Evi Mulyani, Ministry of Education and Culture: The Spirit of Collaboration

PRINDONESIA.CO | Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Banyak yang tidak tahu, Evi merupakan “anggota keluarga baru” Kemendikbud. Sebelumnya, ia mengarungi sepanjang kariernya di Kemenkeu.
Roni/PR Indonesia

Talking with Evi Mulyani, Head of the Cooperation and Public Relations Bureau of the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) RI was like talking to an old friend. In fact, we only knew her during the pandemic and we talked to her only by phone and never physically met. 

JAKARTA, PRINDONESIA.CO –That night on Tuesday (8/811/2020), we conducted interviews — or more precisely having a conversation— by telephone. It was from this conversation that we understood the dynamics of the Ministry of Education and Culture, especially in the Bureau which she led, carrying out extraordinary colorful and fast activities, when led by Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim, or often called Mas Minister, founder of the decacorn company, Gojek. 

In fact, many people do not know, that Evi is also a “new family member” of the Ministry of Education and Culture. This woman, who was born and raised in Bandung, West Java, joined the Ministry of Education and Culture at the end of 2019. Since 2000, the MBA graduate from Nagoya University, Japan has spent her career in the Ministry of Finance (Kemenkeu). 

Evi also does not have a Communication Science or public relations (PR) background. Her experience of interacting with many foreign investors while at the Ministry of Finance brings forth her interest and love for the world of education. Until finally, Evi was encouraged to move and follow the open bidding process at the Ministry of Education and Culture. 

To Ratna Kartika from PR INDONESIA, Evi shared her experiences and hopes for government public relations as well as education and culture in the country. 

Finally, there is free time for us to talk. How are you? 

Praise be to God, I’m good and healthy. 

It seems like you are very busy today. (Initially, the interview agenda with PR INDONESIA was scheduled for 1 pm. However, it finally took place at 9 pm). 

Yes, I'm sorry. I had a meeting all day. This pandemic is amazingly changing our habits. We are encouraged to adapt to technology more quickly. Daily activities become much more productive. Because they are no longer constrained by physical movements, meetings can be held virtually anytime and anywhere. Like today.   

Education is one of the sectors most affected by the pandemic. There are many policies and information that have developed and must be conveyed to the public. What is the support and role of the Public Relations and Cooperation Bureau? 

It is extraordinary. The Ministry of Education and Culture was one of the first ministries to make adjustments and established a home learning policy, before other sectors. We took this step for the safety and health of all education personnel, including students as the nation's next generation. 

In addition, we also decided to eliminate the National Examination, which was only going to be held next year.