The Indonesia report is the fourth country study to be published as part of Atlas of Islamic World Science and Innovation project. The report offers an assessment of the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) landscape in Indonesia, which inhabits the world’s biggest Muslim population.
Indonesia is keen to regain its former scientific glory. Given its recent remarkable economic progress, young and energetic population mostly in economically productive age, abundance in natural resources strengthening its position especially in agriculture, environment and energy, large number of universities, ambitous focus on R&D and investment in the development of centres of excellence, Indonesia has strong potential to emerge as a global star in terms of STI.
While acknowledging the positive trends in STI in Indonesia, the report also seeks to objectively identify areas which can be further improved and explores new opportunities for collaboration with the global world.
As fieldwork analysis is fundamental to the country case studies, around 100 interviews carried out with scientists, policymakers, students, journalists, university and business leaders also reveal the delicate interplay between science, innovation, culture and politics in Indonesia.
The Atlas project has been a landmark study exploring the changing landscape of science and innovation across a diverse selection of countries with large Muslim populations in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The objective of the project has been to map key trends and trajectories in science and technology-based innovation in selected OIC Member Countries and thus facilitate formulation of evidence-based STI policy in these countries through close cooperation with partners in each of the countries.