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Ministry targets 5 campuses to be listed 'world's best' by 2019

Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister Mohamad Nasir has said he is optimistic that more campuses in Indonesia will be included on the list of world's best universities in the next two years.

“My personal target is for Indonesia to have five world class universities by 2019,” he told journalists on Tuesday evening.

The minister was speaking on the sidelines of an event preceding the commemoration of 2017 National Technology Awakening Day, which falls on Aug. 10.

Nasir said his target of five globally acknowledged campuses could be met if Indonesia's best universities continued to improve to attain international accreditation.

“Having international accreditation means our campuses will be more recognized on the international stage,” he said.

Nasir further explained that only three universities in the country were considered “world class”, referring to the recently released Quacquarelli Symonds List of Best 500 Universities in the World.

On the list, the University of Indonesia (UI) in Depok, West Java, ranks 277th, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) ranks 331st and the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta ranks 402nd. The three universities are state-owned. (ebf)

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