Edition 15 February 2021

  • Honorary Degrees a Dime a Dozen
    Cover Story

    Honorary Degrees a Dime a Dozen

    Some universities are generously awarding honorary degrees to politicians and officials. The selection process is considered to be non-transparent, with underlying political motives. Several officials have also aggressively lobbied for the adjunct professor titles at universities.

  • The Price of an Honorary Degree
    Cover Story

    The Price of an Honorary Degree

    Universities are making it easy for politicians and businessmen to receive honorary degrees. Speeches are prepared with university assistance.

  • There’s an Increase in Honorary Degrees Granting
    Cover Story

    There’s an Increase in Honorary Degrees Granting

    Higher Education Director-General Nizam explains the issue of honorary degrees granting and the ministry of education and culture’s stance.

  • The Bull's Maze at the Research Institute

    The Bull's Maze at the Research Institute

    The research and technology ministry and the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) are in a state of limbo. The PDI-P reportedly wants Megawati Soekarnoputri at the helm of BRIN steering committee.

  • The President Wants Me to Carry On

    The President Wants Me to Carry On

    Minister of Research and Technology/Chair of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) Bambang Brodjonegoro said he received full support from President Joko Widodo who asked BRIN to start working immediately. He also said that he had disagreements with the Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Tjahjo Kumolo.

  • Rokan’s Ongoing Saga

    Rokan’s Ongoing Saga

    Only five months left to prepare for the transition towards a new operator for the Rokan Block. A number of problems are still unresolved, while others already await Pertamina. 

  • Chevron's Successor

    Chevron's Successor

    Negotiations between Chevron and Italy’s Eni in the Indonesia Deepwater Development project is scheduled to finish in the first quarter of 2021. Even if the transition is done according to plan, first production targets are expected to be late.

  • We Should Be More Flexible

    We Should Be More Flexible

    Dwi Soetjipto, Chairman of the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Task Force (SKK Migas) explained his strategies to boost the oil and gas production which continues to decline and never reaches the target. Moreover, the plan for new investment is still unclear. 

  • Two Cases, One Suspect

    Two Cases, One Suspect

    The Attorney General’s Office is investigating a new case against former Pelindo II CEO Richard Joost Lino. His old case in the Corruption Eradication Commission remains unresolved.

  • Bring On the Charges

    Bring On the Charges

    Former Pelabuhan Indonesia II chief executive officer Richard Joost Lino asked investigators at the Corruption Eradication Commission and Attorney General’s Office to complete work on the investigations being conducted on him. Lino’s wife and children have turned over their bank records to the AGO.

  • Interview


    I’m Not a Magician

    Garuda Indonesia CEO Irfan Setiaputra inherited a plethora of problems when he joined the national flag carrier last year. Now, if he is not exploring maneuvers to turn the financially-distressed company around amid dwindling number of passengers or taking care of the thorny plane rental contract, Irfan shepherds Garuda as a pivotal airline in distributing Covid-19 vaccines. Armed with extensive experience in leading various companies, Irfan Setiaputra pulls out all the stops to restore Garuda Indonesia’s image as a bona fide airline.


  • Profile

    Cultural Path in Developing Papua

    Cultural Path in Developing Papua

    Mathius Awoitauw changes the governance system by involving customary community structure. Development engages the local people.

  • Letters

    Culture in Law Enforcement

    Culture in Law Enforcement

    Views of Tempo readers on culture in law enforcement and humanism in architecture.

  • Art & Culture

    From The Plague to the Psyche

    The Rancage Literary Award has for the 33rd time endowed the best works of literature in local languages. Instigated by literary giant Ajip Rosidi, the award provides impetus to provincial writers to preserve local languages on the brink of extinction.




    An aerial photograph shows the extent of damage inflicted by a mud and gas eruption at Al-Ihsan Islamic Boarding School in Pekanbaru City, Riau, Saturday, February 6. Mud and gas have been gushing out since January 4 after locals dug a well to look for water. The incident has damaged the school buildings and the surrounding area, forcing students and local residents to relocate. ANTARA/FB Anggoro




    A MUSLIM women prays in the hall of Tanjung Karang Gereja Kristen Muria Indonesia (GKMI) Church, Kudus, Central Java, Thursday, February 11. As many as 41 families of various religions are taking refuge at the church after their homes are inundated by the flood that deluged Kudus and the surrounding areas since January 31. ANTARA/Yusuf Nugroho


  • Wrong Target

    Wrong Target

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Doctor Honoris Causa for Sale

    Doctor Honoris Causa for Sale

    Honorary doctorates (doctor honoris causa) should only be given to people who have made a real contribution to the advancement of knowledge. Universities are embarrassing themselves.

  • Legal Limbo for R.J. Lino

    Legal Limbo for R.J. Lino

    The investigation into the alleged corruption over the supply of cranes to Pelindo II in 2010 has been in limbo for more than five years. The KPK must immediately make clear of R.J. Lino's circumstances.

  • Empty Words about Sovereignty

    Empty Words about Sovereignty

    The transfer of the management of the Rokan Block from Chevron to Pertamina is delayed by a number of problems. This is the result of the government's politicizing of economic decisions.

  • Political Meddling in the Research Agency

    Political Meddling in the Research Agency

    The establishment of the National Research and Innovation Agency is held up by a dispute over political interests. This shows the lack of commitment to innovation.

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