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Malaysia-Indonesia sign 2+2 visa MoU

Malaysia and Indonesia have signed an MoU agreement granting higher education students a two-year visa between the two countries that is renewable every two years. The changes will affect around 5,000 Malaysian students in Indonesia and 14,000 Indonesian students in Malaysia.

Epsom College opens Malaysia campus

British boarding school Epsom College has announced that it will open its first overseas campus at the Kuala Lumpur Education City (KLEC) development in Bandar Enstek, Malaysia this September. ECiM will follow the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) syllabus with all teaching in English.

Study in Malaysia “gateway” launched

A new company backed by the Malaysian government has been set up to act as a "gateway to studying in Malaysia" by processing all student visa applications, ensuring insurance coverage is purchased and providing information on government approved courses.

Malaysia: two-year moratorium on private HE

Malaysia has announced a two year moratorium on new private tertiary institutions with the aim to raise its status as an educational hub. "Highly rated" foreign campuses are exempt from the freeze. Currently there are 414 private colleges in the country - a figure Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin considers too high.

China launches first state-backed branch campus

The first ever university branch campus backed by the Chinese State is to be established in Malaysia, one of Asia's fastest growing education hubs. Xiamen University, a top twenty higher education institution in China, plans to open a five-faculty campus in September 2015. The move reflects the growing trend for Asians to study within their own region.

China-Malaysia recognition increases mobility

Education officials in Malaysia say that an agreement signed with China in 2011 to promote educational ties has resulted in a significant increase in student mobility between the two countries. There are about 10,000 Chinese students in Malaysia which officials hope could grow by 50% to 100%.

Malaysia opens VET to foreign providers

Foreign education providers will be allowed to expand into Malaysia's vocational education sector, the government has announced, as it aims to increase economic growth by 2020 and alleviate major skills shortages. However, international institutions will face challenges to recruit students in the country, given only around 10% of secondary schools age students go into vo­cational and technical streams.