Education sector in Indonesia

Indonesia education

The Government of Indonesia has allocated 20% of the state budget for education. A growing, middle class and a programme of reform to raise educational standards are creating new, promising opportunities in the sector.

Market overview

Indonesia’s economy grew by 6.2% in 2012. Growth of 6.4% is predicted for 2013. Indonesia’s total population is 240m, of which some 60% are under 30 years old.

The public education system is based on the Dutch model, and provides for 12 years of education. There are 144,228 elementary schools, 28,777 junior high schools and 10,765 senior high schools in Indonesia. The Ministry of National Education (Kementerian Pendidikan Nasional) is responsible for these schools and for the 49 public universities.

The public system is supplemented by National Plus or private schools that offer education beyond that specified in the national curriculum. These schools may offer internationally recognised courses such as the IB or IGCSE. A growing number of International Schools cater primarily for the non-Indonesian market segment.

There are numerous private training providers in the market.

Key opportunities

Opportunities include:

  • Joint Research Programmes and Institutional Linkages

  • Teacher training

  • Vocational Education

  • Corporate & Offshore courses for business

  • Cultural Exchanges and Study Abroad Programmes – Indonesian students continue to show interest in the UK as a destination.

  • Tailored Training Programmes, in areas such as finance, banking, oil & gas, manufacturing and agriculture

  • English as Second Language

Latest export opportunities in the Education & Training sector

Getting into the market

Regulation no.20/2003, requires foreign educational institutions or training providers to partner with a local company, who then serves as an agent and runs the business in Indonesia.

To take advantage of the opportunities available, it is crucial that companies:

  • Appoint the right business partner (after undertaking due diligence work)

  • Visit the market on a regular basis (face-to-face contact and the development of relationships is critical to business success)

  • Prepare comprehensive information packs profiling your company, product/services, pricing and terms of payment

  • Participate in major educational exhibitions to showcase products/services to relevant partners.

More about doing business in Indonesia.


Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS).

To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country – or contact your local international trade team.

  • Deasy Wang, British Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia; Tel: +62 21 2356 5232; Fax: +62 21 2356 5352 or email:

UKTI Events

UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.

Latest events in Education & Training sector

Major Events


22 – 25 January 2014

London, United Kingdom

Education UK Exhibition

16-17 November 2013

Jakarta, Indonesia

Useful links

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Sectors: Education & Training
Countries: Indonesia
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