New 120,000-foreign student target for universities

GEORGE TOWN (Malaysia): The target of 80,000 foreign students in Malaysian higher learning institutions has been met, so the Higher Education Ministry has set a higher target – 120,000.

The figure is expected to be achieved by 2015, Deputy Higher Education Minister Dr Hou Kok Chung declared.

He said the ministry achieved the 80,000-foreign student target in March, nine months before the deadline.

“The target was to enrol 80,000 foreign students by 2010 and we achieved this in March.

“The top three countries where the students came from were China, Iran and Indonesia.

“Most of them were undergraduates,” he told reporters after a book launch.

The 80,000-foreign student goal was set in mid-June 2008 as one of the 22 key performance indicators specified in the ministry’s transformation plan.

Dr Hou said information technology was among the top subjects drawing foreign students to the country.

“Achieving our target early is a good sign that we can hit our next goal of 120,000,” he added.

The Star, April 2010

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