Study Overseas: Success Stories of 5 Indonesian Famous Ministers


1.Sri Mulyani Indrawati 

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who currently holds the position of Minister of Finance of Indonesia, is a woman who originally comes from Kebumen, Central Java. She was educated at the University of Indonesia in 1986, then continuing her studies in economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992 to receive her Master’s and Doctorate degrees.


2. Nadiem Anwar Makarim

Nadiem Anwar Makarim, is an Indonesian entrepreneur who currently positions as Indonesia’s Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology since April 28, 2020. He has a diverse background with his father being of Arab-Minang descent, while his mother is of mixed Arab-Javanese-Madura descent.

Nadiem spent his primary to high school education moving from Jakarta to Singapore. In 2002, he majored in International Relations at Brown University in the United States. He also participated in a student exchange at the London School of Economics. After completed his undergraduate degree in 2006, three years later, Nadiem went to graduate school to studied a Master of Business Administration degree at Harvard Business School.


3. Prabowo Subianto

Prabowo Subianto Djojohadikusumo is an Indonesian politician, businessman, and high-ranking military officer of Banyumasan Javanese descent, as his father’s family hails from Kebumen and Banyumas. He also serves as Indonesia’s Minister of Defense.

Born in Jakarta, Prabowo’s childhood was spent living abroad with his parents. Having this experience, Prabowo is fluent in Indonesian, French, German, English, and Dutch. he is also known to have completed his secondary studies at Victoria Institution in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Zurich International School in Zurich, Switzerland; and The American School in London, England.


4. Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi

Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi is a well-educated and successful career woman. She is now an Indonesian diplomat who serves as Minister of Foreign Affairs. As the only woman in Indonesian history, she has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs since October 27, 2014.

Born in Semarang, Central Java, she studied at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. Before continuing her Master of Law degree in 1985 in the European Union, specifically at Haagse Hogeschool, the Netherlands.


5. Sandiaga Salahudin Uno


The man named Sandiaga Salahudin Uno who has recently served as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy was born in Rumbai, Pekanbaru, Riau on June 28, 1969.


He is well known as a smart person, this is proved when he studied at Wichita State University in Kansas, America, he graduated with predicate Summa Cum Laude. After that, he start to work at Bank Summa. Because of his good work performance, he accepted a scholarship at George Washington University in the United States to get a Master of Business Administration degree.

So, those are the 5 ministers who have studied in a foreign country. May these figures and their experiences be the inspiration for you to achieve your goals. Good Luck!

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