Recent Development of International Higher Education in Malaysia

The Government of Malaysia has set ambitious – but achievable – aspirations to transform its higher education system. In 2015, the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education released a 10-year strategy plan, the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025. The document outlined the strategy for three main aspects: Talent ­– Higher education is to nurture domestic talent and to be of a quality that attracts international students from the region; Benchmarking to global standards – Malaysia’s goal is to be in the top one-third of nations in the world for education and to increase the number of its universities in world rankings; and Balance – Malaysia’s university graduates are to be equipped not only with skills and knowledge but a moral, “spiritual” context in which to put them to use. These aspirations constitute two aspects: those for the education system as a whole and those for individual students. Strong emphasis has been made in one of the 10 shifts on Global Prominence to improve the internationalisation of higher education in Malaysia such as establishing Malaysia as a regional hub for education, the TNE implementation, international student enrolment, increasing the outbound mobility of local students and increasing international academic and research collaboration. The aspiration is to redesign a higher education system that ranks among the world’s leading higher education systems that enable Malaysia to compete globally.