President Jokowi Urges Higher Education Institutions to Allow Students to Learn Anywhere

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 17 Januari 2022
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President Jokowi attends the 67th Dies Natalis of Parahyangan Catholic University (Unpar), Bandung, West Java province, Monday (01/17). (Photo by: PR/Oji)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on higher education institutions to provide the widest possible range of learning opportunities for their students.

According to him, excellent Indonesian human resources will make Indonesia more competitive in the digital economy world.

“Higher education institutions must facilitate students to develop their talents. The students must not be restricted by study programs in the faculties. Instead, we must provide them with the opportunities to learn from anyone and anywhere, including from industrial sector or banking industry,” the President said in his remarks during the 67th anniversary of Parahyangan Catholic University convened at the Unpar’s Arntz-Geise Learning Center in West Java provincial capital of Bandung, Monday (01/17).

The President also underscored that Indonesia must prepare superior human resources because the world will be hybrid, be it in terms of knowledge or skills.

“In the future, the students must master math, statistics, computer science. They must also study language. It is not only English. Coding language will be more important,” he said.

On that occasion, the Head of State also pointed out that Indonesia has great potential in the digital economy sector, adding that the country’s digital market is growing rapidly compared with its ASEAN peers.

For the record, Indonesia has made a significant contribution by 40 percent to the digital economy in the Southeast Asian region.

“We predict that by 2025 our digital market will grow by US$146 billion, meaning that the potential will reach Rp2,100 trillion. The young generation should take part in achieving this. We must not let the opportunity be taken by other countries,” he said, adding that excellent human resources are key to developing Indonesia’s digital economy.

“We must prepare our students to always be ready to learn since changes will certainly happen every day, every week, and every month. This world will continue to undergo changes,” he concluded. (TGH/UN) (RIF/EP)

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