As Malaysia strives to achieve developed-nation status by 2020, the education sector is undergoing detailed improvement and development. Having launched its first blueprint in 2011, the Ministry of Education has recently drawn up plans for new reforms at all levels, in line with the country’s long-term development plan, the Economic Transformation Programme, which identifies education as one of 12 National Key Economic Areas. Ever since 1996, when foreign and private universities became free to…
Education & Health
From The Report: Malaysia 2014
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The Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-25 was launched in September 2012 and is now implementing phase one, which runs to 2015. With a solid foundation to build on, the government is eager to raise education standards and broaden access in conjunction with the goals it has set for 2020. Two key elements of this are foreign direct investment and collaboration from private institutions. For Malaysia to achieve its developed nation goals by 2020 it will need 500,000 new employees in the fields of science and technology, according to the Ministry of Science. One government goal is to have at least one domestic institution ranked among the world’s top 50 by 2020, and at least three in the top 100. The highest-placing university in recent rankings made 167. Malaysia boasts a strong health care sector backed by government investment and engagement with the private sector. The number of medical tourists to Malaysia rose from 617,000 in 2012 to about 700,000 in 2013, a function of the country’s rising global reputation. With the ASEAN Economic Community single market set for launch in 2015, the Malaysian health industry needs to prepare for an increased flow of workers and stiffer competition in segments like medical tourism. Higher standards and quality should be the sector’s aim as it tackles new public health concerns and begins to adapt. This chapter features an interview with Idris bin Jusoh, Minister of Education II.