MALAYSIA: International students must be qualified

Private universities and colleges have been asked to enrol only qualified international students to avoid being branded as diploma or degree mills, writes Richard Lim for AsiaOne. Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the country should not be a dumping ground for students who could not achieve places elsewhere, and institutions of higher learning should upgrade their academic management systems.

From next year, universities will be graded in the Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions (SeTara) to benchmark their performance. "Their participation in Setara is voluntary now but from next year there is no excuse for them not to be evaluated," the Minister told a press conference after meeting CEOs of private higher education institutions.

The ministry has set a minimum score for all foreign students and private institutions were advised to abide by the benchmark.
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