Indonesia has something like 4000 (or) 400 universities. The United Kingdom has about 150. You might think, “Wow, that’s bizarre! Why would the best higher education system in the world only have only 150 universities?” Because we have ensured that every one of those universities has the highest international standing. The UK kicks above its wait in all international polls and surveys of universities when it comes to ones of the best universities; best universities which have senses of value and excellence for particular subject areas. It tops the polls in term of best teaching, and in terms of students’ feedback experiences. So when you go into UK universities you are having both the magnificent UK experience, and also you’re having international experience. You will for one year, three years, be a part of the community and the campus of people, teachers, learners from all over the world. So, you have a global universal university experience. Another reason why British universities are particularly stronger is that they are absolutely dedicated to the quality of pure learning. They absolutely recognize that almost everybody that goes to a university is looking to improve their employability and their job prospects. All the science and business degrees of British universities have the connection with the local world of work, local business, and local advisors. The universities in the UK are not closed-off campuses, they are connected to the real world. And because they have international standing and international faculty, they’re really aware of the countries from which their students come. At the moment there are over four thousand Indonesian students studying in the UK, and they will be learning in an environment which understands and appreciates Indonesia. Most universities in the UK have professional connections with universities in Indonesia by one means or another. Many have research programs, capacity building programs, these whole new moves towards transnational educational opportunities. So it’s very connected.
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Finally, what I have to say at the moment, by all our objective analysis of the countries that Indonesians most like to travel to overseas to go studying, the UK is coming out as the most economical options at the moment. And maybe because our problem, the Pound has dropped its value, because we have this little problem around and it’s called Brexit. But what it means is, the things cost much less in the UK. And at the moment, it is cheaper to study in the UK than to study in the United States or Canada or Australia. One last thing about studying overseas particulary studying in the UK, I think there is no greater opportunity for young persons to have in order to learn and to have a period of their life living in another culture, in another country. Something I did when I was twenty-one, I went to India for two years, where I was a teacher actually to college of the University of Delhi. Nevertheless, it transformed my life like nothing else. I learned more about myself through that experience, I learned more about the cultures I came from and how I could understand the middle relations towards cultures, and I had so many new experiences and new friends. The single most transformative thing a person can do is to get on live and work at the young age in another country. It’s a great thing to do! Vooya see that one of the biggest problems in Indonesia education system is the limited access for students to explore their specific interests and potentials. This is why we want to give students more exposure into multidisciplinary subjects through experiential learning. What is your opinion about this experiential learning method? I think it’s the only kind of learning that matters. You learn from experience. You don’t learn from books; you learn through books about experience. You don’t learn in the classroom; you return to the classroom to consolidate what you learn from life.
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