This barrier is unrelated to the end of the transition period, following the United Kingdom's departure from the EU.

Public ID: PID-89N25G

Restrictions on overseas higher-education institutions in Indonesia

in Indonesia

Trade barrier summary

Article 50 and 90 of Higher Education Law No.12 of 2012 permits foreign universities to establish partnerships with Indonesian institutions for non-profit reasons; including providing high-quality education, developing Indonesian research and local cultural centres, and establishing an independent scientific community.

However, there are conditions: overseas universities must also be accredited by their country of origin and prioritise the employment of local Indonesian faculty members. Non-local educational instructors must be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Ministry of Education and Culture (MOEC) and the Ministry of Manpower.

The implementing regulation, Ministerial Regulation 53 of 2018, adds further conditions: foreign universities can only be established in economic zones, be ranked in the world's top 200 and should offer at least two STEM programmes.

Sectors affected

  • Education and training



Date reported

11 August 2020

Last updated

1 June 2022

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