KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Nine leading universities from Australia, United Kingdom and China that have established branch campuses in Malaysia is a testimony to the quality and standards of Malaysia’s higher education ecosystem.

Higher Education Ministry deputy secretary-general (development) Nik Ali Mat Yunus said five Malaysian universities ranked in the top eight in ASEAN also showed that the education system in Malaysia is established and recognised for its quality.

We lead in subjects like chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering, agricultural science, environmental science, design and built and linguistics, where all ranked in the top 50 in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subjects.

These subjects are of significant relevance to key industries which contribute to the GDP of Kazakhstan, namely oil and gas, mining and agriculture. Malaysia, thus, makes a strong partner for Kazakhstan’s government and industries in Kazakhstan for human capital training and development, he said during the opening ceremony of the Education Week at the Malaysia Pavilion at Astana EXPO-2017, Kazakhstan yesterday.

The Education Week showcases the higher education landscape in Malaysia, its reputable institutions and research and innovation related to green energy.

Nik Ali said Kazakhstan was an important partner in the internationalisation of the higher education agenda which saw potential collaboration between ministries, universities and institutions in both countries and between industries in Kazakhstan with institutions of higher learning in Malaysia.

The Education Week, held from Aug 14 to 18, saw the participation of Malaysia’s eight higher education institutions, with talks on education opportunities in Malaysia related to green technology and sustainability.

He said the institutions welcomed collaboration with Kazakhstan’s institutions and industries towards building skilled and competent human capital which would drive future energy for the world.

We have over 130,000 students from more than 120 countries we have a small community of Kazakh students and we open our arms to welcome more, he added.