Malaysia seeks Mideast students

DUBAI - The Malaysian Education Promotion Centre (MEPC), which is set to open in Dubai next month, is targeting a notable increase in the number of students from the Middle East region to join Malaysian universities and colleges, according to Shushilil Azam Shuib, Director of MEPC.

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Published: Tue 17 Feb 2004, 12:23 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:44 PM

"Last year, our universities and colleges received around 2,600 students from this region, and our office in Dubai is prepared to increase this number by organising various events for student," he said.

The MEPC, which will be the first of its kind in the region to promote Malaysian education in the region, will provide students with comprehensive information on Malaysian education and help them choose the right college and university according to their qualifications and field of study.

"Malaysia can provide quality education at a competitive rate. We also know our capability in providing international standard education," Mr Shuib said.

Highlighting the reasons for studying in Malaysia, he pointed out that in addition to high quality education, it offered competitive course fees, extensive selection of courses, wide range of study options, affordable living expenses, and an economically-sound and socially safe country.

Among the participating Malaysian universities and colleges in the 'Education in Malaysia' seminar and 'Best of Malaysia Expo in Dubai' exhibition at the Dubai World Trade Centre include the Rima Group of Colleges, The One Academy, College Cybernetics, University College of Sedaya International (UCSI), International University College of Technology Twintech, University Institute Teknologi Mara (UITM) and Kustem.

Dr Hapidah Mohammed, Head of International Relations Unit - Department of Private Education, Ministry of Education in Malaysia, told Khaleej Times that the seminar is an eye-opener to what is in store for foreign students studying in Malaysia.

"The response of students as well as parents in the UAE as well as in the AGCC region has been tremendous, and we view Dubai as a launching pad for our promotion of Malaysian education in the Middle East. We hope to welcome more students from the Middle East, particularly the UAE national students," she said.

Mulyadi Harun, Assistant Manager (Marketing) at International University College of Technology Twintech, said that it currently has 3,800 students and about two per cent of the student population makes up the foreign students.

"We are targeting a 20 per cent foreign student population to our programmes, particularly in the field of computers and architecture," he said.

Meanwhile, the 'Best of Malaysia Expo in Dubai' exhibition which began on February 14, is concluding today.

The exhibitors comprise high-ranking reputable Malaysian industries that offer high quality goods and services.



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