With more than 262 millions of population, Indonesia has a chance to become the seventh-largest economy in the world by 2030 and the fourth-largest by 2050. Therefore, higher education in Indonesia is aimed at supporting the economic growth. One of the strategies is creating graduates who could provide jobs by becoming entrepreneurs. This one could address the problem of structural unemployment.
Mohamad Nasir: We Must be Ready to Face Digital Challenge and Must Have Digital Talent
Those were said by the Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education, Mohamad Nasir, in his keynote speech at a national level seminar held in Semarang State Polytechnic, Saturday, September 9. The event was themed “Brand Yourself to be Young Success Technopreneur.”
“According to data of Indonesia’s workforce, 42 percent is low-educated. The percentage, however, would always decrease, meaning the education has started to change to become better. On the demographic bonus, it could be a disaster if we don’t use it properly. Improving human resource competence is therefore very important. The education should match with the industry to improve the nation’s competitiveness. Technological Readiness Level must be improved. It it’s low, the innovation will also be low,” said Nasir.
Nasir said challenges would be more difficult in facing the 4.0 Industrial Revolution. Being open-minded, open heart and open willing are attributes to address the challenge, said Nasir.
At the occasion, Nasir explained the digital economy had taken an important role amid the increasingly competitive era. For example, the sharing economy concept promoted by Go-Jek, the company’s overseas expansion and market place like Bukalapak.