Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (Mendikbudristek), Nadiem Anwar Makarim, officially does not require a thesis as the main requirement for graduation for undergraduate and graduate students (applied undergraduate). This provision is contained in the Regulation of the Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (Permendikbudristek) Number 53 of 2023 concerning Higher Education Quality Assurance.
Nadiem said the graduation requirements would be left up to each head of study program (head of study program) in tertiary institutions.
Education Observer, Doni Koesoema, said that the Ministry of Education and Culture’s policy not to require a thesis as the main requirement for graduation for undergraduate and graduate students is nothing new in the world of education. This is because similar policies have been implemented in a number of other countries, including Europe and America.
“That is something that is actually normal and commonly practiced in many countries, that is, it is not mandatory to write some kind of thesis as a graduation requirement,” Doni said. CNBC IndonesiaWednesday (30/8/2023).
“However, don’t let us just go along with other countries (do not require a thesis), but don’t follow a system that strengthens quality assurance abroad. After all, it will be the same,” he continued.
Doni said that the decision by the Ministry of Education and Culture to submit all graduation requirements to each tertiary institution was the right thing. This is because universities have the authority to set their own standards.
“Because it has been handed over to the tertiary institution, it must be wiser in making decisions. Of course, it is based on a thorough study and based on the experience of the quality of students so that quality is maintained,” said Doni.
Pluses and minuses of graduating college without a thesis
Doni assessed that having the option of graduating from college without a thesis could lead to a number of drawbacks, one of which was the disparity between universities.
“In my opinion, there will be a disparity between good and bad universities. There are universities that easily graduate their students, but others don’t. So, there must be an agreement,” said Doni.
“Then, it will also affect the quality of learning. Overseas tertiary institutions, if there are no exams then there are very strict courses, lots of assignments, exercises, writing, essays, and discussions. If our SKS is still as it is now, it will be difficult for us to compete ,” continued the Founder of Education Consulting Character Education.
Even so, the lecturer at Multimedia Nusantara University (UMN) thinks that this policy is good to implement because it gives freedom for students to choose the final path of graduation.
“The advantage of this policy is that students can choose, yes. Campus [memang] It’s good to give choices, not force. Right, there are students who want to use their thesis, some don’t. Students must be given the freedom to choose,” said Doni.
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