Malaysia woos Mideast students with education seminar

DUBAI — Malaysia is all set to attract large number of Middle East students to pursue undergardaute and gradaute programmes in higher education institutions, hoping to increase its current 10,000 Middle East student numbers to 20,000 by 2005, disclosed Shushilil Azam bin Shuib, Director/Consular of Education at the Malaysian Consulate in Dubai during the 'Education Opportunities in Malaysia' exhibition and seminar held in Dubai yesterday.

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Published: Fri 24 Dec 2004, 11:55 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:34 PM

He said, the number of students from the UAE is currently around 50, but Oman, Libya, Yemen and Saudi Arabia is their big market. However, students from the region is expected to increase following 'Black September' (9/11) and also because Malaysian education is more competitive compared to institutions in the West, safe country, and Islamic culture and traditions, which is making it a preferred destination, he said.

Shuib pointed out that promotion of Malaysian education in the region, particularly in the Gulf is very recent. As a result awareness level of study in Malaysia is not very high. "But, efforts are being made to incraese awareness about our higher education system which only looks at attracting quality students. The current exhibition is an effort in this direction", said Shuib, pointing out that in addition to holding education fairs, the government has undertaken various tasks to make Malaysian educational system in par with other developed countries and to make the system more attractive to foreign students.

In this regard, Malaysian government has established the National Accreditation Board to monitor and to ensure that the private higher educational institutions offer world standard and high quality education that are internationally recognised to its students.

Nishat Siddiqui, Manager Business Relations, EdAsia, co-organiser of the two-day exhibition in Dubai which concluded yesterday said, about six leading Malaysian institutions are participating this year, in addition to several other institutions represented through their representative offices in the region. A large number of students, both locals and expatriates are showing interest in pursuing higher education in malaysia, particularly, for the twinning programme which offers two years of undergraduate degree programme study on a Malaysian campus and remaining on its principal campus overseas.

She explained the twinning degree programme proves economical for those interested in seeking a US, UK, and Canadian degrees. Lot of interest is also being sought into IT and engineering sectors, she said, pointing out that several institutions offering these programmes in Malaysia are on par with any institution of the West.

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