Malaysia hopes to attract 100,000 foreign students by 2010

The Malaysian government has set a target to attract 100,000 foreign students to study in Malaysia by 2010, an education official said here on Tuesday.

The target was in line with Malaysia's National Higher Education Strategic Plan which formulates a vision to make Malaysia the regional hub of excellence in education, said Malaysian Higher Education Minister Mustapa Mohamed.

The presence of foreign students would not only help bring foreign exchange into Malaysia but also would add the international dimension to campuses of Malaysia's institutions of higher learning, he said in a speech delivered to a local university conference.

Currently, there were about 52,000 foreign students studying in the country, according to the Higher Education Ministry.

Source: Xinhua