Bappenas Invites 20 University Rectors to Discuss Strategies for 2025-2045 RPJPN

The Minister of National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas Suharso Monoarfa invited the rectors of 20 universities to gather input on the preparation of the draft 2025-2045 National Long-Term Development Plan (RPJPN), with the aim of realizing the national targets of sovereignty, development, and sustainability.

One of the targets of the 2025-2045 RPJPN is to transform Indonesia into a developed country by increasing its Gross National Income (GNI) per capita. Minister Suharso emphasized that growth of the GNI per capital must be seen from the point of view of the ability to change the social structure of Indonesian society.

“What we really want to do is to elevate the economic statuses of those in the lower middle class and the poorer classes,” Minister Suharso said during the ‘Rectors Speak for a Golden Indonesia 2045’ event held at the Bappenas building in Jakarta on Tuesday (6/6). The target outlined by the minister is in line with Indonesia’s Vision 2045 goal, one of which is to realize and elevate the status of up to 80% of Indonesia’s middle class by 2045.

In order to achieve this target, Minister Suharso listened to the strategies of the rectors, in preparation for the 2025-2045 RPJPN’s drafting, especially on the issues of education, the workforce, and poverty alleviation. Bappenas’ Deputy of Economic Affairs Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti explained that universities must contribute to Indonesia’s transformation, which not only involves economic transformation but also social transformation and governance reviews.

“Social transformation will lead us to create a more well-rounded society, while economic transformation will help us escape the middle income trap before 2045 and governance review will help create higher quality public services and a more participatory civil society,” Deputy Amalia said.

The Rectors’ Speak for a Golden Indonesia 2045 event was attended by 20 university rectors, namely from the Bogor Agricultural Institute, University of Indonesia, Padjadjaran University, Gadjah Mada University, the Bandung Institute of Technology, Hassanudin University, Airlangga University, Mulawarman University, Brawijaya University, Andalas University, and Shia University Kuala.

In addition, the heads of Mataram University, Antasari Banjarmasin State Islamic University, Sunan Ampel State Islamic University Surabaya, YARSI University, Bina Nusantara University, Pattimura University, the Indonesia International Islamic University, Cendrawasih University, and North Sumatra University were also present at the event.