35 Percent Voting Allotment for Minister Reviewed

Kompas, page 12, Saturday, Nov 5

Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education targets to finalize a new regulation on state higher education rector elections by the end of this year. The new rule will support the transparent, accountable election of the rector, and closing loopholes for corruption. Vice-Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Laode M Syarif said the cooperation of Kemenristekdikti, the KPK, the State Commission on Civil Apparatus (KASN), as well as the Ombudsman RI (ORI) aims to assess the National Education Ministerial Regulation No. 24/2010.

According to Syarif, in every rector election, there are always people who claim to be close to Menristekdikti promising rector candidates that the minister would elect them.  This makes the rector elections become very political, such as the regional head elections. In fact, the requirement to becoming rector is primarily to have good intelligence and vision.

KASN Vice Chairman Irham Dilmy said the principle in the election of rector is an assessment based on the track record of performance and credibility. According to him, the rector was unnoticed by KASN because that position is an additional task for professors, not the main leadership positions in the government structure.

ORI, said Laode Ida, is in the midst of investigating complaints concerning rector election at the State University of Manado (Unima), North Sulawesi, and the University of Halu Oleo (UHO) Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. Elected Unima Rector Julyeta Paulina Amelia Runtuwene had reportedly earned doctoral (S3) diploma from the Universite Paris-Est Marne-la Valee, France, illegally.

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