KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 â€“ While Malaysia practises an open door policy on partnerships involving local and foreign education institutions, it also strives to ensure the quality of education adheres to world-class standards.
In line with this, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak has encouraged local institutions to forge partnerships with reputable education institutions overseas.
“We have to make sure that we put in place, the necessary regulatory functions to ensure the standards, and also to ensure the agency responsible will facilitate the approval of world-class or outstanding institutions that want to establish their branch campus here.
“We have an open door policy and there are very active discussions (about it) now, I know one particular institution (that would like to set up its branch campus) in the Iskandar Development Region in the near future,” he told reporters after opening the 17th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here today.
He was responding to a question on efforts taken to boost Malaysia’s position as an education hub.
To a question on encouraging other stakeholders to play a role in the Malaysian education system, Najib said the government had always believed that education was the responsibility of all its citizens.
“It has always been predicated on the public and private sector, from the primary schools to the universities.
“We have incorporated the civil society in the running of our public schools by getting the support of our parent-teacher associations.
“As for the involvement of non-governmental organisations, we have the teachers and their unions that we engage with,” he said.
Besides that, he said, political parties were part of the stakeholders who partook in the development of education.
Source : Bernama