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Malaysia offer to share experience in developing framework of partnership
YOGYAKARTA: Malaysia has offered to share its experience and expertise in developing a "diffuse framework" for internationalisation of education in the move towards the Asean Single Window in education collaboration among member countries.
Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said as ASEAN Single Window constitutes one of the mechanisms to realising the ASEAN Community by 2015, it should be more attractive and accessible to all, providing excellence, quality education with high labour market relevance.
"This Single Window must also be flexible enough to allow permeability between the different education systems.
"In this regard, Malaysia strongly believes in the need for the development of a "diffuse framework" for the internationalisation of education. Student mobility programmes with credit transfer system between universities in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand constitute one of the forward-looking initiatives under this framework," he said at the Seventh Asean Education Ministers Meeting (7th ASED) here, Wednesday.
The ASEAN Single Window is the environment where national single windows of member countries operate and integrate.
Speaking during the policy brief titled "Towards Asean Single Window: Strengthening Our Education Collaboration", Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, congratulated Indonesia for having outlined a comprehensive way forward to enhance regional education collaboration in the briefing.
Malaysia, he said believed that this single lens would definitely further strengthen regional cooperation on education among ASEAN member countries.
"As a single community, we must be united in purpose and spirit. Considering the multitude of challenges out there, there is a need to develop more mutual
needs-based programmes that will allow a seamless framework of partnerships towards improving the quality of education," he said.
Muhyiddin also stressed on the need for Asean to develop the critical enablers of quality education and ensure that the programmes it develops strive to improve teachers quality, leadership quality, and a curriculum and assessment system that was relevant and capable of producing innovative and creative
"Our strategic priorities demand that we focus on the Systems, our Community and our Connectivity. It is therefore crucial that we learn the best from amongst us in those areas I have outlined, and perhaps more so that there will be no more regional gaps between us." he said.
The Deputy Prime Minister said Malaysia welcomed joint initiatives by ASEAN member countries to improve the quality of education. Bernama