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i-PUTRA at the “Way forward for Internationalisation Workshop”

Malaysia is fast becoming the choice destination for foreign students seeking higher education. There are currently more than 120,000 foreign students at institutions of higher learning here, and the number is expected to reach 200,000 by 2020. Among the reasons for this popularity are value for money, the wide range of courses available, and a safe environment.

To improve our services and prepare for issues/problems in the future, the Ministry of Education Malaysia organised the “Way forward for Internationalisation Workshop” on 13 September 2019. This workshop was organised to discuss and share ideas on six main topics, namely, students’ experience, policies, promotional & strategic strategies, facilities, support system and also internationalisation initiatives. The workshop was attended by both private and public universities in Malaysia, including the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM),  UCSI University, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), and Taylor’s University, among others.

Malaysia is fast becoming the choice destination for foreign students seeking higher education. There are currently more than 120,000 foreign students at institutions of higher learning here, and the number is expected to reach 200,000 by 2020. Among the reasons for this popularity are value for money, the wide range of courses available, and a safe environment.

To improve our services and prepare for issues/problems in the future, the Ministry of Education Malaysia organised the “Way forward for Internationalisation Workshop” on 13 September 2019. This workshop was organised to discuss and share ideas on six main topics, namely, students’ experience, policies, promotional & strategic strategies, facilities, support system and also internationalisation initiatives. The workshop was attended by both private and public universities in Malaysia, including the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM),  UCSI University, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), and Taylor’s University, among others.

 

Image: Group photo with YBhg. Datuk Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Binti Tapsir, The Director of Department of Higher Learning Malaysia.

 

The workshop’s welcoming remarks were given by YBhg. Professor Dr. Rahmah H. Osman. The workshop was fully conducted by Dr. Nur Aida Kipli from the Education Division Malaysia in a world café style, which provided a warm and welcoming environment in which participants were able to exchange ideas and perspectives on various topics through several rounds of small-group conversations.

Image: 'Way forward for Internationalisation Workshop' in session

 

Each group was facilitated by a designated person in charge, such as Mr. Roland Chan from UCSI, Dr. Hjh. Zainab Mohd Noor from UiTM, Mr. Sheikh Fahmy Sheikh Mohamed of Taylor’s University, Dr. Syaheerah Lebai Lufti from USM, Professor Perry Hobson from Sunway University and Mr. Harfiz Rasul from UKM. UPM’s representatives at the workshop were Mr. Abdul Razif Abdul Razak from the Visa and Pass Section, Ms. Ida Suhaila Md Tahir from Global Engagement, and Ms Nadia Zawani Hussin from the Mobility Section, who all had the opportunity to share their experience and ideas on the way forward for internationalisation. 

Image: Prof. Perry Hobson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement of Sunway University presenting on the  topic of Support System.

 

Throughout the workshop, participants highlighted major occurrences and problems they have had with international student affairs and also shared positive ideas and solutions.  It is hoped that findings from the workshop will help give input to the Ministry of Education and to the local universities on how to improve our services in order to make Malaysia the region's educational hub and destination of choice for higher education.

 
Prepared by: Nadia Zawani Hussin
Edited by: Noritah Omar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of Input: 02/10/2019 | Updated: 06/07/2020 | sitiafiqah

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