Malaysia cuts education budget, while Indonesia and Philippines increase

(26 April 2017, Kuala Lumpur) An international expert in socio-economic development in Southeast Asia says Malaysia shouldn’t be cutting down on the budget for education, especially since neighbouring countries are pumping more resources into education.

Speaking to FMT, Prof Patrick Ziegenhain, a visiting professor at Universiti Malaya’s (UM) Asia-Europe Institute, noted that Indonesia and Philippines had recently put greater emphasis on education.

“In Indonesia, they are increasing the budgets for universities. In fact, the funding for education in Indonesia is better than ever before.

“This is why you can see the works of more Indonesian academicians being published in reputable journals.

“The Indonesian government is giving financial incentives to local scholars for international publications,” Ziegenhain, from Germany, said.

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