More than 90,000 foreign students studying in Malaysia
Posted on July 23, 2012, Monday
SANDAKAN: With over 90,000 international students from over 100 nations studying in Malaysia, the country is the world’s 11th largest exporter of educational services, according to Youth and Sport Minister Datuk Peter Pang En Yin.
Peter said Malaysia is fast becoming “an educational hub for excellence in the Asian region” because its tertiary education sector has grown exponentially in the past decade.
“The vision of the government is to create a higher education environment that fosters the development of academic and institutional excellence in order for Malaysia to secure its position as a global education hub,” said Peter at the opening ceremony of the Yu Yuan Secondary School Education Fair here, yesterday.
Citing examples, he said schools from Australia and the United Kingdom (UK) were setting up branches in Malaysia in the past 10 years, and this reflects Malaysia’s growing educational domain.
“The country today is the world’s 11th largest exporter of educational services with over 90,000 international students from over 100 nations studying in schools, colleges, university colleges and universities in the country,” he said.
Meanwhile, Peter said the fact that 90 per cent of students from Yu Yuan continuing their higher education is very encouraging.
“It shows that Malaysia is progressing as a country in education,” he said.
The Yu Yuan Education Fair featured 20 schools and agencies from Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore.