Education & Skills Training Opportunities in Malaysia

An Expert's View about Educational Support Services in Malaysia

Posted on: 21 Sep 2010

Malaysia is fast becoming an educational hub for SE Asia and laying great importance on achieving higher standards and improved quality in education and skills.

Sector briefing Education & Skills Training Opportunities in Malaysia Why Malaysia Malaysia is fast becoming an educational hub for SE Asia. It is also one of the four priority markets for British products and services related to education and skills training, worth over £240 million a year. Currently, about 12,000 Malaysian students are in the UK to further their studies and an additional 40,000 are either studying for UK degree programmes or undertaking UK professional qualifications in Malaysia. The University of Nottingham has a Malaysia campus and Newcastle University?s Medical School will be doing the same within two years. Several other British universities support the growth in postgraduate and schools are also considering opening qualifications and research links. facilities. Around 80 UK tertiary institutions have links or collaborative arrangements with Malaysia lays great importance on achieving Malaysian counterparts. These attract students higher standards and improved quality in from SE Asia, China, Middle East and Africa. education and skills. Currently, there are about 65,000 foreign students and the Malaysian Government aims Find general information on the Malaysian to have at least 100,000 by the end of 2010. market conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing Business Guide for Malaysia gives an Education and training have long been key overview of Malaysia?s economy, business areas in the UK-Malaysia relationship. The culture, potential opportunities and an education collaboration and partnership introduction to other relevant issue. between the two countries was further consolidated and strengthened through the signing of a milestone MoU in 2007, partly to UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Skills Training opportunities in Malaysia Early Childhood Care and Pre-School Opportunities Education The three ministries related to developing the Pre-school education is part of the national education and training sectors are the Ministry education system. Children generally begin of Education, the Ministry of Higher Education their education at pre-schools/kindergartens and the Ministry of Human Resources. from the age of four to six. The main government agencies that offer this education Education and skills training is on top of the are the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Malaysian Government?s agenda for the 9th Rural and Regional Development (KEMAS), Malaysia Plan (2006-2010) and will remain for ABIM, the State Religious Department and the the 10th (2011-2015). This sector was strongly National Unity Department. emphasised in the Economic Report with largest sum of £1.8 billion for the 2009 budget There is strong focus now on developing Early and £5.4 billion for 2010. Thus, opportunities Childhood Care and Pre-School Education are growing and key areas are detailed below. under the new Prime Minister - Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Pre-school education will be part Over the next five years, there will be more of the mainstream public school education private pre-schools, international and private system by 2012. Over £20 million has been schools, community colleges, skills training allocated for this and there are plans to institutions, corporate training companies and increase childcare centres and pre-schools, and foreign branch campuses established. Many of improve teaching and learning in these places. the university colleges and polytechnics will be Many of the teachers in the 20,000 over upgraded and given full university status. childcare centres and pre-schools are being More and more institutions are being encouraged to pursue programmes to upgrade encouraged by the Government to be involved from Diploma to Degree and Masters levels. in R&D and innovation activities. The four There are call for joint awarding of universities set-up under the Ninth Malaysia qualifications, programme/product Plan are still in their early stage of development and staff exchange. development. All these are likely to create demand for products and services and for The National Association of Early Childhood educational collaboration. Care and Education Malaysia (NAECCEM) are planning a week study visit to the UK in At least four educational hubs are expected to November 2010 to look at British expertise, be developed, which includes Iskandar products, services and qualifications available Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur Education City for the sector. Private childcare and pre-school (KLEC). education business is fast growing in Malaysia. 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 7,300 primary considering revising the examination system. and 2,700 secondary schools with 5 million A new comprehensive assessment system, students and 400,000 teachers. In addition to which gives more emphasis to continuous this, there are 32 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, about 10,000 public teaching and learning methodology, and in the school heads would be trained over 3 to 4 use of educational technology. years in Administration and Leadership Skills to ensure effective and efficient school Under Vision 2020, 60% of future graduates management. To start, around 30,000 would be from science and 40% from arts. head/deputy head teachers of leading public UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Skills Training opportunities in Malaysia schools under the ?Cluster School Programme? The implementation of the Skills Development are being sent for this on stages to institutions and Training Blueprint 2008-2020 will provide overseas. These heads will be given more the direction and strategies for developing independence in the management of their TVET. The blueprint will be supported by a schools and extra funding for improving strategic action plan to guide its facilities. Cluster schools are the centres of implementation and will require TVET agencies excellence focusing on niche areas, such as to formulate long-term training plans and key music, sports, ICT, science, language and performance indicators. special education. The National Advisory Council for Education Two policy issues on the role of English in the and Training is formulating a comprehensive Malaysian education system were debated in plan for lifelong learning programmes, which 2009 and the current Government has decided cover distance learning, part-time courses and to revert the teaching of Maths and Science skills upgrading. The enrolment of students in from English to Malay (native Malay language, lifelong learning programmes in public which is also the national language) by 2012 institutions of higher education will be and improve the teaching and learning of increased by 10%. Flexible entry requirements, English language in schools, especially in rural such as work experience and qualification schools. The Ministry of Education has recognised by the Malaysian Qualifications allocated £116 million to improve the Agency (MQA) will be introduced. The Human command of English for the 35,000 in-service Resource Development Fund which can be teachers and for the remaining in-service accessed for lifelong learning will be expended teachers who are teaching non-English to include firms involved in franchising, subjects, including Mathematics and Science. broadcasting, outsourcing, and motor vehicle They also plan to recruit an additional 15,000 repair and maintenance. Lifelong learning English language teachers from overseas to programmes in community colleges will be help with this. enhanced through the introduction of e- learning. Higher and Further Education There are 23 public universities, 35 private universities and university colleges, 4 foreign branch campuses, 21 polytechnics and 485 private colleges. Malaysian higher education is heavily segmented ? public, private and vocational sectors, with few connections. Currently 30% those aged 17-23 are in higher education ? in 1998 it was 13%. The Government target is that at least 40% of the nation?s population receive tertiary education by the year 2020. Around 20,000 of lecturers in higher education institutions are required to upgrade their qualifications to postgraduate level (MA & PhD). Technical and Vocational Education & Training (TVET) Lifelong Learning, Continuing Professional Development, Corporate Training and, Technical and Vocational Education & Training are being actively promoted to meet the demands of fast developing Malaysia. The Malaysian Prime Minister is investing a considerable amount of personal energy in building the country?s human capital for the move to a knowledge based economy. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education & Skills Training opportunities in Malaysia Major events and activities UKTI contacts Assessment Tomorrow Conference Mr Siva Somasundram (www.assessmenttomorrow.com) Senior Trade & Investment Manager Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Education & Skills Contact: Martyn Roads, British High Commission, Malaysia Assessment Tomorrow Ltd. Tel: +60 3 21702223 Tel: +44 (0)1622 746129 Email: siva.sundram@fco.gov.uk Email: martyn@assessmenttomorrow.com www.ukti.gov.uk Date: 11 May 2010 www.ukinmalaysia.fco.gov.uk Asia HRD Congress Ms Darrell Yuen (www.hrdcongress.com) Assistant Trade & Investment Manager Kuching, Malaysia Education & Skills Date: 6 ? 8 July 2010 British High Commission, Malaysia Tel: +60 3 21702252 Mission to UK by the National Association Email: Darrell.Yuen@fco.gov.uk of Early Childhood Care & Education Malaysia (NAECCEM) www.naeccem.org Contact: Datin Radziah M Daud, President, NAECCEM Tel: +60 3 77284070 Email: ayumanja@tm.net.my or mustwin15@gmail.com Date: 1-5 November 2010 th 4 BES Asia Conference & Exhibition (www.bes-asia.com) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Contact: William Prieto-Parra, British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) Tel: +44 (0)20 7537 4997 Email: William@besa.org.uk Date: 11 & 12 October 2010 Find full details of all events in Malaysia and the education sector 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 (SMEs) 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: 21 September 2010

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