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Indonesia tops destination for international schools in Southeast Asia: Report

Indonesia remains a leading destination for international schools in Southeast Asia, according to ISC Research data announced on Tuesday.

The data, which was released ahead of the GESS Indonesia education exhibition and conference slated for Sept. 26-28 at the Jakarta Convention Center, shows Indonesia leading the region with 198, followed by Thailand with 192, Malaysia with 187, Singapore with 119 and Vietnam with 118.

"The growth of the international schools' sector in Indonesia is a testament to the far-reaching education reforms being undertaken by the government, with significant inputs from the private sector. We intend to support this development by gathering some of the world's leading experts to share their insights on the latest education trends," said the project director of GESS Indonesia organizer Tarsus F&E, Matt Thompson in a statement.

Additionally, the report reveals that student enrollment in Indonesia's international schools has also grown from 53,000 in 2013 to 61,000 in 2018.

"Mid-price range international schools are increasingly in demand, particularly by local families and Asian expatriates and this is where there is most growth in the market," said ISC Research's head of Southeast Asia research Sam Fraser.

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As the world's fourth most populous country and the largest in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is considered a hotbed of opportunities for education-related UK companies, according to the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA).

"Sixty percent of global growth is expected to come from Asia by 2025. Indonesia is part of ASEAN which has a free trade zone. It is also strategically placed to do business with China, Japan and Australia," said William Prieto-Parra, the head of events – UK & International at BESA.

GESS Indonesia is said to feature educational talks and workshops, including the latest technological advances as supporting tools for educators. It will also host discussions on bullying, creativity in classrooms, and adopting technical/vocation literacy in the early years. 

Published : August 15, 2018

By : The Jakarta Post Asia News Network Jakarta