Is that true that Indonesian education system is "commercial"?

Prior to my previous question... see "Which university offers the best electrical engineering undergraduate study in Indonesia?" I asked a malaysian friend to translate some contents in and -some say that Malaysian and Indonesian language are similar-. And she said that both univ offer 2 types of entrance test: the first one is the national-wide test with no tuition fee; the 2nd is held in the campus, and it demands 2 grand bucks (2000US$) at minimum in univ of Indon. and 5 grand bucks (5000$) in Inst. Tech. Bandung. The higher you pay, the larger entrance opportunity U have. She also added that some Indonesian senior high students who are failed in the national-wide test demonstrated & sued the Indonesian government in the court? Is that true? (I can't believe it) Is that true? My friend said that Inst. Tech. Bandung was once (1930s-1960s) the best in Pacific because it was established by The Netherlands and United Kingdoms, and a lot of Dutch/British lecturers taught there. Even some ministers of Malaysia and Singapore graduated from ITB as well as some former Indonesian presidents. But now, so many highly-qualified lecturers from Univ of Indon. and Inst. Tech. Bandung had fled to Malaysian National Univ. and Nanyang Tech Univ. My Malaysian friend hold a B.Sc degree from National Univ of Singapore in Chemical Engineering, her professor graduated from ITB and then went to Stanford & MIT to further his study (Msc & PhD). Her professor was a Chinese descendant who suffered a lot of pressure while teaching in ITB. She recommended that I should inform my work mate that Malaysian Universities are so much better with less cost than Indonesian univs. I just want to be fair & just. No Offense, I am 100% neutral.

Asked By: Fernando A - 5/26/2007
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Yes, If you want the easier way, you had to pay 45 milion Rupiah to be enrolled in ITB back there in 2003 when I graduated highschool. But that doesn't mean acceptance guarantee, they still have to pass the equally hard entrance exam... More
Answered By: kittykattykooo - 5/29/2007
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Yes. Bribe is a must. You want, go for 40 million rupiah.
Answered By: ruyu t - 5/26/2007
yes its has becoming favorite business!!!
Answered By: Bear - 5/26/2007
In a way, yes. I think now it's cheaper to just study in a private universities. And it's not so bad either.
Answered By: ira a - 5/26/2007
(In addition to what your m'sian friend told you), I believe Indonesian students have won much more gold, silver & bronze medals of The International Physics Olympiad - physics being the basic of electrical engineering your friend's looking for in your previous question. Sadly, CMIIW, m'sian students have not won as... More
Answered By: Stardust - 5/26/2007
Yes... Bribing is a common things in Indonesia. Education is all about business...
Answered By: Papilio troilus - 5/28/2007
Yes. If you are a foreigner, better study in your home country or go to Singapore
Answered By: Leonie A - 5/28/2007
Well, to be completely honest to you, I'm not interested in Indonesian education. but yes, Indonesian language and Malaysian language is similar. and I think education in Indonesia is not that expensive. well as for that case, the student sued the government because the government's fault.
Answered By: Green Tara - 5/29/2007
That is true, education system in Indonesia allow some public-owned school to boost up their prices. The problem is there is no constitution rules from the government of Indonesia to forbid the high prices of the public school... More
Answered By: Hiero M - 5/29/2007
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