Improve Historical Insights: 5 Indonesian Figures who Studied in the Netherlands


1.Mohammad Hatta

Anyone who doesn’t know one of Indonesia’s most famous heroes or proclaimers ? This is the figure of Mohammad Hatta who was born on August 12, 1902 in Bukittinggi. In this beautiful small town, Bung Hatta grew up in his family’s circle. Hatta had six sisters and he was the only son.

Mohammad Hatta is one of the central figures in Indonesian history. He is known as a movement figure, proclaimer, father of the nation, and intelligent opposition figure and vice president. Hatta was known as an intellectual figure thanks to his ‘bookish’ habit.

In 1921, he went to Rotterdam, Netherlands to study Commerce and Business at the Nederland Handelshogeschool, now Erasmus Universiteit.


2. Sutan Sjahrir

Born in Padang Panjang, West Sumatra on March 5, 1909. Sjahrir was the son of Mohammad Rasad title Maharaja Soetan bin Soetan Leman title Soetan Palindih and Puti Siti Rabiah.

After graduating from Indonesia, he continued his studies in the Netherlands, at the University of Amsterdam. There, he studied socialism at the Faculty of Law.

In 1929, Sjahrir continued his studies in the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam. Later, he became a law student at Leiden University.

Sutan Sjahrir was also the secretary of the Indonesian Association, an organization of Indonesian students in the Netherlands.


3. Panji Sosrokartono

Drs. Raden Mas Panji Sosrokartono is an important figure in Indonesia, known as a war journalist, translator, teacher, as well as an Indonesian specialist. He is the older brother of R.A. Kartini, also an important figure for Kartini because he inspired her to become a female emancipation figure. Raden Mas Panji Sosrokartono is often called the Genius of the East.

In 1898, he went to the Netherlands and continued his education at the Higher Technical School in Delft. However, he did not find it suitable, so he moved to the Department of Eastern Languages and Literature and graduated  in de Oostersche Talen from Leiden University. In fact, he was the first Indonesian student who continued his education in the Netherlands.


4. Achmad Soebarjo

A man born on March 23, 1896, Raden Achmad Soebardjo Djojoadisoerjo is one of Indonesia’s most important freedom fighters, a diplomat, and an Indonesian National Hero. Also, He was the first Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs

His education began at Hogere Burger School, Jakarta in 1917. Then, he continued his education at Leiden University, the Netherlands in 1933 and received a Meester in de Rechten diploma (currently, equivalent to a bachelor of law).



5. Soemitro Djojohadikusumo

Prof. Dr. Soemitro Djojohadikoesoemo, born on May 29, 1917, is an Indonesian economist and politician. As one of the most prominent Indonesian economists during his time, Soemitro served as Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister of Finance, and Minister of Research during both the Old and New Order eras. He was also the Dean of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Indonesia from 1951 to 1957.

He started his education at the Europeesche Lagere School (elementary school equivalent), recently the Opleiding School Voor Inlandsche Ambtenaren in Banyumas.

In 1935, Soemitro took his studies to the Higher School of Economics (Nederlandsche Economische Hogeschool) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He also studied philosophy and history at the University of Paris for a year, between 1937 and 1938 after he received his degree from Rotterdam. During his studies, he joined an Indonesian student organization dedicated to presenting Indonesian art and culture.


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