PETALING JAYA: Things are not as rosy as expected for the private higher education institutions but many lauded the Government’s recognition of their role in the country’s higher education system.
Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (Mapcu) secretary-general Dr Lee Fah Onn said:
“It is clear that the Government recognises our role in the country’s higher education scene by encouraging more collaboration with the public sector in manpower training and promoting the country as an education destination.
“However, we hope more incentives can be provided as promoting our institutions overseas costs a lot.”
National Association of Private Educational Institutions (Napei) president Elajsolan Mohan agreed that better incentives for them would help to attract international students to Malaysia.
“If we aim to have 100,000 international students in Malaysia by 2010, as mooted, we would need more incentives for private institutions, including tax exemption.
“It would help if were invited on promotional trips overseas.
“The Government could help with our expenses as promotional trips cost a lot,” he said.
National Association of Bumiputra Private Colleges president Prof Datuk Dr Ismail Md Salleh also expressed concern on the lack of incentives for the private education sector.
“The Government is openly expressing trust in our role in developing human capital, but I hope that they will also support us by giving us more incentives and tax exemption.
“For collaboration with the public sector, more franchise programmes between the two sectors need to be allowed,” he said.
Prof Ismail added that the sustainability of the National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) should be reviewed to enable more students to attain tertiary education. “It will also help private institutions to recruit more students.”