Indonesia: Polytechnics Education Development Project

Sovereign Project | 42099-013

ADB is helping Indonesia update and improve technical and vocational training in polytechnic institutions to better align graduates’ skills with employers’ needs. The project will support measures to increase access to and quality and relevance of polytechnic education, develop high-quality programs related to key industries, and promote private sector involvement in the polytechnic sector.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Wiryono, Sutarum
    Southeast Asia Department
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  • Country/Economy
  • Modality
    • Grant
    • Loan
  • Sector
    • Education
Project Name Polytechnics Education Development Project
Project Number 42099-013
Country / Economy Indonesia
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2928-INO: Polytechnic Education Development Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 75.00 million
Grant 0343-INO: Polytechnic Education Development Project
Government of Canada US$ 4.95 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming

The project focuses on five priority areas: (i) manufacturing; (ii) agro-business (iii) infrastructure and (iv) energy and mining, (v) tourism. The impact of the project is that polytechnic education system contributes to national socio-economic development objectives in these selected industries. The expected outcome is that polytechnic education is more accessible, relevant and responsive to labor market needs, technological and entrepreneurial innovation. The performance targets are (i) the number of polytechnic students enrolled in programs in the 5 priority sectors increases by 25%, with at least 30% of these female; (ii) the number of polytechnic graduates entering the workforce increases by 25% in 5 priority sectors, with at least a 15% increase of these female, and (iii) the percentage of polytechnic graduates finding relevant employment within 6 months of graduation increases 25% by Year 5 at four Centers of Excellences (COEs) and 12 satellite polytechnic institutions. The proposed project has the following outputs:

(a) Output 1: Increased Quality and Relevance of Polytechnic System, Public and Private. The project will: (i) strengthen standards in collaboration with industry and align with the Indonesian Qualification Framework (IQF). Standards will be packaged into professional teaching programs to address skills requirements in 5 industry sectors; (ii) lecturer skills enhancement program to be implemented; (iii) revise accreditation systems, national assessment systems, and quality assurance systems according to IQF and ASEAN policies and guidelines; (iv) Improve facilities and equipment in 4 COEs and 12 satellite polytechnic institutions; (v) facilitate engagement with industry and implement projects funded through a National Skills Fund.

(b) Output 2: Increased and more equitable access to polytechnic education. The project will: (i) increase participation rates in four priority sectors; (ii) revise entry requirements and access policies to increase enrolments; (iii) assess through RPL 20000 students; (iv) link with vocational schools and private providers to establish seamless pathways and provide multiple entry points into the system, (v) fund equity strategies to ensure access by females and disadvantaged groups.

(c) Output 3: Increased private sector involvement in polytechnic sector. The project will: (i) establish an institutional framework for private sector involvement; (ii) implement training programs and methods relevant to industry skills needs; (iii) enable industry to support delivery and assessment of training.

(d) Output 4: Strengthened governance, management and financing of polytechnic institutions. The project will: (i) review and revise the regulatory, employment, management and financing frameworks and systems for polytechnic institutions to be better aligned with government policy objectives.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government's Economic Development Master Plan 2011 - 2025 seeks to accelerate economic growth to 12% per annum, create jobs and expand development to poorer regions. Six economic corridors are established, eight sectors prioritized to achieve a "self-sufficient, advanced, equitable, and prosperous Indonesia". Component 3 of this plan seeks improvements to human resources to ensure skills are available to realise the policy objectives of the plan. The proposed polytechnic development project supports these plans by increasing access to a quality polytechnic vocational education system. A system that will deliver improved skills that meets the identified needs of employers and the employment objectives and income levels of graduates. Four of the eight sectors identified by the Master Plan are to be targeted through the proposed project, these are: (i) manufacturing; (ii) infrastructure; (iii) mining; and (iv) agro-industry.

Some 75% of employment in Indonesia requires improvement in technical skills to increase enterprise productivity. To remain viable and create additional employment opportunities, enterprises need to improve service standards, produce better quality products, improve work organization, technology usage and build value chains that increase production share or capture value throughout the economy. This is a difficult task given that 90% of workers throughout Indonesia are employed by micro and small enterprises employing fewer than six workers . Over 70% of the employed population works in informal establishments performing low skilled jobs. Vocational schools, supported by the ADB INVEST project , provide quality skills formation for these jobs. To improve the quality and level of skills available to the labour market for higher skilled occupations requires engagement with the polytechnic sector. Currently unemployment amongst polytechnic graduates remains high and participation rates remain low. Graduates often wait for long periods (12 months) to find employment in areas where they have been trained and are often retrained by employers in manufacturing, infrastructure and mining sectors of the economy. Underemployment is close to 40% which further indicates mismatches between skills acquired through current higher education (including polytechnics) with what is required in the labour market . ADB country strategies (including the current Country Operations Business Plan 2011-2013, Education Sector Assessment (2010-2015) identify the low competitiveness of firms as a key constraint to growth particularly the low skills and low productivity of the workforce. Middle level skills have been identified by industry associations in each of the four economic sectors critical to growth plans . The government is also acutely aware of the need to substantially up-skill its workforce if the country is going to improve competitiveness measured against its Asian regional neighbors or achieve the objectives of the Master Plan.

Impact The impact will be the polytechnic education to produce graduates responsive to the needs of the labor market and contribute toward increasing productivity in the Priority Sectors
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Polytechnic education is aligned to the MP3EI in 5 priority sectors.
Progress Toward Outcome The 13 pre-selected polytechnics and 27 public and private polytechnics, that were selected through the National Skills Funds- Competititve Scheme, has implemented most of the planned activities in accordance with their agreed proposals. The focus of all the development proposals is to ensure increased enrollment and relevance of the polytechnics with industrial needs, in accordance to the five priority sectors stipulated in the Master Plan for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia's Economic Development (MP3EI).As of 2019, the number of students enrolled in the project polytechnic's study programs in 5 priority sectors of MP3EI achieved 45% (25,718 students), with 34% (8,778) of female students enrolled. The number of polytechnic graduates from the supported study programs entering the workforce also increased by 61% (6,704 graduates) with female graduates increased by 33% (2,207 female graduates). All of which exceeded the targets.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Increased quality and relevance of polytechnic system.

Increased and more equitable access to polytechnic institutions

Increased private sector involvement and promotion of an entrepreneurial culture to strengthen polytechnic graduate competitiveness

Strengthened governance and management of polytechnic education

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) 33 polytechnics received various types of new teaching-learning equipment and rehabilitated labs which were procured through more than 600 bid packages. A total of 279 lecturers (88 female) completed Master's and Doctoral degrees both in country and overseas supported by the government scholarship scheme, and 2,056 lecturers of them are 585 female 29%) participated in short-term training in specific skills (both domestic and overseas) funded by the loan. Number of students tested and certified in national and international competency eventually achieved the target with achievement of 25,019 certified students, of which 8,813 (35%) were female 12 Applied Master Programs were established in 7 polytechnics to support five industry priorities. The project has supported 63 agreements among polytechnics and SMKs. However, only 2,261 of students received credit transfer, with 507 (22%) female students because the policy of credit transferred from SMK to polytechnic was not continued following the separation of MORTHE and MOEC in 2015. 1,963 SMK students certified through RPL system of whom 24% (468) were female. Low achievement was due to late approval of regulation and guideline, which was approved only in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The project awarded scholarships to 1,994 recipients, with 833 female recipients (42%). 82 revised curriculums aligned with Indonesia Qualification Standard (KKNI) were endorsed by industry 421 MOUs have been established with employers and industry associations 510 staff (29%) female have been trained in project management. 33 polytechnics have implemented and revised monitoring and reporting systems. 27 demand led skills development proposals approved, funded, and implemented through NSF.
Geographical Location Bali, Bangka Belitung Islands, Central Java, East Java, East Kalimantan, East Nusa Tenggara, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Province, North Kalimantan, North Sulawesi, North Sumatra, Provinsi Lampung, Provinsi Maluku, South Sulawesi, West Java, West Sumatra
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Project will not have any adverse environmental impacts.
Involuntary Resettlement No major civil works are expected. Through application to the competitive fund, which will be established by the project, polytechnics will be provided with equipment. Only where the equipment cannot fit into existing workshops, minor civil works will be needed in order to provide for the necessary workshop extension. There will be no temporary or permanent loss of land or other assets in the civil works.
Indigenous Peoples There will be no negative impact on disadvantaged ethnic groups. However, the increased quality of the polytechnic education as well the increased access to the polytechnics, which will be the result of the Project, will also benefit indigenous people.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The Executing Agency for the PPTA was the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGHE) of the Ministry of National Education (MoNE). An advisory counterpart team of DGHE to work with the TA was appointed under the supervision of the Director of Learning Programs and Student Affairs consisting of professional staff of Polytechnic Institutions (7 members) and MoNE (10 members). In the inception phase, the counterpart team presented its draft Strategic Plan for Polytechnic Development 2010-2014 indicating preferred directions for the intended project, which were taken into account by the PPTA team in the design of the project during the second phase. The draft Plan had been developed in early 2010 in anticipation of the ADB support to the sector. Also, the planning of the PPTA project was discussed in the inception phase with the objective to align the activities of both teams, to agree on working arrangements and cooperation in preparation for the Polytechnic Development Project. Since the start of the project there has been a series of meetings of the counterpart team with the PPTA experts team on the planning and activities of the TA and especially on the development of the Problem Tree and the DMF for the project. There have also been joined field visits for the sector assessment, and the PPTA experts were invited to three workshops in which all state Polytechnics participated to present and discuss the initial design of the PDP. The workshops provided an opportunity to inform all state Polytechnics on the intended PDP and to receive their feedback and recommendations on the implementation of the PDP. A major concern of the counterpart team has been the timely production of the final project document for the PDP loan to allow the use of earmarked GoI funds for the PDP in 2011. A large number of polytechnics, other TVET and higher educational institutions, education and training support institutions, industries, industrial associations, ministries and donor agencies were visited for interviews, discussions, meetings, collecting information and informing them on the intended PDP. Some 32 visits were made to different public and private polytechnics, some 16 visits to different industries, 8 visits to supporting agencies (BNSP, LSP, Kopertis, BAN-PT, ASPI, SEAMOLEC), and 7 visits to Ministries other than MONE. Around 95 interviews were conducted with one or more resource persons. A workshop with the donor community and stakeholders from the polytechnic education sector was held in the Ministry of Education on 29th July 2010, in which the PPTA was presented and discussed to inform the international donor community and stakeholders on the intended PDP. Several donors, including ADB, presented their visions and plans in the context of overall skills development policies and requirements in Indonesia, and options for donor coordination and alignment were discussed. The series of meetings and workshops with the MoNE counterpart group and involving representatives of the Polytechnics were an important venue to socialize the project objectives and approach and to get feedback in the process of defining the project design and the technical approaches for its implementation. Some 16 meetings were held with the counterpart group till May 2011. Of special importance were the meetings with all polytechnic directors and management staff arranged by the counterpart group, respectively in Manado, Surabaya, Batam and Jakarta. The objectives of the PDP were socialized and intensively discussed with the polytechnic directors and managing staff, including implementation strategies. For the definition of the Problem Tree based upon the findings of the assessment phase, and for the initial design of the DMF, the project team had a series of intensive focus group discussions by which both documents gradually took shape and were prepared for further consultation with the ADB and stakeholders at the central and institutional levels.
During Project Implementation The Directorate General of Higher Education (DGHE) of the Ministry of National Education (MONE) was the Executing Agency (EA) for the project. Following the restructurization in 2015 the project was brought to DG Learning and Student Affairs, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (MORTHE). And in December 2019 was transferred back to DG Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Culture (MOEC) following the new cabinet structure in 2019. The EA is responsible for the overall management and implementation of the project. A project steering committee is established, chaired by the Deputy Minister of BAPPENAS, to provide strategic guidance for the project. This committee comprises persons from key sector stakeholders including BAPPENAS, relevant employer associations and the Ministry of Manpower and Trans Migration (MOMT). The MOF is responsible for disbursement of the Project funds. The project management unit (PMU) is established by DGHE, under the guidance of the project director who is the Director of Learning and Student Affairs in DGHE. The PMU is headed by a project manager and is responsible for day-to-day project implementation, planning and budgeting, procurement, disbursement, monitoring, supervising, overseeing of implementation in project institutions, and submitting the required reports to the Government and ADB. The project also establishes a web based resource to allow interested organisations/individuals to track project activities and progress in meeting project outputs.
Responsible ADB Officer Wiryono, Sutarum
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Indonesia Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Directorate General of Learning & Student Affairs (formerly Directorate General of Higher Education)
Ir. Suherman
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Pintu Satu
Senayan Jakarta 10270
Concept Clearance 25 Feb 2011
Fact Finding 01 Dec 2011 to 23 Dec 2011
MRM 16 Mar 2012
Approval 31 Oct 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 05 May 2020

Grant 0343-INO

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Apr 2013 09 Dec 2013 27 Feb 2014 30 Jun 2018 31 Dec 2019 06 Oct 2021
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 4.95 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 17 Jun 2022 0.00 4.12 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 4.95 17 Jun 2022 0.00 4.12 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory

Loan 2928-INO

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Oct 2012 21 Nov 2012 07 Jan 2013 30 Jun 2018 31 Dec 2019 06 Oct 2021
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 91.70 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 75.00 17 Jun 2022 68.63 0.00 100%
Counterpart 16.70 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 17 Jun 2022 68.63 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory

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Title Document Type Document Date
Polytechnics Education Development Project: Project Completion Report Project/Program Completion Reports Nov 2021
Polytechnics Education Development Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January 2019-August 2020) Audited Project Financial Statements Sep 2021
Polytechnics Education Development Project: Follow-Up Proactive Integrity Review Proactive Integrity Reviews (PIR) Feb 2020
Polytechnics Education Development Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (1 January-31 December 2018) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2019
Polytechnics Education Development Project: Project Procurement-Related Review Report Proactive Integrity Reviews (PIR) Jun 2017
Polytechnics Education Development Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (1 January-31 December 2017) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2017
Polytechnics Education Development Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (1 January–31 December 2016) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2017
Polytechnic Education Development Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Mar 2017
Polytechnics Education Development Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (1 January–31 December 2015) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2016
Polytechnics Education Development Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (1 January–31 December 2014) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2015
Polytechnics Education Development Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (1 January–31 December 2013) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2014
Proyek Pengembangan Pendidikan Politeknik : Lembar Data Proyek Translated PDS Jan 2013
Loan Agreement for Polytechnic Education Development Project between Republic of Indonesia and Asian Development Bank Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Nov 2012
Polytechnic Education Development Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Oct 2012
Polytechnic Education Development Project Gender Action Plans Oct 2012
Polytechnic Education Development Project Project/Program Administration Manual Sep 2012

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

Title Document Type Document Date
Indonesia: Polytechnic Education Development Project Validations of Project Completion Reports Jun 2022

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Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Procurement Specialist to Completion Report Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Aug 2019 10 Aug 2019
Project Management Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Jun 2019 21 Jun 2019
The Development of PEDP Project Completion Report Firm - Consulting Closed 09 Feb 2019 10 Mar 2019
Consulting Firm for The Preparation of Financial Reporting in Fiscal Year 2018 Firm - Consulting Closed 17 Jan 2019 15 Feb 2019
Consultant for Media Promotion Research Firm - Consulting Closed 17 Jan 2019 15 Feb 2019
Consulting Service for Developing Polytechnics Profile Firm - Consulting Closed 18 Oct 2018 16 Nov 2018
Study on Polytechnic Graduates’ Relevance and Employability Firm - Consulting Closed 28 Oct 2017 11 Dec 2017
Strategic Media Placement Consultant Firm - Consulting Closed 09 Sep 2017 08 Oct 2017
Photographer for Materials Production Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Sep 2017 22 Sep 2017
Advocacy Campaign Specialist and Associate Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Sep 2017 21 Sep 2017
Laboratory Safety and Management Training Firm - Consulting Closed 24 Aug 2017 22 Oct 2017
Public Accountant Firm Firm - Consulting Closed 01 Apr 2017 30 Apr 2017

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
STRATEGIC MEDIA PLACEMENT CONSUTANT SERVICES FOR THE EA Grant 0343 08 Dec 2017 PT VETIGA HIMAIS OPTIMA | WISMA YAKYF 2ND FLOOR JLN WARUNG BUNCIT NO 99 KALIBATA JAKSEL INDONESIA Ministry of Education and Culture; Ministry of Finance; Directorate General of Learning & Student Affairs 195,184.00
LOAN - MONITORING AND EVALUATION - CQS Loan 2928 30 Oct 2017 PT INACON LUHUR PERTIWI | JL PEJATEN RAYA NO 26B PEJATEN BARAT PASAR MINGGU JAKARTA INDONESIA Directorate General of Learning & Student Affairs 268,669.00 268,032.00
Poli Man Babel - NCB G - Electronic Lab and Welding Workshop Loan 2928 28 Apr 2017 Pt Ergasia Duta Permai | Jl Daan Mogot No95 C Jakarta Barat Indonesia Directorate General of Higher Education 243,720.03 243,720.03
Polytechnic State of Manado - NSB G - Equip for Advanced Workshop Production Technology (Coconut Wood) - Assignment Loan 2928 28 Apr 2017 Pt Rizki Ligar Satutigalimaempat | Jl Cukang Kawung No48 Bandung Indonesia Directorate General of Higher Education 545,379.72 545,298.12

Procurement Plan