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Indonesia is leading destination for international schools in Southeast Asia

Indonesia maintains its position as the leading destination for international schools in Southeast Asia, but several countries in Southeast Asia are gaining ground within the market.

Based on data released by ISC Research ahead of the forthcoming GESS Indonesia education exhibition and conference, Indonesia led the region with 198, followed by Thailand with 192 and Malaysia with 187. Singapore came in fourth with 119, just slightly ahead of Vietnam with 118.

“The growth of the international schools’ sector in Indonesia is a testament to the far-reaching education reforms being undertaken by the government, with significant inputs from the private sector. We intend to support this development by gathering some of the world’s leading experts to share their insights on the latest education trends,” said Matt Thompson, Project Director, Tarsus F&E, organisers of GESS Indonesia scheduled to take place on 26-28 September 2018 at the Jakarta Convention Centre.

Alongside the growth international schools in Indonesia, student enrolment has also grown from 53,000 in 2013 to 61,000 in 2018, the ISC report further reported. Another important highlight of the report talks about a sub-sector that is gaining the most growth. “Mid-price range international schools are increasingly in demand, particularly by local families and Asian expatriates and this is where there is most growth in the market,” said Sam Fraser, Head of South East Asia Research at ISC Research, the leading supplier of data and intelligence on the English-medium K-12 international schools’ market.

The Association of National and Private Schools believes the continuing growth of the international schools’ market in Indonesia is a positive development that will pave the way for collaborations. Vice Chairperson and CPL Co-ordinator Richard Sidharta said, “In the midst of constant change, the Indonesian educational landscape finds itself in a unique position for schools of different types to collaborate and synergise for the benefit of our learners and the wider Indonesian community. As organisations like GESS embrace our shores, it helps blur the line between different kinds of educators; and allows us as a whole to help and learn from each other through one common platform."

For his part, Matt Harris, Ed.D., a well-known international educational consultant and speaker at GESS Indonesia, said advances in the international schools’ sector should help raise the bar for achieving excellence in schools not just in Indonesia, but rest of the Southeast Asian region. “The market for schools, students, and vendors is constantly evolving in a way that keeps excellence at the forefront. In terms of Indonesia, this growth has provided resources and opportunities for Indonesian education and the Indonesian economy. The economic growth as a result of this educational resources can be felt across the country in the form of a larger talent pool, growth in a number of sectors, and the emergence of knowledge workers that operate to world-class standards,” he added.

Meanwhile, the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) sees Indonesia as a hotbed of opportunities for UK companies, including those in the education sector which is why it has actively supported companies participating at GESS shows all over the world, including Indonesia. “Indonesia is currently the world’s the 16th largest economy. It’s projected to be the fourth largest economy in the world by 2050.

With 250 million people (increasing by 4.5 million a year) it is the world’s fourth most populous country and the largest in Southeast Asia. It offers opportunities for UK companies across all sectors including education. 60% of global growth is expected to come from Asia by 2025. Indonesia is part of ASEAN which has a free trade zone. It is also strategically placed to do business with China, Japan and Australia,” said William Prieto-Parra, Head of Events – UK & International, BESA.

GESS Indonesia will feature a wide range of educational talks and workshops, including how the latest technological advances can be used in classroom as support tools for teachers and learning aides for students; leadership and classroom management techniques; improving literacy and linguistic skills of students; as well as sessions organised by Ministry of Education, ANPS and ADI Indonesia.

In addition, some of the hottest topics being talked about in Indonesian schools will also be discussed in various presentations, among them bullying, creativity in classrooms, adopting a healthy and active lifestyle, adopting technical/vocation literacy in the early years and others.

GESS Indonesia also runs an exhibition component participated in by over a hundred education focused-brands and companies from Indonesia and the international business community.

Education professionals and decision makers from schools who wish to attend GESS Indonesia may register for free via www.gessindonesia.com.