The rising number of international students in Malaysia has made it vital for educators to understand their key needs. The increasing diversity of students has inspired the creation of a platform for championing international student education and services at INTI International University in Putra Nilai.
Themed Diversity at Campuses: the Way Forward, INTI’s international education summit was held for the first time to promote dialogue on international student issues among educators and to develop a network of international student services professionals. YB Datuk Mary Yap, deputy minister of education for Malaysia, participated in the event.
“At INTI, 20 percent of our student body consists of international students from over 60 countries. This diversity is essential in the current education environment, as these international students provide an international viewpoint to classroom discussions and enrich their peers’ perspective by sharing their diverse cultures, approaches and experiences. This unique learning experience that all these students, international and local benefit from is absolutely crucial to prepare them to be great future global citizens,” said Rohit Sharma, chief executive officer, INTI International University & Colleges.
Organized in partnership with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Taylor’s University, the summit included workshops on internationalization of campuses and community building, an international student forum and a keynote address by renowned educationist Professor Dato’ Dr. Morshidi Sirat, professor at the school of humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang; senior research fellow at the National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN); and founding director, Commonwealth Tertiary Education Facility (CTEF).