Lecture: Multicultural Challenges in Indonesian Higher Education

Multicultural Challenges in Indonesian Higher Education


This public lecture will discuss Multicultural Challenges in Indonesian Higher Education with the case of the migration of Eastern Indonesian university students who come to Java for higher education. Often from rural regions such as Flores, Sumba, and Timor in Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT), and the Kei Islands in Southeast Maluku, these young adults delay joining fisheries, agriculture, or tourism sectors. Instead these relatively high-performing students travel to the “center of the country” seeking skills and experiences promised by higher education in Javanese urban centers. Students from these economically and culturally distinct regions of Indonesia seek knowledge, economic opportunity, and an enriching experience in a new environment. Importantly, they also report wanting to use the education they receive in Java to benefit their families and communities, both specifically and generally. The journey of educational migration to and from Java takes years and substantial investment, and it is not without risk, despite high hopes for personal and community benefits. Their number has increased dramatically in recent decades, with important implications for a culturally—but also economically--diverse Indonesian society.


Dr. H. Mudofir, M.Pd. (Rector of IAIN Surakarta) and Chris Foertsch (Fulbright Researcher, USA)


AIFIS in cooperation with Dinika—Acedemic Journal of Islamic Studies—of IAIN Surakarta will conduct this event on:

Date: Tuesday, 3 October 2017                                                                                                       Time: 08.30 – 11.00 WIB                                                                                                               Venue: Graha IAIN Surakarta                                                                                                               Jl. Pandawa, Pucangan, Kartasura, Jawa Tengah

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