Malaysia’s Ministry of Education released a national ‘blueprint’ of higher education last week, which will aim to transform the country’s higher education sector, and enable it to compete on a global scale.
The Malaysian government says it is on track to meet its goal of attracting 200,000 international students annually by 2020 as it implements new measures to raise English language levels in tertiary education. Earlier this month, Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that all university students will be required to pass English language in order to graduate from university.
The Malaysian government has launched a new identity card for international students in a bid to better ensure that incoming students are genuine and high quality. The first student I-Kads, which form part of a wider crackdown on illegal immigration, were issued on July 1.
Transnational student enrolments do not dent more “traditional” international student flows, according to think tank OBHE. A report it commissioned has found that UK exports of transnational education (TNE) to top host countries has not affected international students headed to institutions in the UK. The survey assesses market activity in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and China.
The Malaysian government has launched a raft of new initiatives to encourage investment in its international schools market as part of a recent review of the country’s Economic Transformation Programme. Plans include foreign branch campuses and public private partnerships.
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.