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Indonesia: Engineering Education Development Project [Loan 1432-INO]

sector: Education | country: Indonesia

1. The monitoring and evaluation system needs to be integrated and implemented within the regular activities of the project institutions and linked to the Directorate General of Higher Education’s management information system to better identify improvements required in the delivery of education services. Evaluation noted data gaps and the need for closer coordination in terms of data collection and monitoring and evaluation of impacts. As such, baseline data for specific outcome indicators like enrollment rate, pass rate or graduation rate of students, job search period, etc., should be established and continuously updated in an easily accessible database for each project institution. Real-time assessments or post-evaluation studies on quality of engineering education and academic standards, for instance, require time-series trends of key education indicators which would help each university or polytechnic institution identify needed improvements for curriculum development, industry-institution linkage, staff development and access to engineering education. [Main text, paras. 53,54,76 items (i),(v)]

2. Given the limitations in government funding for higher education institutions, the development of entrepreneurial capacity would be useful in establishing alternative means of ensuring cost recovery and funding maintenance and repair of facilities and equipment of these institutions. Partnering with other educational institutions, organizations, and enterprises can facilitate this objective as well as optimize utilization of facilities and equipment. For instance, some project institutions have forged training partnerships with government agencies and enterprises and are providing consulting services in exchange for payments. Some of these revenues are being directed toward repair and maintenance of their training equipment. [Main text, paras. 64,66,76 items (ii),(iv)]

3. Integrated management of equipment for each university and polytechnic institution, involving an informative inventory system, operation and maintenance manuals, and staff training and accountabilities, should be instituted to permit easy monitoring of its status to promote its optimal use. The suboptimal utilization of project equipment has been noted to have affected efficiency in meeting project outcomes. [Main text, paras. 63,76 item (iii)]

4. An effective screening method used in enhancing college access to the underprivileged and women could be institutionalized for each project universities and polytechnic institution. Expansion of coverage of the scholarship scheme to far-flung areas may be encouraged including the achievement of 50:50 female and male ratio goal. Evaluation noted that the project has resulted in significant changes in the project s institutions capacity which allowed opportunity for more class sessions and to increase education access of women and underprivileged students through scholarships and improving capacity of civil engineering programs. [Main text, paras. 19,48,49,65,71,76 item (vi)]

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