Najib chairing the 7th Global Science and Inovation Advisory Council Annual Meeting in New Delhi n Monday..
NEW DELHI: The Malaysian Government has agreed to offer 5% of the places at its public higher learning institutions (IPTA) for medical, dentistry and pharmacy courses to foreign students from this year.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the decision was made in line with the liberalisation of education in IPTAs, parallel to the country's endeavour to become an education hub.
He said public universities with the three programmes could set aside 5% of the places to foreign students who would be charged fees according to the prevailing market rate, unlike local students who are provided subsidy.
"The number of doctors in our country is sufficient. In fact we have more than enough. IPTAs will benefit from this decision including the interaction of our students with the foreign students," he told a media conference at the end of his six-day official visit to India, which began on March 30 in Chennai.
Najib said the move was aimed at encouraging foreign students considering courses in any of these three fields to choose public universities, at the same time generating income for the latter.
He said this to elaborate on the liberalisation of education announced at a media conference with his counterpart Narendra Modi on Saturday.
In another development, the Prime Minister said while opening the Malaysian High Commission Complex here that its construction and facilities clearly showed that Malaysia was not a "failed state" as claimed by certain quarters.
"This is arguably the best Malaysian mission overseas so far. The Government ensures that its officials stationed abroad and their families are provided every facility to enable them to perform their duties with ease for the national interest and to maintain the image of the country," he said.
He also noted that India was going to implement the goods and services tax (GST) in July based on a four-tier rate structure of 5% to 28%.
He recalled the implementation of GST in Malaysia and the political issue that was made of it.
"We implement with the softest landing, with thousands of exemptions, because we do not want to burden the people.
"Modi dared to make changes for the good of his country ... when you run the country you must have the courage, don't worry about the criticisms," he said, stressing that the Opposition would not be able to govern the country well if given the power.
Najib, who held a bilateral meeting with his counterpart here on Saturday, said Malaysia could learn from Modi through his vast experience. - Bernama