International students advised to apply for and renew passes

Wednesday Apr 29th, 2020
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By New Straits Times

International students who have received offer letters from Malaysian higher education institutions (HEIs) are reminded to apply for student passes as part of their enrolment requirements.

Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) chief executive officer Mohd Radzlan Jalaludin, in a statement, said: "There's a tremendous spike in demand for online learning in all universities across the globe.

"With the current travel restriction to Malaysia, institutions must ensure that student applications have been submitted and processed to be sent to Immigration Department for the approval of the Electronic Visa Approval Letter."

He added that the Student Pass Unit Immigration Department Malaysia located at Menara TA One and in Cyberjaya would remain closed until the Movement Control Order (MCO) was lifted.

"All new and renewal of applications can be done online, where institutions can apply and upload necessary documents into the Student Application and Registration System. The application will be processed once submitted."

On deferment of examinations by several international examination bodies and councils, EMGS suggested policymakers consider the use of forecast results to help universities continue getting enrolment from international students.

EMGS said it would launch Marketing Virtual Events or online platforms, which involved recruitment agencies, education institutions and relevant parties if the MCO was extended.

"I foresee one of the most awaited scenarios by the higher education sector is that enrolment will be more transnational in determining which students can study in the university of their choice," Radzlan said.

International students, HEIs, embassies and government agencies can refer to a bulletin board by EMGS on its website at www.educationmalaysia.gov.my for more information on student pass applications. EMGS can also be reached at 03-2782 5888.

EMGS said Malaysia has more than 600,000 students studying at HEIs, with 86 per cent of them local students and the rest international students.

However, among more than 400 private HEIs in Malaysia, only 50 per cent of them had the license to accept international students enrolment.