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What’s the ‘social glue’ behind Malaysia’s international education hub vision?

AvantiKumar | Oct. 3, 2017
Malaysia’s Ministry or Higher Learning wants to boost the nation’s appeal as a value driven education provider.

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Photo - Datuk Dr. Mary Yap Kain Ching (second from right) sharing a light moment with the international students from private and public universities in the ISSC 2017 at MMU Cyberjaya. Also present -  Prof. Datuk Dr. Ahmad Rafi Mohamed Eshaq (third from right) and Assoc Prof. Dr. Sopian Bujang (right).


  A new effort to show Malaysia as an international education hub is in tune with the national Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education), according to the Ministry or Higher Learning (MOHE).

In Cyberjaya recently, the deputy minister of Higher Education, Datuk Dr. Mary Yap Kain Ching, described the new focus as "a different outlook, which provides value-driven and globally relevant education."
The intention is to promote a hub that is known globally for "its balance of quality and affordability, good quality of life and rich cultural experiences."

"Ultimately, these efforts will strengthen Malaysia's higher education value proposition, capacity and capabilities in order to enhance the appeal and competitiveness in the region and beyond," Dr Yap said during the International Students Sports Carnival 2017 (ISSC 2017) opening at Ceremony in the Multimedia University (MMU).

She explained that the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) focuses on holistic and balanced graduates.  "The ministry is striving towards producing quality graduates who are equipped with the right academic, right attitudes and soft skills."

'Social glue'

The two-day sports carnival hosted by MMU involved 550 participants from various countries representing 19 local higher learning institutions.

"We hope to produce graduates who will excel tremendously, not only in academic pursuits but also in sports and extra-curricular activities," added Dr Yap. "In our efforts to develop quality human capital for the nation, we are aware that mere academic qualification is not enough."

MMU's president Prof. Datuk Dr. Ahmad Rafi Mohamed Eshaq agreed.  "This is very important because sports has been proven to be very effective 'social glue' which is the enabler for contributing 'bonding' capital by increasing social connectedness and a sense of belonging."

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