Mr Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education of Malaysia (on the right) and Mr Khalil Mahshi, Director of IIEP

Malaysia expresses interest in further collaboration with IIEP

Financial contribution may be raised, says Deputy Prime Minister

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister and also Minister of Education of Malaysia visited IIEP on 6 November 2013. This offered an occasion for IIEP’s Director Khalil Mahshi to compliment the Honorable Deputy Prime Minister  on the country’s successful sectoral review, undertaken with broad consultation, as well as for initiating the  practice of reviewing and publicly reporting annually on the implementation of the country's Education Blueprint 2013–2025. 

The country is currently seeking to attain its National Education Blueprint objectives, as quickly as possible, and Malaysian authorities are interested in working with IIEP to ensure that the country's Education Blueprint 2013–2025 is executed efficiently.  “We would like to work with IIEP; not for the whole spectrum of the plan, but in certain sub-sectoral levels,” said Mr Muhyiddin. He added that there were possibilities of in-depth collaboration between IIEP and Institut Aminuddin Baki (IAB) in Pahang in areas such as research and training on educational planning issues.

The Deputy Prime Minister announced an increase in Malaysia’s unearmarked financial contribution to IIEP. "I agree that we should raise the contributions to IIEP, maybe to US$50,000 annually from the present US$5,000, but this is conditional upon IIEP collaborating with IAB closely," he added.

Having recently worked with several countries in this region (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam), IIEP is eager to discuss possibilities for further collaboration with Malaysia, which could play a prominent and visible leadership role in supporting education as a global public good in the region and in other Member States.

"There is a possibility of signing a Memorandum of Understanding on areas of collaboration,”  said Mr Mahshi, “where the Institute can provide its international experience, while at the same time learning from Malaysia's experience in developing its  educational sector and its present efforts to improve student’s learning outcomes and the relevance of education to youth employment and development at large".