Malaysia exceeding 2014 recruitment targets

27 May, 2014

Malaysia received 12,850 applications from international students to study at private higher education institutions in the first quarter of 2014, according to data released by Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS).

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Second Education Minister, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, said that 11,336 applications were approved, which translated into 31 per cent of the target of 36,000 new international students for 2014.

“Malaysia remains a favourable education destination for international students. The ministry, together with EMGS, continues to enhance efforts, both in marketing and operations, to attract more international students,” said Idris in a statement issued through EMGS and quoted in the official portal of the National News Agency.

EMGS was established in 2012 to market Malaysia as a study abroad destination and to manage student services including visa applications. Idris said that through EMGS data monitoring, Malaysia was able to track institutions that “habitually” offer places to unqualified candidates and take actions against such institutions. As a result, he said, the number of irregular applications had declined and only three per cent of applications in 2013 were declined.

According to the Immigration Department, there were 117,833 international students in Malaysia in December 2013, with 140 different nationalities represented.

The depreciation of the Malaysian ringgit in the first quarter of 2014, reaching a low of 2.98 against the US dollar compared with 3.29 this time last year, has been cited as a factor driving the surge in enrolments.

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