Education, Skills & Training

An Expert's View about Educational Support Services in Malaysia

Last updated: 27 May 2011

Malaysia is fast becoming an ‘Educational Hub’ of SE Asia and is one of the four priority markets for British products and services related to education and training worth over £250 million a year.

Sector briefing Education, Skills & Training Opportunities in Malaysia Why Malaysia? Global investors have pin-pointed Malaysia as one of the top markets, according to a report published by UK Trade & Investment and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Within ASEAN, Malaysia is EU?s second largest trading partner, with more than 2,000 EU companies present in Malaysia. Malaysia is fast becoming an ?Educational Hub? of SE Asia and is one of the four priority markets for British products and services related to education and training worth over £250 million a year. The sector has long been key in the UK-Malaysia bilateral relationship. ?Malaysia is fast becoming Currently, about 13,500 Malaysian students are in the UK to further their studies and an an ?Educational Hub? of SE additional 45,000 are either studying for UK Asia... Great importance is degree programmes or undertaking UK being laid on achieving professional qualifications in Malaysia. University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus is higher standards and th now in its 11 year. Newcastle University?s improved quality in Medical School, University of Southampton?s education and skills.? Engineering School, Epsom College and Marlborough College will be opening by 2012. A number of other British universities and schools are also considering opening their branches here. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education, Skills & Training opportunities in Malaysia Around 60 UK tertiary institutions have links or collaborative arrangements with Malaysian counterparts. These attract students from SE Asia, China, Middle East and Africa. Currently, there are about 85,000 foreign students and the Government?s target is to hit 150,000 by 2015. The Tenth Malaysia Plan and Economic Transformation Programme launched in January 2011, reaffirms the New Economic Model and outlines more measures to transform Malaysia into a high-income economy. This, among others, requires training, re-training and upskilling of the workforce. Great importance is being laid on achieving higher standards and improved quality in education and skills to face global challenges. Malaysia?s rapid development, political and social stability, close historical and educational ties, a familiar legal and financial framework and the widespread use of English make this an attractive place for British companies to do business. Plus, it offers a strategic location from which to penetrate other ASEAN markets, and further into India and China. The 4th Asia-Europe Meeting for Ministers of Education (ASEMME) will be held in Malaysia in 2013 to enhance international cooperation in engaging business and industry in education. Find general information on the Malaysian market conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing Business Guide for Malaysia gives an overview of Malaysia?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issue. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education, Skills & Training opportunities in Malaysia ABIM, the State Religious Department and the Opportunities National Unity Department. The three ministries related to education and training are the Ministry of Education, the There is strong focus now on developing Early Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Childhood Care (Permata scheme) and Pre- Human Resources. The sector is on top of the school Education under the new Prime Minister Malaysian Government?s agenda for the 10th - Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Pre-school education Malaysia Plan (2011-2015) and was strongly will be part of the mainstream public school emphasised in the Economic Report with education system by 2012. Over £20 million largest sum of £8 billion for the 2011 budget. have been allocated for this and there are Thus, opportunities are growing and key areas plans to increase childcare centres and pre- are detailed below. schools, and improve teaching and learning in these places. Within the next two years, 87% Over the next five years, there will be more of children are expected to attend pre-school. childcare centres, pre-schools, international and private schools, community colleges, Many of the teachers in the 20,000 over skills/corporate training institutions and foreign childcare centres and pre-schools are being branch campuses. Many of the university encouraged to pursue programmes to upgrade colleges and polytechnics are being upgraded from Diploma to Degree and Masters level. and given full university status. More There are call for joint awarding of institutions are being encouraged by the qualifications, programme/product Government to be involved in R&D and development and staff exchange with foreign innovation activities, and to work closely with institutions. As part of this search, the industries. All these will create demand for National Association of Early Childhood Care educational products and services, and and Education Malaysia (NAECCEM) had a business collaboration. week study visit to UK in November 2010 to look at British expertise, products, services and Four educational hubs are being developed, qualifications available for the sector. Private which includes Iskandar Malaysia?s ?Edu City? childcare and pre-school business, especially in and Kuala Lumpur Education City (KLEC). the urban areas, are fast growing. Formal Education Structure Schools The education and training system includes Public and private funded educational both public and private providers at all levels. institutions co-exist in the education system. It is highly competitive and almost entirely Primary and secondary school education in the examination orientated. They are now public sector is free. There are 14,850 primary considering revising the examination system. and 2,837 secondary schools with 5.48 million A new comprehensive assessment system, students and 400,000 teachers. In addition to which gives more emphasis to continuous this, there are 60 international and 14 evaluation and creativity to nurture a culture of expatriate schools, 32 schools for children with innovation is being implemented through a special educational needs, 85 technical schools pilot project covering 50 schools. and 21 colleges offering matriculation programmes. Children have limited allowance to be creative in the classroom and the Government wants to Under the Ministry of Education?s National change this and allow greater flexibility in Education Blueprint, public school heads would teaching and learning methodology, and in the be trained over 3 to 4 years in Administration use of educational technology. and Leadership Skills to ensure effective and efficient school management. To start, around Early Childhood Care and Pre-School 30,000 head/deputy head teachers of leading Education public schools, under the ?Cluster School Programme?, are being sent on stages to Pre-school education is part of the national institutions overseas. After training, these education system. Children generally begin heads will be given more independence in the their education at pre-schools/kindergartens management of their schools and extra funding from the age of four to six. The main for improving facilities. ?Cluster Schools? are government agencies that offer this education the centres of excellence focusing on niche are the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KEMAS), UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education, Skills & Training opportunities in Malaysia areas, such as music, sports, ICT, science, pathway would be set where TVET institutions language and special education. could offer diploma and higher diploma courses, and ease the students? path to Two policy issues on the role of English in the university. Malaysian education system was debated in 2009 and the current Government have The Skills Development and Training Blueprint decided to revert the teaching of Maths and 2008-2020 provides the direction and Science from English to Malay (native strategies for developing TVET. The blueprint Malaysian language, which is also the national is being supported by a strategic action plan language) by 2012 and improve the teaching for guiding its implementation and requires and learning of English in schools, especially TVET agencies to formulate long-term training rural schools. The Ministry of Education has plans and key performance indicators. Along allocated £116 million to improve the with this, the Ministry of Human Resources will command of English for the 35,000 in-service be setting up a ?National Human Resource teachers and for the remaining in-service Management Centre? and provide services to teachers who are teaching non-English SMEs. Private sectors are encouraged by the subjects, including Mathematics and Science. Government to establish technical institutions. An additional 375 English language teachers are being recruited from overseas, mainly from The National Advisory Council for Education UK & Australia, to help with this. and Training have formulated a comprehensive plan for lifelong learning programmes, which Higher and Further Education cover distance learning, part-time courses and skills upgrading. The enrolment of students in lifelong learning programmes in public There are 23 public universities, 35 private institutions of higher education will be universities and university colleges, 5 foreign increased by 10%. Flexible entry branch campuses, 21 polytechnics and 485 requirements, such as work experience and private colleges. Malaysian higher education is qualification recognised by the Malaysian heavily segmented ? public, private and Qualifications Agency (MQA) will be introduced. vocational sectors, with few connections. 13% The Human Resource Development Fund, of those between 17-23 years old cohort in which can be accessed for lifelong learning, will higher education in 1998 and now it is 30%. be expended to include firms involved in The Government target is that at least 40% of franchising, broadcasting, outsourcing, and the nation?s population receive tertiary motor vehicle repair and maintenance. education by the year 2020. More than 20,000 Lifelong learning programmes in community lecturers in higher education institutions are in colleges will be enhanced through the the process of upgrading their qualifications to introduction of e-learning. postgraduate level (MA & PhD). Under Vision 2020, 60% of future graduates would be from A new competency assessment system for science and 40% from arts. assessing civil servants? performance, replacing the competency level assessment examination, Technical and Vocational Education & is expected to be introduced in July 2011. Training (TVET) Lifelong Learning, Continuing Professional Development and, Technical and Vocational Education & Training are being actively promoted to meet the demands of fast developing Malaysia. In fact, the Government is looking towards the European experience to boost TVET here and this could lead to tie-ups with European institutions involving programmes and exchange of teaching staff. Currently, only 10% of Malaysian students are enrolled in local TVET institutions. The Government plans to raise this to 20% over the next five years. A revamp is being done to remove any stigma about vocational studies. Vocational schools would be rebranded into vocational colleges and a clearer education UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education, Skills & Training opportunities in Malaysia Major events and activities UKTI contacts National HRDF Conference & Exhibition Mr Siva Somasundram by the Malaysian Ministry of Human Resources Senior Trade & Investment Manager ( Education & Training Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre British High Commission, Malaysia 12-13 September 2011 Tel: +603 2170 2223 Email: th 5 BES Asia Conference & Exhibition ( Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia Contact: William Prieto-Parra, British Ms Shuba Karun Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) Assistant Trade Manager Tel: +44 (0)20 75374997 Education & Training and Automotive E-mail: UK Trade & Investment November 2011 British High Commission No. 185 Jalan Ampang 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia International Conference on Lifelong T: +603 2170 2252 Learning F: +603 2170 2370 Kuala Lumpur FTN: 8402 2252 14-15 November 2011 International and Private Schools Ms Zak Grebe Education Forum Asia (IPSEF Asia 2012) Trade Manager ( Construction and Education & Training Kuala Lumpur UK Trade & Investment Contact: Mark Roelofsen British High Commission Director, Method International No. 185 Jalan Ampang Tel: +44 (0)20 7394 1060 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia E-mail: T: +603 2170 2224 March 2012 F: +603 2170 2285 FTN: 8402 2247 Assessment Tomorrow Conference ( Kuala Lumpur April/May 2012 Contact: Martyn Roads Assessment Tomorrow Ltd. & MR Educational Consultants Tel: +44 (0)1622 746129 Mobile +44 780 272 4750 E-mail: Find full details of all events in this country and sector are on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education, Skills & Training opportunities in Malaysia Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Malaysian market are advised you to meet contacts and promote your to undertake as much market research and company in the Chinese market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Malaysia, with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in global markets. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in the Chinese market to find contact details for your local UKTI ? 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Posted: 27 May 2011, last updated 27 May 2011

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