“ But wouldn’t it be better if international graduates also come home? They are also capable, dedicated people with high integrity who will be valuable additions to our human capital.”
I’d say work and contribute where they have the most impact. If they can work, contribute and grow the most in US, then they should do it — if they have the opportunity. If they can grow more in Indonesia, then sure, go home.
I just regret seeing how some international students with their specialized skills and education decide to go back home with their ideals and only to find that Indonesia is not ready for them because the opportunity/infrastructure/system is not available yet, and regret their decision after the fact. That would be a waste of talent, don’t you think?