Indonesia must keep up with education in Vietnam: Minister

Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA News) - Indonesia is expected to balance its higher education with that of Vietnam, as the latter is considered to have advanced science and technology and continues to experience rapid development.

"Indonesia needs to imitate the system of education in Vietnam, in order to continue to grow and progress," Finance Minister Sri Mulyani stated, after opening the National Working Meeting of the Ministry of Research and Technology and High Education (Kemenristekdikti) 2018 at the University of North Sumatra (USU) in Medan, on Wednesday.

So far, Indonesia remains behind Vietnam in education. In the future, Indonesia must be able to compete with the country. "This can be done if the quality of education in Indonesia can be improved," Sri Mulyani noted.

She mentioned that the government, through the Ministry of Finance, has set a budget fund, worth Rp400 trillion, for the Kemenristekdikti. It can be used for the development of education in the country.

Education in Indonesia should be better, qualified, and be able to create a superior, trusted, and intelligent human being.

"It must be parallel to the educational system of developed countries," she explained.

Sri Mulyani added that the budget funds for education in Vietnam are not much different from that in Indonesia. However, the reality of education in Vietnam is much more advanced and developed when compared with that in Indonesia.

"Therefore, Indonesia should be able to be like Vietnam," the minister of finance stressed.

The National Working Meeting of the Kemenristek took place on Jan 16 and 17, 2018. The national work meeting evaluates program implementation and budget in 2017, program outlook, and budget 2018.

The theme raised in the meeting was high education research and technology in the (fourth) industrial revolution era 4.0.

Source: ANTARA News

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