PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) plans to establish a university that specifically caters for women, which indirectly would increase Malaysia’s visibility in higher education and further strengthen its position as an international higher education hub.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Noraini Ahmad said currently the number of women enrolled in local public higher education institutions is more than 350,000 which constitutes 61 per cent of the overall student enrolment, while more than 530,000, which is 53 per cent of female students, are enrolled in local private higher education institutions.
“Malaysia currently hosts 131,000 international students and we target to welcome 250,000 international students by 2025. This increase also includes a significantly larger student body consisting of women.
“MOHE welcomes any proposal for cooperation in the field of higher education that will bring mutual benefit,“ she said in her speech at the Networking Session with the Lady Heads of Mission in Malaysia, here today.
Noraini added that in the QS World University Rankings (WUR) 2023, there is only one local university listed in the top 100 and four out of five local research universities are listed in the top 200.
“In total, 24 of our universities have climbed the ranks, making this year one of our most successful years in higher education as far as ranking is concerned. Should we establish a university catering for women, I believe we can help it rise in the QS WUR as well,“ she said.
Noraini said the MOHE are committed to enhancing cooperation and reducing barriers in education services with its international counterparts.
“We believe that the internationalisation of higher education will increase competitiveness, which is an important driver of quality among our graduates.
“We also aim for our education system to cater to the demands of the job market and society,“ she said, adding that in line with this objective, higher education institutions have launched many initiatives such as forging Memorandum of Understandings and Agreements.
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