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Improving Management Systems in Higher Education in Indonesia

To address issues in quality assurance, the Higher Education Leadership and Management Project strengthened the capacity of higher education institutions in Indonesia.

​With more than 2,800 institutions of higher education in Indonesia, student enrollments of more than 4 million, and significant public and private resources being invested each year, the performance of the Indonesian higher education system depends on more than accomplishments of a handful of institutions. The Higher Education Leadership and Management Project (HELM), in partnership with the Indonesian government, improved the academic performance of basic and higher education sectors. This led to education services that are higher quality and more relevant to the country’s economic and social growth.

The USAID-funded project strengthened Indonesian higher education institutional capacity to conduct financial management, general administration and management, and quality assurance. Through 13 higher education partnerships between the United States and Indonesia, HELM also addressed regional, national, and local development needs.

Four networks were created across higher education institutions in Indonesia, including the Collaboration and Innovation Network (COIN), the Higher Education Leadership and Management Network (FORKOM KMPT), the Higher Education Financial Management Network (HEFIN), and the Higher Education Leadership and Management Program Alliance (AP-KMPT).

HELM also completed action research projects that led to significant systemic change, including improved accreditation ratings, new educational bridging programs for underserved students, a customized learning management system that improved teaching and learning processes, and an innovative management information system that promoted timely study completion.

To increase access and transparency in higher education, Chemonics worked with the Directorate General for Higher Education at the Ministry of National Education to strengthen leadership of higher education reforms. In addition, HELM established a legal entity to promote women’s leadership in higher education and led collaborative research mapping women’s participation in higher education leadership.

Project Results

  • 40 of the 50 partner higher education institutions have received institutional accreditation, seven of which were awarded the A ranking
  • 1,741 study programs accredited with ranking A or B, based on the data published by​ the National Accreditation Board for Higher Education (BAN-PT)
  • 68 percent of partner higher education institutions developed new or improved standard operating procedures in finance to streamline operations
  • 48,477 logins to a interactive webinar learning system
Project Duration: 2011 - 2016​


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