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New Online Education Platform Targets 25,000 Learners by Year-End


AUGUST 25, 2015

Jakarta. IndonesiaX, a locally-based massive open online course platform, aims to garner more than 25,000 registered learners by the end of the year as the country gears up for a peak population of citizens in their reproductive age in the next five to 10 years.

"The growth possibilities are great...This year, we're targeting 25,000 learners, but it seems that we're going to pass that number," Dean Jay Matthew,  director and chief operational officer at IndonesiaX, told reporters during a media gathering in Jakarta on Tuesday.

IndonesiaX was launched last Monday and has since attracted up to 10,000 registered learners and visitors across 351 cities in 65 countries, according to an official statement on Tuesday.

The website currently provides several introductory courses in law,  management, stock exchange and world history with some planned courses in engineering and broadcasting coming in the near future.

In attempt to reach more visitors, the platform is currently preparing a mobile application  ̶  supported by Android and Apple  ̶  as well as a feature to download video transcripts from the website.

Indonesia is forecast to see a demographic bonus between 2025 and 2035, according to the National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN).

Still, many businesses such as banks and information technology firms have often cried out about the small pool of qualified and skilled talents in the country.

Mohammad Nuh, chief advisory council at IndonesiaX and former education minister during the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration, noted that the platform intends to "complement" the formal education in Indonesia, offering both academic skills and life skills.

"We want to increase substantial competence. We don't want to see a competition of diplomas any more, but in competence, which would eventually lead to the nation's competitiveness," said Nuh, who also served as minister of information and communication.

"Personally, I think [the initiative] could even reach 50,000 [learners]. All of us believe that the growth will be exponential."

Other homegrown MOOC platforms in the country include Harukaedu and Codemi.