Two-year moratorium on new private institutions

There are too many private colleges in Malaysia and so the government has disallowed new ones to be set up in the next two years, writes Priya Kulasagaran for The Star.

In announcing the two-year moratorium from 1 February, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said there were more than enough higher education institutions in the country to meet both local and international demand. “We have had moratoriums before this for fields such as dentistry, medicine and nursing...To us, 414 private colleges is a lot,” he said, after delivering his New Year's address to ministry staff.

As of 30 November last year, there were 37 private universities, 20 university colleges, seven foreign branch campuses and 414 private colleges in the country. Mohamed Khaled said some private institutions had fewer than 500 students, making them unsustainable.
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