Menko Airlangga: Forming Superior Human Resources, Achieving Accelerated Economic Recovery

The development of human resource competitiveness is the key to the future progress of the Indonesian nation. Human resource development needs to be emphasized because future competition will be tighter and fiercer.

However, the Covid-19 pandemic has not only presented health problems, but has created new challenges in the social and economic sectors in many countries, including in the education and human resources development sectors.

One form of obstacle in the education sector is the ine noting of face-to-face learning at all levels of education.

With the strategy of handling Covid-19, collaboration of all parties, and the decrease in the number of active cases of Covid-19, the spirit of human resource development and the education sector has bounced back along with the resumption of face-to-face learning on a limited basis in a number of areas.

“This spirit needs to continue to be maintained, considering that human resources are also a key factor in economic transformation,” said Coordinating Minister Airlangga Hartarto in his remarks at the Public Lecture of the Doctoral Program of Management Science of the Open University with the theme “Human Resources Competitiveness and National Economic Recovery Strategy” in Jakarta (9/10).

Economic transformation transforms the various structures of the economy to become more productive and get out of the Middle Income Trap.

This requires reliable quality human resources, namely quality human resources and have high skills and competitiveness in global competition.

Universities must appear as the vanguard in printing superior and competitive human resources in the future. One thing that must be taken is to always improve the quality of college human resources, and prepare themselves to be able to adapt to achieve success in building the nation.

“This is where it takes doctors in Indonesia who are reliable and experienced to be ready to contribute to become researchers, teachers, managers, reformers, or leaders who deliver this nation to realize this vision,” explained Minister Airlangga.

According to data from the Ministry of Education and Culture, of the 8.4 million new students enrolled in Indonesia in 2020, only 0.5% are doctoral students or about 44 thousand people. Globally worldwide, on average only 1.1 percent of people aged 25-64 have a PhD or doctorate.

Indonesia itself is currently lacking doctors. According to LPDP, out of every one million people in Indonesia there are only 143 doctors.

This comparison is very far from countries such as Malaysia whose ratio is 509 doctors out of every one million population, India as many as 1,410 doctors in every one million population and Japan which has 6,438 doctors at a ratio of one million population.

Airlangga also expressed his confidence by strengthening synergy and coordination between the government and all stakeholders, including with doctors and academics can increase Indonesia’s economic resilience during the pandemic period and simultaneously accelerate the momentum of economic recovery today and in the coming year.