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Malaysia As Centre of Education

July 11, 2013 | National News

GONE were the days when parents sit and worry about saving enough to provide their children with an education overseas.

A huge number of Malaysian institutions have spread their wings far and wide to incorporate academic qualifications from established universities all over the world through collaborative programmes.

Some of those foreign institutions have also set up their campuses locally, providing accredited international qualifications with a Malaysian experience.

This visibly positions Malaysia as a well-established regional hub in the global education network while providing Malaysians and international students the opportunity to study at renowned global institutions at a lower cost.

This aspiration has led to the launch of [email protected] Malaysia, marking a significant milestone for the Education National Key Economic Area (Education NKEA).

The Education NKEA focuses on four prioritised segments, namely early childcare and education; basic education (primary and secondary); technical education and vocational training; and tertiary education (both domestic and international students).

On the tertiary education front, Malaysia aims to be the sixth largest education exporting country by 2020 with 200,000 international students studying here.

"This is achievable, considering that we surpassed our target in 2011, just a year after the implementation of this NKEA. We targeted to have 85,000 international students studying in Malaysia in 2011 but the records showed 93,300. Last year, the numbers increased to more than 97,400 students. We aim to have 150,000 by 2015 and 200,000 by 2020," said Education NKEA director Tengku Azian Tengku Shahriman.

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