Date Wednesday, 28 February 2024
Venue Sunway Resort Hotel, Malaysia
Time
  • UK-Malaysia Higher Education Roundtable: 9.30am to 1.00pm
  • UK-Malaysia Partnership Showcase: 2.30pm to 4.45pm, followed by Networking Reception until 6.00pm

There will be two parts of the programme. The morning session will be a roundtable that aims to:

  • Examine the ambition and appetite to reinvigorate partnerships and accelerate impact in tandem with regional and global developments.
  • Explore the roles of diverse stakeholders and innovative mechanisms such as the UK-Malaysia University Consortium in developing and recommending sustaining UK-Malaysia collaborations.
  • Recommend an action plan which is underpinned by the UK-Malaysia Memorandum of Understanding in Higher Education to drive HE collaborations that spur knowledge economy, innovative partnerships and talent development between UK and Malaysia.

The afternoon session will be a showcase of UK-MY partnerships to celebrate their achievements and examine the challenges of higher education collaborations across teaching and learning, mobility and research excellence. This will also celebrate the inaugural UK-Malaysia University Consortium by sharing key achievements and plans for the next 3 years.

ALL delegates registered for the Think TNE Forum are also cordially invited to join both sessions of the UK-Malaysia Higher Education Roundtable and Partnership Showcase on 28 February 2024. The roundtable will bring together key stakeholders to explore how we can collectively reinvigorate our ambitions for the UK-Malaysia education relationship to thrive at all levels through shared perspectives and progress review, as well as recommend strategic actions that can drive impact in the higher education sector, aligned with national, regional and global priorities.

To register for the UK-Malaysia Higher Education Roundtable and Partnership Showcase (a.m. and p.m. sessions), click on the links below:

Registration for East Asia participants

Registration for UK participants

Programme at a glance

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Background of the event

Tertiary education has always been one of the most important pillars in the bilateral relationship between Malaysia and the United Kingdom with shared aspirations to enhance human capital and continuously improve the quality and relevance of higher education.

Around 12,420 Malaysian students were enrolled in higher education in the UK in 2021-22 based on the latest available statistics from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Over the past 12 years, 80,275 students from Malaysia have studied in the UK and graduated with UK HE qualifications, based on the number of graduates in the HESA data over that period.

Malaysia is also a highly developed transnational education (TNE) market, hosting ten overseas branch campuses - five of which are from the UK. With 47,395 enrolments in the 2021/22 academic year, Malaysia is the UK’s second largest TNE market, only behind China. From an inbound perspective, Malaysia has become a regional international education hub over recent years.Under its National Education Blueprint, the country had set the goal of attracting 250,000 students by 2025.

One of the key collaborative programmes between Malaysia and the UK over recent years has been the Going Global Partnership Programme. Set up by the British Council to support partnerships between universities, colleges and education policy makers in the UK and in Malaysia, the programme aims to build stronger, more inclusive, internationally connected higher Education systems. As part of this programme, the British Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education in Malaysia launched the UK-Malaysia University Consortium in January 2022 as a flagship initiative that promotes strategic engagement and bilateral cooperation in higher education between its partner universities, with the aim of laying a foundation for long term collaborations, shared priorities and complementary expertise between the UK and Malaysian HEIs.

In May 2023, Malaysia and the United Kingdom further augmented their commitment to strengthen cooperation in the higher education sector of both countries by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU). This five- year MoU will see, among others, strategic cooperation in the field of scientific research and talent training between higher education institutions of the two countries; the exchange of academic staff, educators, experts and students on programmes that will benefit both parties, in areas of common interest and priority.

Recent years have seen a decline in the number of Malaysian students pursuing UK higher education both overseas and in-country (TNE) due to a several reasons including the economic downturn and the rise of newer opportunities from other study destinations.  There has also been a sluggish trend in driving new higher education collaborations between the two countries, with a shift in interest and focus on the more rapidly developing markets countries in the SEA region.

It is time for both UK and Malaysia to invest in redesigning innovative higher education partnerships underpinned by the MoU so that we do not lose the benefit of the competitive advantage that has been built through the many years of traditional higher education linkages between our nations. Malaysia is ripe for new partnership opportunities with the UK, especially innovative collaborations that look beyond merely teaching transactions and recruitment, and that can drive student and academic mobility, build centres of excellence and grow research capacity and collaborations.  Malaysia is also well positioned as a regional TNE and education hub, which the UK can leverage on to grow its presence in the region.

The UK-Malaysia Higher Education Roundtable and Partnership Showcase 2024 hopes to re-build the commitment for increasing the number of educational links and to catalyse innovative partnerships between the two countries. The roundtable will bring together key stakeholders to explore how we can collectively reinvigorate our ambitions for the UK-Malaysia education relationship to thrive at all levels through shared perspectives and progress review, as well as recommend strategic actions that can drive impact in the higher education sector, aligned with national, regional and global priorities.