Locating Indonesia within the Emergent Regionalism of Southeast Asian Higher Education

  • Anthony R. Welch

Abstract

The Indonesian higher education system presents a series of challenges to the growth of regionalism, underlining empirically that different states have differing capacities to engage with regional developments and agendas. While a key member of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and part of associated initiatives in regional higher education, such as the ASEAN Universities Network (AUN), the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP), and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), Indonesia’s relatively peripheral status in the global knowledge system, as also domestic issues of institutional governance, limited regulatory capacity, quality, corruption, and financial constraints, all serve to inhibit a more robust engagement in regional initiatives. In this sense, the analysis here largely concurs with that of Jayasuriya (2003), in which he argues that much of the existing analysis of South East Asian regionalism, including at times by ASEAN member countries themselves, has been both triumphalist and too focused on “formal regional ‘institutions’, … to the detriment of the understanding of the domestic political mainsprings of regional governance” (Jayasuriya 2003, 199). Moreover, these regional initiatives themselves lack the more established character of their European Union (EU) counterparts, thereby limiting the capacity of what has been called regulatory regionalism.

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