Radical groups infiltrating varsities across Indonesia

Country's spy chief cites study showing up to 39% of undergrads have been indoctrinated

Indonesian police show scores of notebooks inscribed with ISIS propaganda seized during a raid on the home of suspected militant during a press conference at police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, on June 30, 2017.
Indonesian police show scores of notebooks inscribed with ISIS propaganda seized during a raid on the home of suspected militant during a press conference at police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, on June 30, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Up to 39 per cent of undergraduates in Indonesia have been indoctrinated with some form of radicalism, with almost a quarter in favour of conducting jihad to establish an Islamic state in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

The latest data from a study by Indonesia's state intelligence agency BIN not only confirms the rise of religious conservative ideas in the country, but also shows that radical groups have infiltrated its institutes of higher education, said spy chief Budi Gunawan last Saturday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 01, 2018, with the headline 'Radical groups infiltrating varsities across Indonesia'. Subscribe