SIXTY-SEVEN international postgraduate students from Indonesia will be starting their studies in Malaysia after completing their seven-day quarantine.
The Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) Scholarship recipients were welcomed by Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) during a briefing session at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur on March 30.
The scholarship is an initiative to strengthen bilateral relations between Malaysia and Indonesia through education.
This is the largest number of international students sponsored by NTB since the pandemic hit, EMGS said in a press release.
Its chief executive officer Mohd Radzlan Jalaludin said EMGS would give its full support to ensure that the process for international students to study in Malaysia runs smoothly.
“EMGS welcomes all international students to Malaysia with open arms. We are committed to fulfilling the government’s aspiration in making Malaysia a preferred global education hub, ” he said.
After the briefing session, all students departed for their respective universities with their representatives.
Also present were representatives from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin and Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris.
Separately, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was inked with the Malaysia-China Business Council (MCBC) to promote and market Malaysia as an international higher education hub for potential students from the territories of China, Hong Kong and Macau.
The MoU was signed by Mohd Radzlan and MCBC chief executive officer Lee Thai Hung on March 16.
Through this partnership, EMGS will function as an information provider responsible for furnishing potential international students with the latest information regarding programme structure, entry requirements, fees and other relevant information for enrolment into Malaysia’s higher education institutions (HEIs).Meanwhile, MCBC will function as the contact point that engages with all education-related agencies and governing bodies in China, Hong Kong and Macau for the dissemination of verified information related to Malaysia’s HEIs.
Present at the signing ceremony were Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad, her deputy Datuk Mansor Othman, and the Prime Minister’s special envoy to the People’s Republic of China Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, who is also MCBC chairman.