is not enough to become a developed country,” he said.

Unfortunately, the President of Surakarta highlighted the ranking of campuses in Indonesia that failed to break into the top 100 in the world. For this reason, he called for the ranking of domestic universities at the world campus level to be further improved.

He called for the ranking of the best Indonesian universities based on US World to be further improved every year so that the country's human resources can continue to compete at the global level.

“I see that those with a ranking of 200 and above are still very small. I don't need to mention them because they are very small. And their numbers are still over 100.” [Perguruan tinggi dalam negeri] “There are no people in the top 100 or top 50 yet,” he added.

He agreed that this condition was a homework exercise that would be taken into account by the chancellors and the academic community of the universities. Still, Jokowi admitted he faced many obstacles. Among other things, there is a lack of budget.

“I wrote it down earlier. We’ll discuss it right away,” Jokowi concluded.

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