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MALAYSIA LAUNCHES WEBSITE ON EDUCATION

The Star, 29 December 1998

By Mariana Tan

KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - Malaysian education received a global promotional boost today withthe launching of a “Study Malaysia Online” website, a one-stop electronic directory of local higher-education institutions. The bilingual website (http://www.studymalaysia.com) features a course directory, college/university profiles and scholarship information.

It also allows potential students to check the status of their enrolment application from anywhere in the world, and for graduates to post their curriculum vitae/resume on the Internet. The website, developed by Challenger Concept (M) Sdn Bhd, was launched today by Education Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, who also launched its fifth edition of Education Guide Malaysia.

Challenger Concept Academic Advisory Board chairman Datuk Yahaya Ibrahim later presented 1,500 guidebooks to Najib for distribution to secondary schools. Guidebooks will also be distributed to government departments, agencies and Malaysian embassies overseas. In his speech, Najib said these tools had the potential to contribute greatly towards the growth of Malaysian higher education, especially in terms of wooing foreign students.

Other measures to promote Malaysian education overseas, he said, included roadshows next year to Thailand and China. “The ministry will kick off these roadshows with participation from higher education institutions, but after the first year, the private institutions are expected to organise these on their own,” he said.

The ministry, Najib said, would also be finalising with the Immigration Department details of the new procedure allowing institutions to apply for foreign student passes, due to take effect onjan 2.He added that these measures were collectively aimed at increasing the number of foreign students in Malaysia and making the figure more than Malaysian students overseas.

As of October, there were 11,733 foreign students studying in 12 institutions of higher learning here, compared to 5,635 students in 1996.Najib also reminded private colleges and institutions to stick to the truth when advertising their courses and facilities, and not give misleading information about their services.

“This includes not advertising courses or programmes which have not yet received approval from the Ministry,” he said, adding that institutions found guilty of such offences faced action under the Private Higher Education Act. “We will take action as they jeopardise not only their own credibility but also the country’s efforts to develop as a centre for educational excellence.”