KUALA LUMPUR, May
29: Malaysia should invite renowned
institutions from all over the world to be established here through
working with universities already in the country, Department of
Private Education (enforcement) director Dr Ariff Kasim said today.
He said in order to make Malaysia a
well-known education hub, a strong presence of renowned foreign
universities was necessary.
Singapore had been able to attract ten world famous institutions
that included John Hopkins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT), Insead, Stanford University and Georgia Institute of
Technology, he said, adding that an eleventh, the Indian Institute
of Technology was on its way.
"Malaysia had the presence of MIT through Malaysian University
of Science and Technology (MUST), Monash (University), Nottingham
(University) and Curtin. However, the concentration is different
from that of Singapore," he said at the Malaysian Education
Summit 2003 at Hotel Istana here.
He said since MIT was expensive, the Government should intervene in
helping MUST so as to prevent the university from leaving Malaysia.
"If the Economic Development Board of Singapore is directly
involved in the presence of the said renowned institutions, then
Malaysia through its agencies should also play the same role,"
He said Cambridge was originally present through the International
Commonwealth University of Malaysia, which was invited to be
established as a private university but "the institution never
The presence of Kellogg School of Management and Wharton School in
the Sassin Business School in Chulalongkorn University and Wharton
in the Singapore Management University could be used as models, he
"Maybe Kellogg can be invited to work with one of the private
universities in Malaysia," he said in his paper entitled
"The role of private educational institutions in making
Malaysia a regional hub: Challenges, Issues and Opportunities".
Ariff also said there was a need for standards in running the
business of education among the private educational institutions
that could be in the form of code of ethics or code of best
"For example, the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and
Universities and The National Association of Private Educational
Institutions in Malaysia have its own code of ethics. However, the
code of ethics is only applicable to both its members," he
He said private education institutions should support international
seminars or conferences on private education held in Malaysia and
should also establish its own centre of excellence.
For example, the Multimedia University could have its centre of
integrated research centre, Limkokwing University College of
Creative Technology would have its centre of design and Universiti
Teknologi Petronas its institute of petroleum products, he said.