MALAYSIA: Public universities to have more PhDs

The Malaysian government will increase the number of academic staff with doctoral qualifications in public institutions of higher learning to enable easier recognition abroad, reports New Straits Times.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung said the initiative would be a key agenda of the government in view of the education sector's contribution to the socio-economic development of the country.

"Our target is to increase qualified academic staff with doctorates to 75% in research universities, and up to 60% in public institutions by 2015." Currently, PhD holders make up about 73% of academic staff in research universities, he added.
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