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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Muhyiddin: Malaysia to Attract 200,000 International Students by 2020; Diaspora an Asset to Country

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"It must be reiterated here that people who migrate are not unpatriotic and the government does not view them as such. The Malaysian diaspora is an asset to our country - an asset that we do not want to alienate but an asset that we would like to co-operate with and hopefully entice to return to return in the near future" said Y.A.B. Tan Sri Dato' Hj. Muhyiddin Bin Yassin, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Malaysia during opening speech for Education Nation Conference 2011, a 2 day premier conference which is held on the on the 13th and 14th September 2011 at Royal Chulan, Kuala Lumpur.

This is reflected through the formation of Talent Corp, a government body with a mandate to attract those diaspora back to our country through various enablers, programs and incentives. He also said Malaysia government should co-operate with those diaspora in foreign countries by keeping an open channel via Malaysia embassies.

On the higher education front, the Deputy Minister said that through co-operation with established and renowned institutions abroad, the government intends to make the education sector an economic endeavour by attracting more foreign students. The government aspires to attract at least 200,000 international students by year 2020 which roughly translates into RM 600 billion worth of exchange. Malaysia's strategic regional position forms a melting pot of confluence that allows cross-fertilization of ideas, cultures and civilizational dialogues. This will enable greater understanding of the various aspirations and hope, and for Malaysia, to allow itself to position accordingly in facing challenges that may lie ahead.

The Minister of Education also claimed that Malaysia has possibly the most open and liberal policies anywhere in the world as Malaysia is the early pioneers of twinning programs with foreign institutions long before it become an established form. These programs have been fine-tuned over the last decade or so to not only provide the same quality of education offered in their country of origin, but also at a fraction of the original cost benefitting many Malaysians.

Malaysia Students Blog has attended this conference which has an impressive list of speakers and interesting topics on education in Malaysia.
Session 1: Where has Malaysia’s Talents Gone? : Reassessing how we are educating and preparing our youth for the future The setting up of Talent Corporation is an acknowledgement by the government that we have serious problems with attracting and retaining talent in Malaysia. The importance of effective talent management has put people a.k.a the citizen now at the center of investment and development under
the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP).
- Is Malaysia struggling to stem ‘brain drain’ as talent departs?
- What are we doing wrong to push our talent away?
- Is Malaysia really lacking talent? Or is it the system?
- Equality in Malaysia’s education system

Jeremaiah Opiniano
Executive Director of the Institute of Migration & Development Issues (IMDI), Philippines

Emeritus Prof. Tan Sri Dr. Khoo Kay Kim
Emeritus Professor, Department of History, University Malaya
Chancellor, Kolej Damansara Utama (KDU)

Mohamad Kamal Haji Nawawi
General Manager for Strategic Programmes, Talent Corporation Malaysia

Moderator Discussant:
Mark E Disney
Chief Operating Officer, London Chamber of Commerce & Industry International Qualification, Asia

Session 2: Education NKEA and KPIs: Transforming Education as an Engine of Growth.
The Development of the Education NKRA agenda aims to widen access to quality and affordable
education and to improve student outcomes to strengthen Malaysia’s economic competitiveness and
move to a high-income knowledge society for Vision 2020. Does Malaysia have the right formula to
achieve these goals?
- The fundamentals of good education for a progressive economy
- The 5 essential shifts of the Education NKEA Transformation
- Education Quality Review and Benchmarks
- Case Study: Finland – Best Education System in the World (UN’s Human Development Index: Education Index 2008)

Prof Keiichi Ogawa
Professor of Economics and Education, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University Japan & the Former Education Economist at the World Bank, Japan

Timo Karmakallio
Chargé d’Affaires a.i. (Counsellor)Embassy of Finland

Mdm Lok Yim Pheng
Secretary General, National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP), Malaysia

Umapagan Ampikaipakan
Freelance Writer, Book Critic and Radio Deejay at Business FM, Malaysia

Session 3: Upgrading Malaysia to a World-Class Education Hub.
Malaysia’s strategic location, multiracial culture and harmony have made the nation a favourite destination among foreign businesses, tourists and students. However, the growing competition regionally from countries like China, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and South Korea to be the Education Hub in Asia, will force the nation to rethink its current strategy. How can Malaysia maintain it’s comparative advantage in the region? What does it take to be a World Class Education Hub?
- A global status requires a global mind set
- Prestige, brand and quality: Lesson from the best.
- Case Study: England and Hong Kong

Prof. John MacBeath
Director of Leadership for Learning, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, England

Prof. Dr. der Soz Gumilar R. Somantri
President & Rector, Universitas Indonesia (UI), Indonesia

Dr. Tae-Wan Kim
President, Korean Education Development Institute (KEDI), Korea

Dr. Geoffrey Williams,
Director of the Academy of Responsible Management and Chairman of the Education Committee in the EU Malaysian Chamber of Commerce. Malaysia

Session 4: Technologically Enhanced 21st Century Learning
- Importance of Technology for Globalized Learning
- Challenging the ‘Net Generation’: Can teachers keep up?
- Raising the bar and Closing the gap between Rural and Urban education with Technology

Tony Brandenburg
President, Australian Council of Computers in Education, Canberra, Australia

Prof. Dr. Fong Soon Fook
Professor of Multimedia Education, School of Distance Learning, University Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Jang, Snag-Hyun, Ph.D
Vice President of Global Education Planning Center, Korea

Session 5: Voices of Our Future Generation
Is our future generation prepared to meet the challenges of the real world? If not, what is missing?
- Malaysian Education in the eyes of the student
- How can it be improved?

President of Student body Council:
Nor Huda Mahmud
Council Member, MASSA Student Association, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Prabsimran Singh
President of Student Representative Council, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

James Chai
President of Student Representative Council, Curtin University Malaysia, Sarawak Campus, Malaysia

Moderator Discussant:
Christopher Tock
co-founding conveners, Young Corporate Malaysia

Session 6: Employers Debate: Quantity vs Quality of Graduates Moving into the Workforce
In today’s competitive environment, organizations are looking for graduates who have balanced skill set and are capable of demon strating superior performance at work at all levels. In reality majority of graduates produce every year still lack of sufficient knowledge, skills and the basic attributes that are essential to enable them to ‘serve’ themselves or their employers, and the larger society.
- Why are our local graduates not making the ‘grades’?
- Change of Mindset towards the ‘English’ language – the universal language of business.
- Generation Y: Employer’s expectations and reality

Vimala Bnoo Pathy
Corporate Human Resource, Talent Acquisition, SIEMENS Malaysia

Khairul Azman Yasin
Head of Education & Learning, Human Resources Management Division,
Petroliam Nasional Berhad, Malaysia

Moderator Discussant:-
Sam Haggag
Country Head, Manpower Malaysia

Session 7: World Class Education Institutions – Where do Malaysia’s Schools and Universities stand?
Malaysia’s premier university, University Malaya (UM) has dropped from the top 200 of the prestigious 2010 QS World University Rankings - slipping to 207 this year compared to 180 in year 2009.
- Why are our universities not moving up the ranks? What are the underlying reasons & what can we do about it to raise the bar?

Dr. Mahender Singh
Director of Research for MIT Supply Chain 2020 Project, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Prof. John MacBeath
Director of Leadership for Learning, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, England

Prof Robin Pollard
Pro-Vice Chancellor & President of Monash University, Malaysia Campus

Jiang Xueqin
Director & Deputy Principal, Peking University, High School, China

Prof. Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Dzulkifli Abdul Razak
Vice Chancellor, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia

Moderator Discussant:
Mark E Disney
Chief Operating Officer, London Chamber of Commerce & Industry International Qualification, Asia

Session 8: Affordable Education: Lower Quality?
Every year new private colleges and universities are popping up in Malaysia to cater to the local market and the growing influx of foreign students coming to Malaysia to study. Yet every year Malaysia is faced with a growing problem of unemployed graduates from both the public and private higher education institutions. Who should be responsible for the rate on unemployed graduates? The students? The government? Or the institutions producing these graduates?
- Private vs Public Education
- Why are parents willing to pay top dollar to send their children abroad to further their studies?

Dr. Siva Ananthan
Educationist Advisor, CTT Global Consultants, Malaysia.

Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim
Chairman, Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia

Keeran Sivarajah
Co-Founder and Executive Director of Teach For Malaysia
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