Idris Jusoh lauds gov't move to place foreign students in local unis

FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR

PUTRAJAYA: The government’s move to place five per cent of foreign students in public universities for medicine, dentistry and pharmaceutical courses will help local universities increase their financial resources.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said he welcomed the government’s initiative as part its efforts to liberalise the higher education system.

“In the modern era, it is important to internationalise our public universities. One of the ways is to give the foreign students an opportunity to pursue their studies in medicine, dentistry and pharmaceutical courses in Malaysia.

“The foreign students furthering their studies in these courses will pay tuition fees of between RM400,000 and RM500,000. This will increase the income of public universities and help them to fund their operations,” he said after attending a memorandum of understanding ceremony between the ministry, Polytechnic Education Department and Petronas, here.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had said at a press conference at the Malaysian High Commission in New Delhi that the new ruling will being with this year’s intake.

He said this was in view of the government’s mission to turn Malaysia into a leading education hub.

He added foreign students will pay the market rate imposed by private universities.

On another matter, Idris warned school leavers to be wary of syndicates offering them placement in universities through Whatsapp applications.

“The students are advised to refer the matter with the ministry first before accepting any offer.

“There have been some cases where the students had paid the entry fees but only to find out it was a scam. They are advised not to fall for the hoax by this syndicate,” he said.