Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Malaysia Changes Targets for Postgraduates

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Malaysia Changes Targets for Postgraduates

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The Malaysian government has scaled back plans to train 100,000 doctoral and master's students by 2023, a conference has heard.

The MyBrain15 scheme, which offers scholarships for Malaysian students, is now aiming to train 60,000 at postgraduate level over the next nine years.

Aini Ideris, deputy vice-chancellor for academic and international at Universiti Putra Malaysia, said that the changes came during the initial phase of the programme after government analysis found that it was "almost impossible" to reach the 100,000 target.

Speaking at the European University Association's annual conference on doctoral education in Liverpool last week, Professor Ideris said that it was difficult to get Malaysian students to continue into postgraduate education.

After completing undergraduate degrees, students want to work to earn money, she said. "Some of them have to pay off their loan and others need to support their families," she added.

The programme, launched in 2009, offers free scholarships for master's students and fully funded PhD scholarships for doctoral students and those working in industry. …

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