KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Seventy-eight per cent out of all international students studying in Malaysia in 2014, are from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries.
Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said, according to Education Malaysia Global Services, overall more than 116,000 international students from over 160 countries were studying in Malaysia’s public and private universities as well as international schools.
“The statistic shows that Malaysia has become a trusted and respected centre of higher education in the international system.
“We are one of the leaders in education in the Southeast Asian region, and a top choice for higher education by students from OIC countries,” he said in his speech at the 3rd OIC Higher Education Conference at Putra World Trade Centre, here yesterday.
Also present were, the Chairman of OIC World BIZ and Muslim World BIZ and Chief Executive Officer of OIC International Business Centre, Datuk Dr Raja Mohamad Abdullah, Baling Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Abd Azeez Abd Rahim and Open University Malaysia (OUM) President, Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Anuwar Ali.
He said international students were aware that in Malaysia they would receive quality education and accreditation, that fees were reasonable and affodable, enjoy low of cost of living, and a high level of comfort.
Malaysia had raised the bar on the access and quality of education that both Malaysians and international students could benefit, he said.
This transformation had been guided by Malaysia’s National Higher Education Strategic Plan (2007-Beyond 2020) and soon to be improved Malaysian Higher Education Blueprint which would be launched next year.
Meanwhile, the two-day 3rd OIC Higher Education Conference starting yesterday is held to share ideas on how higher education institutions in the Muslim World could work better with business, government and wider society at large to enable OIC member countries to remain competitive, innovative and strategically agile during the period of immense economic uncertainty.