Higher education in Malaysia: Emergent issues

Year: 1994

Author: Lee, Molly N. N.

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper is a critical review of the development of higher education in Malaysia. Reforms in higher education and current policies are analysed in the light of emergent issues such as higher education and the State; autonomy v. State intervention; management efficiency v. academic freedom; equity issues; changing patterns of higher education; private v. public education; distance education; the balance between research and education; curriculum issues; different forms of assessment; and brain drain. The paper also explores future development with suggestions for reforms that aim at improving the quality, increasing the efficiency and promoting greater equality in the Malaysian higher education system.