Chapter 8

Access and Equity in Higher Education in Indonesia

A Review from the Periphery

Losina Purnastuti1 and Rita Eka Izzaty2,    1Faculty of Economics, Yogyakarta State University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia,    2Faculty of Education, Yogyakarta State University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Higher education in Indonesia has steadily expanded since the enactment of the Education Act in 1961. This expansion has been reasonably uniform across the past four decades. Thus, the number of students grew continuously from around 200,000 students in 1975 to more than 4.5 million students by 2012. Widening access to higher education has become a top priority for governments in Indonesia and around the world. This has been achieved in numerous ways, for example: ...

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