Another positive move. Student exchanges can only improve the quality of Malaysian students. Kudos to Hou Kok Chung and Rafiah Salim.
IPTs Told To Carry Out Student Exchange With Varsities Abroad
KUALA LUMPUR, May 9 (Bernama) — The Higher Education Ministry has called on the local institutions of higher learning to carry out student exchange with universities abroad.
Its deputy minister Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung said this was important to internationalise their students and expose them to different kinds of learning and experience abroad.
“In this respect, the ministry will continue to support any initiatives to forge ties with universities abroad,” he told reporters after attending a student exchange programme organised by the University of Malaya’s Malay Studies Academy.
Under the programme, a total of 45 students would be sent to China’s Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) for six weeks starting May 15.
The programme was to reciprocate the sending of 22 students by BFSU to attend lectures at the Malay Studies Academy for one semester last year.
Meanwhile, University of Malaya Vice-Chancellor Datuk Rafiah Salim said the initiative was among measures taken by the university to widen the knowledge among the students.
“We want our students to have a unique learning experience,” she said, adding that the university was hoping to sent 1,000 students to universities abroad within the next three years.
In a related development, 15 engineering students of the university would depart for South Korea tomorrow for a 10-week exchange programme.