Nadiem Makarim Upbeat Kampus Merdeka Policy to Push Research

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaEducation and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim stated that innovation and research are interrelated, stressing that efficient, right on target, high-leverage innovation is the priority in national research.

    “Higher education must be provided with trust to execute this innovation so all independent campuses can accelerate their research process," said Nadiem as quoted from the press release received by Tempo on Monday, February 3. 

    He reiterated that in Kampus Merdeka (Independent Campus) policy, students are allowed to take three out of eight semesters to conduct immersive learning outside their major, for example, a research project. 

    The minister conveyed his views at the national coordinating meeting of the Ministry of Research and Technology or National Research Innovation Center held on Wednesday-Thursday, January 29-30, at the Science and Technology Research Center Complex (Puspitek), Serpong, South Tangerang.

    According to Nadiem, his new policy is the answer to develop innovation and research in a supporting ecosystem. He is optimistic it will bridge students and universities to get involved in research and technology.

    The policy met with positivity from Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro who is hopeful that researchers will be confident to conduct research based on their capacity without being burdened with financial administration matters.

    Bambang underlined that Nadiem Makarim’s policy complies with his ministry’s goal in encouraging the democratization of research. Hence, he supported the two ministry’s partnership in a bid to achieve a QS world ranking through research.

    HALIDA BUNGA