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Winner 2023 - Day 3 » Indonesia and the Netherlands – Towards Research and Education Collaboration Open for all Institutions

Indonesia and the Netherlands – Towards Research and Education Collaboration Open for all Institutions


Chair NL Knowledge house Indonesia Working Group and  Professor of Participatory and Qualitative Research in Population and Development, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, of Erasmus University Rotterdam

Assistant Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at Maastricht University and Coordinator of the Law Faculty’s Honours Programme

Expert Staff on Talent Management, Ministry for Education, Culture, Research and Technology

Deputy Director of the Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards (IISMA)

Researcher, Head of International Office, Universitas Pattimura

Programme Manager International Office, Zone College, Member of MBO mission to Indonesia


Director of Nuffic Southeast Asia

Event Details

Day 3
October 12th, 2023
14.00-15.00 GMT+7 / 09.00-10.00 GMT+2

While there are ample ambitions to grow and expand the research and education collaboration between Indonesia and the Netherlands, an important question is whether it will be accessible for different kind of academic and educational institutions, at varying degrees of internationalization in their programmes and institutional development. Indonesia has approximately 4.500 Public and Private Universities and a much greater number of Polytechnics and Technical Vocational Schools (SMK).

However, the number of institutions which participate in international collaboration is small and often limited to a group of ‘usual suspects’ of well-known and established Universities, most of them located in Java. Yet, many of the more important areas of research are outside Java, and there is an increasing realization that complex problems such as the need for a systemic change in food production and a ‘green transformation’ can only be achieved by involving all levels of the knowledge sector.


The number of academic institutions in the Netherlands is much smaller, but here too we see differences in levels of internationalization and participation in international collaboration, most notably at the level of Technical Vocational Schools (MBO). In order to ‘accelerate’ the participation of MBO schools, foremost in the agricultural sector, in June2023 a mission of MBO schools visited Indonesia to open-up channels of communication and interactions.

How can research and education collaboration between Indonesia and the Netherlands be supported to become more institutionally inclusive? How do we ensure a broader participation of different kind of academic and educational institutions? Can we think of measures to stimulate the participation of institutions outside Java, Indonesian SMK or Dutch MBOs, considering the various obstacles that may still be in place, such as language or resource barriers? What are effective and good practices in format or type of collaboration? What recommendations could we make to the Indonesian and Dutch Governments, also at Provincial levels, and to academic and education institutions in Indonesia and the Netherlands?

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