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In Indonesia, they are heavily dependent on math and science-based however, young people's interest in the said subjects is lacking dramatically. Following this, Dr. Yohanes Surya, a physicist who encourages a generation of students to excel in science and math, and pursue professions drawing on these skills to help Indonesia progress as a nation. In the same manner, one of the greatest predicaments for the Philippine educational system is the same lacking interests and excellence of Filipino students in Math and Science. This was clearly manifested in the report of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2018 which showed Filipino students ranking the lowest among 79 countries in mathematics, science, and reading.

Furthermore, Dr. Surya's creative methodology and boundless leadership created an organization, a research institute, and a university, all focused on elevating Indonesia's youth as scientists, mathematicians, discoverers, and leaders. Hence, this model of learning may also be applied in the Philippine education system as an anchor of professional and human development.



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  • Dr. Yohanes Surya (Founder of Surya Institute)

    Dr. Yohanes Surya

    Founder of Surya Institute

    Dr. Yohanes Surya began to train the Indonesian Physics Olympiad Team (TOFI) in 1993 and since then, every year, Indonesia’s team achieves formidable results in both the Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) and the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO). Throughout his experience in training TOFI, he discovered weaknesses in the teaching of Physics and Math in Indonesia, resulting in a longer training period needed for TOFI. Not only were the students’ science and math competencies lacking in substance but there were many misconceptions. Besides lacking in knowledge, most students also do not have strong analytical nor logical thinking skills. Learning Science and Math in Indonesia is tensed, boring and difficult because it still focuses on rote learning and formulas rather than concept exploration/discovery learning, problem solving and development of thinking skills.

    With the teaching and training methods he has developed, Prof. Surya has successfully trained students from small areas in Indonesia and from simple backgrounds to excel and win in prestigious international science competitions.

    These experiences have brought him to establish Surya Institute in order to spread the learning spirit and method to students across Indonesia. Our slogan is Fun and Easy Science and Math learning. Besides being fun and easy, we make sure that the learning process is meaningful for students so that what they learn will become life skills and prepare them to excel in the workforce.

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