From the west to the east Indonesia extends more than 5000 km, from Sabang, located in the North of Sumatra Island, to Merauke, situated in Papua Island. Often, when talking about Indonesia, the focus of our discussions lies on the western islands of Java and Sumatra, which are the economic powerhouses of the country and where many of the best Higher Education Institutions are located. We should, of course, be aware of the fact, that Java cannot always serve as a model for East Indonesia, where the universities are working under different historical, cultural and economical circumstances and frame conditions.
Thus, in this edition of the newsletter, we decided to put a special focus on universities in the eastern part of Indonesia. We wanted to get to know more about their current situation and also about the specific problems they are facing during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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