The Ministry of Higher Education plans to create a university for women, says the minister

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Noraini Ahmad delivers a speech during the engagement program with female foreign ambassadors to Malaysia in Putrajaya on September 22, 2022. – Bernama pic

Thursday, September 22, 2022 4:54 PM MYT

PUTRAJAYA, September 22 – The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) plans to establish a university that caters specifically to women, which would indirectly increase Malaysia’s visibility in higher education and further strengthen its position as a international hub for higher education.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Noraini Ahmad said that currently the number of women enrolled in local public higher education institutions is over 350,000, which represents 61% of the total enrollment of students, while more than 530,000, or 53% of female students, are enrolled in local private higher education institutions.

“Malaysia currently welcomes 131,000 international students and we aim to welcome 250,000 international students by 2025. This increase also includes a much larger student body of women.

“MOHE welcomes any proposal for cooperation in the field of higher education that will bring mutual benefit,” she said in her speech during the networking session with the Ladies Heads of Mission in Malaysia here today. today.

Noraini added that in the QS World University Rankings (WUR) 2023, there is only one local university listed in the top 100 and four out of five local research universities are in the top 200.

“A total of 24 of our universities moved up the ranks, making this year one of our most successful years in higher education as far as the rankings are concerned. If we were to create a university for women, I think we can help it grow in QS WUR as well,” she said.

Noraini said the MOHE is committed to strengthening cooperation and reducing barriers in education services with its international counterparts.

“We believe that the internationalization of higher education will increase competitiveness, which is an important quality driver among our graduates.

“We also aim for our educational system to respond to the demands of the labor market and society,” she said, adding that in line with this objective, higher education institutions have launched many initiatives such as the creation of memorandums of understanding and agreements.

She said that this year she had the privilege of witnessing the signing of 12 MoUs and one MoU in India, Qatar, UK, Romania, Turkey and Canada.

“These partnerships aim to facilitate collaborative research and innovation activities, student and staff mobility schemes, the organization of joint seminars and more,” she said.

In addition, Noraini said another initiative the ministry is working on is the establishment of offshore programs by local universities, such as Universiti Sains Malaysia which established its offshore programs in Turkey last year and the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) which will begin its programs offshore. in Qatar next month.

“UKM will also open its branch campus in Doha in 2025, making it our first public university to have a physical campus overseas.

“Additionally, discussions are ongoing on the establishment of the Chair of Malay Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London,” he said. she declared. — Bernama

Helen D. Jessen