BESUT, Feb 21 – Malaysia’s higher education is now on par with those of developed nations including the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia, said Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh. He said this was proven by the fact that 135,000 foreign students made up 10 per cent of students at national higher educational institutions in the country.
“Now, foreign students are confident of studying in Malaysia compared to previously, more so with the strong economic development and the stable and well-administered government in the country,” he told reporters in Jerteh here, today. He said Malaysia was now the ninth most popular destination for foreign students in various fields including engineering, agriculture and Information and Communication technology.
Idris said Universiti Malaya was now in 151st position (up from 167) in the list of 400 top institutions in the world in the 2014 QS World Ranking of prestigious universities. London-basedQS Quacquarelli Symonds is an organisation which evaluates the universities of the world via academic reputation measurement, employer’s reputation, student-faculty ratio, research paper of every faculty, citations per paper, internationalisation and student exchange programme.
In addition, four other Malaysian institutions whose positions have improved compared to last year were Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 259th place (compared to 269 in 2013), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 294th spot (355), a drastic rise of 61 steps compared to last year. Universiti Sains Malaysia is in 309th position and Universiti Putra Malaysia in 376th spot.
According to Idris, among the countries which had started to send their students to study in Malaysia included Australia and China. In this regard, he urged the public not to be influenced by the slander hurled by opposition leaders who liked to tarnish the government by saying the educational system in the country is still backwards.