KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 – The Education Ministry is aiming to attract 200,000 international students to study in local institutions of higher learning by the year 2020. Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said to attract foreign students, the ministry would participate in education fairs overseas. “There are nearly 100,000 international students pursuing their higher education in the country.
“We have achieved 50 per cent of our target and the number is increasing. In order to hit the target, the ministry will actively participate in international education fairs to attract international students,” he said after opening the Facon Education Fair 2014 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) here yesterday.
Malaysia is currently ranked the world’s 11th most preferred study destination which accounts for two per cent of the international student population around the world. Kamalanathan said this year the Facon Education Fair saw huge participation from Japan with representatives from 32 universities, eight language institutions, two educational centres and a professional training college.
The two-day fair which kicked off yesterday will move to Alor Star on Dec 2 at the Holiday Villa Hotel; Penang on Dec 3 at the Hotel Jen Penang; Ipoh on Dec 4 at the Kinta Riverfront Hotel & Suites; Malacca on Dec 5 at the Equatorial Hotel; and Johor Baru on Dec 20 and 21 at Persada Convention Centre.
The fair, endorsed by the Education Ministry, featured both local and international institutions of higher learning with more than 400 booths and 1,000 exhibitors. A scholarship information booth will also be set up at the Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru venues.