The ministry of research, technology and higher education is committed to improving its programs related to human resources development in Indonesia. One of its programs is the simplification of the process for the establishment of new universities and study programs. Starting from this year, the process can be concluded within 15 working days.

Minister for research, technology and higher education Mohamad Nasir said on January 30 that the ministry had been undergoing the bureaucratic reform since 2017. But there were still hurdles such as the long period for validation of new permits for the establishment of new universities and study programs. “To overcome this … it has been agreed that the process must be taken within 15 working days.”

The ministry and the higher education service agency (LLDikti) involve in the permit issuance process. Nasir said proposals for new study programs are submitted online. It then continues to next steps such as document verification and evaluation on the availability of lecturers. He said the ministry was considering issuing electronic decree with digital signature to assist the process.

“Monitoring will be an important aspect now that the process has been simplified,” said Nasir.

Nasir continued: “At the moment, we focus on issuing permits for vocational-education-related programs” that deal with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). There is a moratorium for permit issuance for social-studies-related programs.

With the permit process becoming simpler, Nasir said he hoped that there would be innovative study programs in line with changes. One instance of such course is Riau University’s D-3 program on pulp and paper.