Majority of Higher Education Institutions Accredited C

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The quality of higher education institutions (PT) and study programs in Indonesia have not been in ideal condition. Disparities in the quality of higher education can be seen from the results of higher education and study program accreditation. Out of the 4,472 higher education institutions (PT) in Indonesia, currently only 50 universities are accredited A.

Director of Quality Assurance at the Directorate General of Learning and Student Affairs, Aris Juniadi said that based on the data of Higher Education Database (PD Dikti) as of March 11, 2017 there are currently 124 private universities, 175 Ministry/ Institution PT, 968 PTAS and 78 PTAN.

From that number, data of the National Accreditation Board- of Higher Education (BAN-PT) shows that only 1,131 are accredited. As many as 50 PTs have accreditation A (four percent), 345 PTs are accredited B (31 percent), 736 PTs accredited C (65 percent), while the rest or 3,340 PTs have not been accredited.

Aris revealed that data of PD Dikti on May 4, 2017 showed that there are 26,672 study programs in all higher education institutions in Indonesia. Study programs accredited A number 2,512 study programs or 12 percent of the 20,254 existing study programs in Indonesia. Study programs accredited B amount to 9,922 (49 percent), and accredited C as many as 7,820 (39 percent). There are more than 5,000 study programs that are not accredited by BAN-PT. The internationally accredited universities are still Indonesia’s top ten universities and only three universities are ranked in the top 500 in the world.

Aris said that accreditation is still a major indicator of the quality of universities in Indonesia. The profile of the majority of higher education institutions still accredited C, according to Aris, shows that the quality of most PT and study programs are still of concern so it needs serious handling. He encouraged PT to race , so that at least the majority of higher education institutions could be accredited  B.

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