Embracing Internationalization in Gearing Malaysian Higher Education Towards Global Education

Siti Maziha Mustapha, Nabilah Abdullah, Karthiyaini Devarajoo, Faridah Ibrahim, Suhida Hani Suid, Suraya Amirrudin
2021 Asian Journal of University Education  
Abstract: Embracing internationalization is the reality in Malaysian tertiary education in this century. Various endeavors and research collaborations have been and are still carried out to achieve the government's vision to position Malaysia as a tertiary education hub in the region. Using phenomenological approach, this study attempts to highlight challenges and strategies towards achieving internationalization of Malaysian higher education. Twelve lecturers from public and private
more » ... s were purposively sampled to discuss issues on internationalization of Malaysian tertiary education. Focus Group Discussions using semi structured interview protocol were undertaken. Data analysis and interpretation were carried out through thematic development. The findings revealed all participants are aware of the pedagogical approaches to be in practice to embrace the dynamics of global cultures convening in Malaysian lecture rooms. They highlighted the advantages of having international students from academic and social perspectives. Also included are ways how local students benefit with the presence of international students. These benefits emerged as participants discussed the consequences of Malaysian campus bereft of international students. In-class challenges and strategies to overcome them were deliberated. The findings also informed lecturers, administrators, and policy makers of relevant aspects to consider when dealing with international students at the tertiary level in Malaysia. Keywords: global education, internationalization, international students, tertiary education, phenomenology
doi:10.24191/ajue.v17i4.16224 fatcat:pqj3f2gbirah3jnycrduj3zxdy