INVESTING in education is a key area Malaysia is focusing on to improve bilateral ties with Bahrain.
Malaysian Ambassador Agus Salim Bin Yusof stressed the importance of the education sector as hundreds of Bahrainis travel to Malaysia for university degrees.
“At the moment there are more than 200 Bahrainis studying in Malaysia in various stages which is not including those who have graduated,” he said.
“We have a lot of public and private universities which are internationally recognised and we have tens of thousands of foreign students studying in Malaysia now.”
He said implementing twinning programmes between universities in the two countries would allow Bahraini students to graduate with internationally recognised degrees from Malaysian universities without shouldering costs associated with studying abroad.
“Malaysian universities could come to Bahrain to establish twinning programmes with universities in Bahrain,” he explained.
“This way Bahrainis, Bahrain residents and students from this part of the world do not have to travel far to Malaysia to study; they can just enrol in one of the Bahraini universities in order for them to get the degree.
“Our Malaysian universities are also internationally recognised and I hope to encourage Malaysian universities to establish co-operation with their Bahraini counterparts.”
Mr Yusof was speaking to the GDN to coincide with the Malaysian National Day, which fell on Friday.