Malaysia 11th Most Sought After Country By International Students
GEORGE TOWN, Aug 18 – Malaysia is the 11th most sought after country for tertiary education among international students, said Private Higher Education Institutions deputy director-general Datin Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir.
She said Malaysia now accounts for two per cent of the international student population around the world.
“Until June 2011, the number of international students in Malaysia has exceeded 90,000 people and the Higher Education Ministry targets 200,000 international students by 2020,” she said in a speech during a function with Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung and northern region
private universities, here today.
Siti Hamisah’s speech text was read by Private Higher Education Institutions Governance Division director Dr Mohd Ali Abdul Rahman.
She said the increasing number of international students in the country was supported by the higher education liberalisation policy which provides a 100 per cent foreign equity by 2015.
Siti Hamisah said the major disciplines which provide Malaysia’s strength in higher education are Hospitality and Tourism, Health Services, Islamic Finance and Business, as well as Advance Engineering and Science and Innovation programmes.
She said in order to achieve a high-income nation status, the country needs support from private higher education institutions in producing highly skilled human capital.
Currently, access to higher education in the country for cohorts aged between 17 and 23 tahun was 40 per cent and is expected to increase to 60 per cent within five to 10 years, she said.
“Therefore, it is undeniable that the private higher education National Key Economic Area is among the main movers for the country’s economic development.
“This is in line with the Performance Management & Delivery Unit’s (Pemandu) view that the higher education sector will contribute between RM34 billion and RM61 billion to the Gross National Income by 2020,” she added.