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Recently ranked among the top countries in the world for medical services, Malaysia boasts a strong health care sector backed by government investment and engagement with the private sector. A February 2014 review by International Living, a travel journal, gave Malaysia 95 out of 100 points for quality of care and expertise of...

Chapter | Education & Health from The Report: Malaysia 2014

The Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-25 was launched in September 2012 and is now implementing phase one, which runs to 2015. With a solid foundation to build on, the government is eager to raise education standards and broaden access in conjunction with the goals it has set for 2020. Two key elements of this are foreign direct investment and collaboration from private institutions. For...

Malaysia’s natural resources and its well-educated population are some of the many credentials that keep the country in good stead, with priorities centred on preparing for the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015 and steering the policy framework toward more inclusive political representation. The economy is built around global trade, and the government is working to encourage greater private investment.

Universities in Malaysia have been given a key role in government plans to raise the country to developed-nation status within the decade, but more investments may be necessary if higher education institutions are to meet the targets that have been set by the state.
The government has vowed to expand the Malaysian vocational education system to help bridge the widening gap between the demand for skilled labour and the available pool of trained workers.

Over the past 15 years, the private sector has been widely credited as increasing access and choice for education options in Malaysia. However, the picture is more complicated. Everything from government incentives to changes in the public sector, the opening of new niches, and the introduction of private players in the primary, secondary and...