Government Aims to Attract 200,000 International Students by 2020

06.10.2011 updated by admin
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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 — Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced today that the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) aims to attract at least 200,000 international students to education institutions in Malaysia by 2020.

He said that the increase in foreign student numbers would be worth an estimated RM600 billion to the economy.
“Through co-operation with established and renowned institutions abroad, the government intends to make the education sector an economic endeavour by attracting more foreign students,” he said during his speech at the Education Nation Conference 2011 here at the Royale Chulan Hotel.
Malaysia has achieved a world ranking of 11th in terms of total international student population from around the world.
This was due to the burgeoning international student population in Malaysia, which has risen above 90,000, or the equivalent of around two per cent of the total international student population in the world as of June this year.
Based on the statistical breakdown provided by the MOHE website, the top five countries from which the
majority of students were derived in 2009 were Iran, Indonesia, China, Nigeria and Yemen.
“Malaysia’s strategic regional position forms a melting pot of confluence that allows cross-fertilisation of ideas, cultures and civilisation dialogism,” Muhyiddin said.
The rise in the overseas student population in Malaysia is also attributed to the higher education liberalisation policy which aims to provide 100 per cent foreign equity by 2015.
Source: The Malaysian Insider, by Melissa Chi