Through the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Malaysia is formulating and refining strategies to internationalise and improve the quality of higher education services.
“According to UNESCO, nearly 2% of the global international students come to Malaysia to pursue higher education. The political stability, dynamic economy and kaleidoscopic cultural landscape make the environment conducive to learning, thus making the sector an important contributor to the economy. In addition to that, the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) has largely contributed towards maintaining the highest standards of education and paving the way for future investments. Our Ministry is targeting 80,000 international students by 2011 and hopes to attract 150,000 international students by 2015,” says Minister of Higher Education, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Bin Nordin.
Plans and Strategies
In its effort to improve the quality of higher education in Malaysia, MOHE has strategically formulated and implemented various initiatives and programmes. These include the National Higher Education Strategic Plan (2007–2020); rating system for universities; liberalisation of foreign equity in private higher education; harmonisation of public and private higher education systems; and the National Higher Education Strategic Plan (NHESP). To inject urgency to this effort, the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), New Economic Model (NEM) and 1Malaysia Concept have also been planned, studied and implemented to achieve the objectives.