THE Malaysian Association of Private College and Universities (MAPCU) has proposed that foreign students be issued student visas at port of entry or at Malaysian embassies abroad.
MAPCU said that student passes should also be issued at the same time.
The system for issuing student visas was very tedious and would take at least one month, MAPCU said in its memorandum submitted at the annual dialogue with the International Trade and Industry Ministry yesterday.
MAPCU also proposed that all foreign students be issued multiple entry visas as currently only students from certain countries were given such visas.
It said that this caused inconvenience to students who were not entitled to multiple entry visas when they wished to return home for a holiday.
The association also suggested that local institutions be given priority to conduct more degree programmes instead of allowing more foreign branch campuses to be set up locally.
It also called for fast approval for new courses, especially for institutions with good track records by introducing a fast track approval system.
The Business Ethics Institute of Malaysia (BEIM) proposed that foreign and local organisations have a formal written code of ethics.
It also wants the code of ethics to become a prerequisite for the issuance of business licences. Bernama