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December 20, 2007

ALAYSIA/EDUCATION INDUSTRY
Govt targets 100,000 foreign students by 2010

The Malaysian government is targeting to get 100,000 foreign students to study in Malaysia by 2010.

Higher Education Minister Mustapa Mohamed said Tuesday there were now about 52,000 foreign students in the country. He said an important vision of the National Higher Education Strategic Plan which sets forth the vision to transform the higher education sector in Malaysia from now to 2020 and beyond, was to make Malaysia the regional hub of excellence in education.

Mustapa said the presence of foreign students would not only help bring foreign exchange into Malaysia but more importantly, would add the international dimension to campuses of Malaysia's institutions of higher learning. "This is an important factor, given the fact that the globalised world is already seeing a more open environment and greater mobility among knowledge workers, managers, professionals and specialists between regions of the world," he said at the convocation of International University College of Twintech Technology (IUCTT) here.

His speech was delivered by the deputy director-general, private higher education sector, Dr Mohamed Rashid Navi Bax.


Courtesy Bernama

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