A Message from the Director
Assalamualaikum wbh and G'Day
Education Minister YB Dr Maszlee Malik, in delivering his 2019 mandate titled “Education for All”, said the Ministry of Education of Malaysia has underlined four key directions for higher education - quality, autonomy, collaboration and internationalisation. He also emphasized the vision of Malaysian higher education sector to become a reference for the global community.
With the aspiration that has been clearly spelled out by the Education Minister, EMA is ready to take on the challenge to double its effort in promoting Malaysian Higher Education products in Australia.
Malaysia and Australia have a very long history of bilateral relations in education. Between the governments, Malaysia signed two (2) MOUs with Australia in the area of education, in the field of education on 3 March 2011 and in the field of higher education on 14 November 2012. The iconic New Colombo Plan (NCP) initiative that was introduced by the Australian Government since 2014 has enabled many young Australian students to undertake unique experience in Malaysia. In 2018, a total of 835 Australian undergraduate students studied and undertook work placements in Malaysia under the student mobility programmes (including internships and training programs) and five (5) students received scholarships to study up to 12 months in Malaysia. Exchange and cooperations between universities from both countries are very active with at least 80 MOUs/Agreements have been sealed.
As for the Malaysian students in Australia, we have about 30,000 Malaysian students pursuing their studies in various sectors at various levels in Australia. EMA is committed to reaching out to all Malaysian students in Australia. Therefore, I am urging all Malaysian students here, come and take part in all activities organised by EMA and Malaysian Students' Council of Australia (MASCA)!
MOHD KHALIL ZAIYANY BIN SUMIRAN
Education Malaysia Australia