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Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education (Menristek-Dikti) M Nasir’s plan to bring in professors from abroad for the purpose of enhancing Indonesia’s universities to enter the world rankings lacked a positive response from some universities. The program is considered to only waste state funds.
Secretary of the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) Surabaya Melania S Muntini assesses the ”import” of professors is irrelevant. She said, her campus has so far cooperated with many professors from overseas campuses, especially in research cooperation. For joint research and joint publications, said Melania, it is sufficient to communicate via email or other applications.
Rector of Surabaya State University (Unesa) Prof Warsono added, if he were to choose, he would increase the number of lecturers although it is not easy to obtain professors. Nevertheless, the campus supports by providing research funding assistance of between Rp25 million-Rp50 million to produce works that deserve to enter international journals. The total budget allocated this year reaches Rp20 billion. According to Warsono, ideally Unesa has 450 professors or around 50% of the total number of lecturers.
Meanwhile, Director General of Science & Technology Resources of Higher Education of the Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristek-Dikti) Ali Ghufron Mukti said, actually there is no need for anxiety over the arrival of professors from abroad, because their arrival is to help write and increase the number of international publications, since they are more aware of the techniques.