KUCHING: The Higher Education Ministry (Mohe) and Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus have discussed collaboration on efforts to promote Malaysia as a higher education destination for Australian students.
Mohe director general Professor Dr Rujhan Mustafa and his entourage met with Swinburne Sarawak pro vice-chancellor and chief executive Professor Helmut Lueckenhausen to set the stage for the university to play a significant role in the government’s plan to attract more Australian students to the country.
“We are here to learn more about Swinburne (Sarawak) and we chose the university because it is a major player in the private sector,” said Rujhan, referring to the university’s reputation as a provider of private higher education in the country.
The discussion between the two parties centred primarily on attracting Australian students to Malaysia and how this could be enhanced by both countries, including the contribution of Swinburne.
Lueckenhausen said Swinburne Sarawak was supportive of the government’s intention of seeing more Australian students coming to its shores to pursue tertiary education.
“Australian students who come here through the university’s student exchange programme enjoy their experience and consequently, some extend their stay,” he said.
Annually about 40 Australian students spend a semester or two at the Sarawak campus through the exchange programme, while others come for a shorter period under the university’s winter semester programme.