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It’s a deal: Muhyiddin (seated left) and Luan (seated right) signing the MoU in Hanoi. — Bernama
HANOI: Malaysia and Vietnam has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in higher education that includes exchange of academic staff, experts and students between the two countries’ institutions of higher learning.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said among the objectives of the MoU was to increase the number of Vietnamese students at the private higher learning institutions in Malaysia from over 500 currently to about 5,000.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said although the agreement was reciprocal, Malaysia might benefit more from this MoU as there would be more Vietnamese students coming to Malaysia for further studies.
At a news conference with Malaysian journalists, he said for Vietnam, Malaysia was perhaps seen as a destination for its students due to the lower cost involved compared to other countries but with its standard of education on par or higher.
Muhyiddin signed the MoU on behalf of the Malaysian government, while Vietnam was represented by its Minister of Education and Training, Prof Pham Vu Luan.
The MoU was signed in conjunction with his two-day official visit to Vietnam.
Other areas of cooperation identified under the MoU are exchange of information on the system and structure of higher education, reforms and new educational technologies, and bilateral programmes between recognised institutions of higher learning in technical, vocational and higher education.
Before the signing of the MoU, Muhyiddin held a one-hour discussion with Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thein Nhan which touched on education, economic issues, trade and investment, defence and security, manpower and agriculture.
On the economy, Nhan said Vietnam was happy with the cooperation between Malaysian and Vietnamese companies and hoped that more Malaysian companies would invest in Vietnam. — Bernama
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