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Malaysian universities should aim for 200,000 foreign students by 2020

Published by Afterschool.my on Sep 22, 2015, 01:24 pm

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak urges Malaysian universities to attract 200,000 international students by 2020.

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In the speech read by Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh at the 9th National Academic Awards (NAA) last night, Datuk Seri Najib said Malaysia should aim for a higher pool of foreign students as they could contribute an estimated RM15 billion to the national economy. He added that expenditure on annual tuition fees alone reached about RM46,000 in addition to an estimate RM88,000 on family visits.

According to him, the number of students have increased by more than 100% as compared to the last eight years. There were 45,000 international students in Malaysia in 2007 and this number has increased to the present 106,000 students. Datuk Seri Najib believes that this number will continue to rise to 110,000 by the end of this year.

Also present at the event last night were Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching, Higher Education Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Ir Dr Zaini Ujang and Higher Education Director-General Datuk Professor Dr Asma Ismail. Eight academicians were honoured for their contributions to the higher education sector and the country's progress. This included awards for teaching and journal publication.

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