"We are formulating a regulation on e-learning, and the ministerial regulation will mention the implementation of the online lecturing program," Nasir said, on the sidelines of a discussion with Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and 4,000 students in the city.
The government, he stressed, has targeted to start the e-learning program in mid-2018 and encouraged higher-learning institutions to become a cyber university.
"This year, we will build the system and infrastructure, and in the 2019-2020 academic year, we can start operations," he added.
For its initial stage, the government has started pilot projects in some higher-learning institutions, including in the Polytechnic of Surabaya and Bina Nusantara University in Yogyakarta.
"Some 50 universities are keen to develop a cyber university," he remarked.
The move is expected to improve the quality of higher learning institutions in Indonesia, of both private and state-run universities, which currently are still lagging the neighboring countries, Nasir noted.
"Indonesia is facing the problem of human resource quality. One solution for this is to improve the quality of education," he affirmed.