Distance Lecture System Becomes an Option

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The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education has encouraged universities throughout Indonesia to develop a distance learning system. This system is believed to broaden access to higher education for students from Aceh to Papua. The Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Muhammad Nasir said that, in future his party has designed a borderless lecture system. He explained that the distance learning system was a response to two major challenges in the future, namely the acceleration of the development of information technology and the tight human resource competition.

According to Nasir that with the pace of information technology, distance lectures would no longer be a constraint and so Indonesia should be able to generate reliable university graduate human resources. However, the universities that open distance learning should not be arbitrary. He said that only campuses with advanced information technology and communications infrastructure would be selected.

Nasir added that the prestigious campuses in the US such as North Carolina University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have expressed their intentions to help in the development of distance learning classes. The study program that could be offered is in engineering.

Meanwhile, education observer from Indonesian Education University (UPI), Said Hamid Hasan has argued that the government no longer had to develop a distance lecture system from scratch. There was already the Open University (UT) established by the government since 1984 to expand the capacity to accommodate university students to remote areas.

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