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Malaysia Wants International Students - Idris Jusoh

Last update: 20/03/2017
PUTRAJAYA, March 20 (Bernama) -- Malaysia wants to grab the chance to draw more international students who are not pursuing their studies in the United States (US) to come here, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

He said a survey conducted in February of six groups of education institutions in the US found that almost 40 percent of universities and colleges saw a drop in applications from international students.

According to the survey, among the factors contributing to this drop were the visa requirements and the perception of a 'less-welcoming climate' in that country.

"Malaysia offers quality education and competitive fees which can attract more international students.

"This is a good opportunity for our country to attract students who are not going to the US (to study) and make Malaysia an education hub in the region," Idris said in a press conference held after the ministry's monthly gathering here today.

Idris also expressed his joy at the success of 11 subjects in four local universities which had been listed among the top 50 in the world, compared to only three last year.

He said Universiti Malaya (UM) recorded the most number of subjects (five) in this list, followed by Universiti Sains Malaysia (four), Taylor's University and International Islamic University (one each).

Idris also said that since February, a total of 3,403 tertiary students had registered their businesses with the Companies Commission through the 1Student 1Business Scheme since it was launched on Jan 1 this year.

"This is a positive indicator for the government's initiative to encourage more start-ups among higher education youths and this number is expected to increase by the end of this year," he said.