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M'sia's higher education system acknowledged internationally
MALACCA: Engineering and technical courses offered by the country's institutions of higher learning has gained international recognition and this can be seen in the increasing enrolment of foreign students.
Works Minister Datuk Seri Shaziman Abu Mansor said that this was an example of the higher education system here which focuses on providing quality education, especially in engineering and technical studies.
“Over the years our local institutes of higher learning have managed to come up with engineering and technical study courses which are at par with the international standards
“Take the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) for example, it acquired the status of a full signatory of the Washington Accord for engineering education system in Malaysia two years ago,” he said.
Shaziman said with the recognition, Malaysian engineers were able to work in foreign countries.
The Washington Accord is an international convention that accredits engineering courses with the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, South Africa and Japan among its members.
“If some quarters claim that our education system is no good, then why do we see the influx of foreign students enrolling in out institutes of higher learning.
“This shows that the international community have confidence in our higher education system and also in the quality of teaching and learning,” he said at the presentation of 1Malaysia Student Discount Card (KDS1M) at the Technical University of Malaysia Melaka (UTeM ), here, today.
Shaziman, who is also the Minister Mentor for UTeM, said that some 10,000 students would benefit from the discount card as it would allow students to purchase goods and services at a discount of up to 60 per cent.