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School leavers encouraged to attend nationwide National Higher Education Carnival

6th March, 2016

By MOHD IZHAM B HASHIM

KOTA KINABALU: School leavers and university students are encouraged to attend the National Higher Education Carnival being held nationwide to make better decisions when selecting their field of studies and university of their choice.

“The 12th Malaysian Education Carnival provides prospective students with accurate, updated information on various options and opportunities to further their studies not only available in public and private universities but also in community colleges and skill centres,” said Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching.

Meeting reporters after officiating the ministry’s event yesterday, Mary highlighted the carnival gathers students from various universities, colleges and skill centres across the state to get proper consultation and advice to choose the right course that matches their interests and abilities.

“The carnival gives students better insight and understanding into the Malaysian Government’s vision for education outlined in the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) as well as sharing the achievements and success stories of the country’s education universities, education institutions and skill centres,“ she added.

Meanwhile, Mary also expressed happiness for the strong turnout at the carnival, dubbed ”Program Jelajah KPT-Soaring Upwards” adding the event was held at an opportune time when school-leavers and students recently acquired their SPM, STPM and matriculations results.

This year’s Education Carnival from January until April is targetting 180,000 participants at six zones nationwide, including Kedah, Terengganu, Johore, Sabah and Sarawak with the final venue at Selangor on April 2-3.

“There’s an estimated 80,000 students enrolling for higher education institutions for this year’s first semester nationwide, with 60,000 students joining IPTAs while 20,000 enrolled for Community College and Polytechnic institutions,” said Mazulla Binti Sabudin, Director Management of Student Admission Division.

Commenting on the performances of local education institutions, Mary underlined the country’s top universities showed remarkable improvements in world rankings, with Universiti Malaya (UM) securing the QS Quacquareli Symond’s Asia top 30 rankings in a survey last year.

“We are using an effective strategy to inform students and outsiders on the quality of Malaysian higher education centres which has produced renowned researchers, lecturers and professionals with vast expertise which is also recognised internationally,“ she told over 1200 students who attended the two-day event at 1 Borneo Hypermall here.

According to Mary, the improvements reflected Malaysia’s universities’ growing reputation in international academic moreover Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia were also in the top 100.

Application for admission to public universities (UA), Polytechnic, Community College will be open from Jan 18 untill April 5 beginning at non through the Online UPU system at upu.mohe.gov.my

   
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