BESUT: Malaysia's higher education is now on par with those of developed nations including the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia, said Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.
He said this was proven by the fact that 135,000 foreign students made up 10% of students at national higher educational institutions in the country.
"Now, foreign students are confident of studying in Malaysia compared with previously, more so with the strong economic development, and the stable and well-administered government in the country," he told reporters in Jerteh here Saturday.
He said Malaysia was now the ninth most popular destination for foreign students in various fields including engineering, agriculture, and information and communication technology.
Idris said Universiti Malaya was now in 151st position (up from 167) in the list of 400 top institutions in the world in the 2014 QS World Ranking of prestigious universities.
London-based QS Quacquarelli Symonds is an organisation that evaluates universities of the world via academic reputation measurement, employer's reputation, student-faculty ratio, research paper of every faculty, citations per paper, internationalisation and student exchange programme.
In addition, four other Malaysian institutions whose positions have improved compared with last year were Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 259th place (compared to 269 in 2013), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 294th spot (355), Universiti Sains Malaysia is in 309th position and Universiti Putra Malaysia in 376th spot.
According to Idris, the countries that had started sending their students to study in Malaysia included Australia and China.
In this regard, he urged the public not to be influenced those who liked to tarnish the Government by saying the educational system in the country was still backward. – Bernama