A number of Australian providers are active in Indonesia. This report identifies three types of education partnership models, which we have categorised as general partnerships, strategic partnerships and joint ventures. Based on these models, it provides insights into types of in-country activities underway, the engagement approaches used, and the opportunities available and barriers to entry or expansion.
The report covers five sectors: higher education (HE), vocational education and training (VET), English language courses (ELICOS), schools and education technology (EdTech). Australian education providers have a range of views and approaches on their next steps, but all agree that Indonesia offer opportunities that are too important to ignore.
There is a large and growing demand for education and training in Indonesia. A small number of Australian providers are already actively pursuing their own agendas. Some are succeeding, some are at an early stage of business development, while some are revitalising their Indonesia strategy after seeing the rapid changes taking place in the country
These providers are using different approaches. A few concentrate on government engagement, offering training solutions or niche consulting. Some have chosen to deal exclusively with industry where it is relatively easier, and issues of funding are less of a concern. Others seek to partner locally in various ways to access the student market. Providers have consistently identified the importance of choosing the right partner.
We identified three primary partnership models, each with a different degree of risk, institutional commitment and regulatory complexity. We have termed them general partnerships, strategic partnerships, and joint ventures. These demonstrate how some organisations are navigating Indonesia’s regulatory, policy and development environments, and each contains many lessons for Australian providers considering a presence in Indonesia.
The vocational education sector may present a particular opportunity for Australian providers, due to both the scale of demand and Indonesia’s stated goal of boosting its skilled workforce. A number of Australian VET institutions have established operations in Indonesia.
While the regulatory environment facing foreign providers may be complex, it is by no means prohibitive, as case studies in this report illustrate. Patience, commitment and the willingness to forge strong local relationships are seen as important ingredients in succeeding in Indonesia.