RI needs more PhD graduates in sciences: Kadin

This article is from The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sat, 06/23/2012 .
I totally agree with this article. In term of technology Malaysia has Proton already. But Indonesia is only recognized from Djarum, Gudang Garam, Indomie and Dangdut.
Indonesia must improve its competitiveness by producing more PhD graduates in natural and technology sciences, said Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) vice chairman Peter F. Gontha on Friday.
Indonesia, with a population of 250 million people, has 30,000 doctorate graduates, with about 80 percent studying social sciences.
India and China had more PhD graduates, with most studying natural science and technology, Peter said.
“Let us take a look at China, with a population of 1.3 billion people, and India, with 1.1 billion people. They have 800,000 and 650,000 of PhD graduates respectively; 60 percent of which are science and technology majors,” he said during a discussion panel in Wharton Global Alumni Forum in Jakarta.
As a result, he said, Indonesia does not have any major technological brands, while other Asian countries, which have been intensifying their doctorate degree programs, are building technology brands by utilizing PhD graduates in companies’ research and development departments.
“What we have are Gudang Garam, Djarum and Indomie. Other than that, we have nothing,” he said, citing Indonesia’s major cigarettes and instant noodle producers.
Gontha suggested that if the nation did not produce 10,000 PhD graduates a year over the next 10 years, it would not be able to compete with fast-moving global competition.

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