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YB Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh

Minister of Higher Education

Guided by the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education), Malaysia is committed to providing the best and the highest quality of higher education to its students. The government has introduced several initiatives to produce holistic graduates with balanced traits and an edge in entrepreneurship as part of this strategic plan. Our goal is ensure that we produce graduates who don’t only excel academically, but who are outstanding in a multitude of skills as well as morally and ethically grounded.

Among the initiatives that have already been implemented include: iCGPA (Integrated Cumulative Grade Point Average). The iCGPA is a new assessment method that is more holistic and comprehensive. It assesses students across eight specific domains which are knowledge, practical skills, social skills and responsibility, ethics and values, communication, problem solving, information management, and entrepreneurship. Assessment is done not just through written examinations, but a myriad of activities that empower students in different ways. The iCGPA is the first of its kind in the world.

Other initiatives include the CEO@Faculty programme which promotes public-private sector collaboration by bringing CEOs into universities as adjunct professors; and 2u2i, a work-based learning programme where students learn for two years at a university and work two years to gain experience in an industry – more information is available at our website

I believe our higher education system is on an upwards trajectory, particularly in terms of performance and ranking. In the recent QS World University Rankings 2018, nine Malaysian universities were included in the ranking with Universiti Malaya coming out tops at 114. In ASEAN, Malaysia is home to five of the top eight universities, while according to the QS Subject Ranking, 11 subjects offered by our higher education institutions are ranked top 50 in the world (with engineering being a field of repute).

Complementing the government’s efforts in promoting higher education to students in Malaysia and abroad is the Education Guide Malaysia (15th edition 2017/2018) published by Challenger Concept. Particularly useful to students is the web-portal – it is an indispensable tool that helps students find a career and course that is the right fit for them.

We wish all students the very best in the pursuit of their higher education.

Thank you.
Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh

Source: Study in Malaysia Handbook 7th Edition
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