BESUT, Feb 21, 2015:
Malaysia’s higher education is now on a par with those of developed nations, including Britain, Germany and Australia, said Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.
He said this was proven by the fact that 135,000 foreign students made up 10% of students at national institutions of higher learning in the country.
“Now, foreign students are confident of studying in Malaysia compared with 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-based QS Quacquarelli Symonds is an organisation which evaluates the universities of the world via academic reputation measurement, employer’s reputation, student-faculty ratio, research papers of every faculty, citations per paper, internationalisation and student exchange programme.
In addition, four other Malaysian institutions whose positions have improved compared with 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 with last year).
Universiti Sains Malaysia is in the 309th position and Universiti Putra Malaysia in the 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 was still backwards.