‘Spend schol­ar­ships on lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PETALING JAYA: The govern­ment should spend the money on over­seas schol­ar­ships on lo­cal pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties fac­ing fi­nan­cial con­straints, said PKR sec­re­tary-gen­eral Rafizi Ramli.

He said up to RM3 bil­lion is spent yearly to send about 10,000 stu­dents over­seas.

Rafizi said if these stu­dents were placed in lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties, they could as­sist in en­rich­ing the higher education sys­tem.

The Pan­dan MP said the schol­ar­ship sys­tem is no longer ap­pli­ca­ble and there is no need to send stu­dents over­seas to do cour­ses which may be bet­ter done here.

Rafizi said al­though he had ben­e­fited from an over­seas education, hav­ing com­pleted his elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing de­gree at the Uni­ver­sity of Leeds in the United King­dom, he be­lieves there would have been lit­tle dif­fer­ence if he had stud­ied the course at Univer­siti Te­knologi Malaysia in­stead.

“The cost of send­ing stu­dents over­seas now is ex­or­bi­tant,” he added.

He said ex­cep­tions should be made for stu­dents who se­cure places at top uni­ver­si­ties in the world, or those who want to study cour­ses not of­fered lo­cally.

He also called on the govern­ment to tighten the en­try re­quire­ments into uni­ver­si­ties.

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