MOE, Bernama to collaborate to promote edutourism
PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry will be working closely with the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) to promote, among others, education-based tourism (edutourism) in the country, said its minister Dr Maszlee Malik.
He said the Cabinet last week approved the concept of edutourism which would be managed by his ministry.
“We feel that if we can promote this concept together with Bernama, this will attract more people to engage in edutourism,” he said.
Maszlee said this after a meeting with Bernama senior officials at his ministry here today. Also present was Bernama Editor-in-Chief Datuk Mokhtar Hussain.
He said the edutourism-related programmes were already in place, offering short-term language and skills-based courses.
Maszlee said the ministry had also obtained approval from the Immigration Department to issue study visas to those interested in taking the short-term courses.
“Previously, many were interested in it (edutourism) but they were not given visas to study. This visa is for the duration of the course or training they are planning to attend,” he said.
The courses offered would last for a few weeks while some were up to three months, but most (courses) offered would be for the period of one to two months, he said.
“As we know Malaysia is a tourist destination. Some are here just for a holiday while others are keen to learn either the language or certain skills during their stay in Malaysia especially during the summer holiday in countries in the northern hemisphere.
“Those interested, besides vacationing, will take the opportunity to register (for the courses) for the duration of their stay, for a month or two and eventually to return home with qualifications or knowledge acquired,” he said.
Maszlee said good relations between the ministry and Bernama needed to continue to ensure that information pertaining to the ministry’s policies would reach both local and international communities.
“At the international level, Bernama is the most effective way. We know news from Bernama has always been picked by outsiders as their source of news.
“We also have a number of national education agendas that we want to share with the people as well as the international community, that I think Bernama can be our strategic partner to convey all the information,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mokhtar said during the meeting, several things were discussed in connection with the education agenda and programmes under the MoE that needed to be introduced and promoted to ensure they would reach the objectives.
“Education agenda is an important agenda for Malaysia to move forward. Let us focus on our students, our younger generation as they will be the catalyst for a more developed, more stable and united Malaysia,” he added.
He was also of the view that Bernama should facilitate MoE in efforts to introduce and promote the ministry’s programmes to the people. - Bernama
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