Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2008
Surya Institute
This description of Yohanes Surya's work was prepared when Yohanes Surya was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
The development of Indonesia depends heavily on math and science-based professions, but young people’s interest in both subjects is dramatically lacking. Yohanes Surya is a physicist encouraging a generation of students to excel in science and math, and pursue professions drawing on these skills to help Indonesia progress as a nation. He encourages not only students, but teachers, as they hold the key to nurturing the nation’s budding scientists. Ultimately, he seeks to achieve a societal reformation in science/math education; from a feeling of dread of these feared subjects, to an attitude of how science/math is embraced by many/all in their day-to-day activities.
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