Malaysia is an international education hub offering affordable education and currently has more than 170,000 international students registered at higher learning institutions, said Malaysian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Dato’ Raja Reza bin Raja Zaib Shah.
Malaysia aims to host 250,000 international students by 2025 and hopes the Malaysia Alumni in Brunei will play a role as the ambassador in promoting universities in Malaysia, he said during the association networking dinner at the Tarindak D’Seni Restaurant in the capital yesterday.
The event aimed at providing a platform to build a network among alumni, Malaysian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam and Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS).
CEO of EMGS Mohd Radzlan bin Jalaludin was also present.
“I am happy to have this opportunity to meet and share perspective related to education development in Malaysia and how you can play a major role in strengthening people to people relations between Malaysia and Brunei,” the Malaysian high commissioner added.
He also congratulated EMGS for their success in organising an education fair which saw a large turnout. He believed that the education opportunities offered at the exhibition have high potential to be developed, and hoped the event will continue to be organised in the following years.
Fatimah Sahida binti Haji Abdurajak, alumni of Universiti Malaya in an interview with the Bulletin, said her six-year education journey in Kuala Lumpur was what shaped who she is today. The experiences she gained helped her to grow professionally and personally.
Fellow alumni member, Muhammad Ihsan Na’imullah bin Haji Isa, said the opportunity to study in Malaysia was a valuable experience. Students were exposed to new lifestyles, languages, interesting places and cultures.
The Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Hons) in Mechanical (Automotive) graduate from Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Spanish Institute, in Kulim Kedah also showcased his ability to speak in the state’s slang at the event.
He recalled his time as a student, participating in several industrial training to prepare his transition into the working life while polishing skills and techniques to meet the industry demand.
Off-campus learning also helped him boost his confidence and employment prospects by participating in various leadership and management courses.
The networking event, he said, not only helped strengthen ties, but also provide a platform to share experiences and knowledge.
A stage performance by local artiste Aziz Harun enlivened the event.