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Can ASEAN become world-class destination for study?

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 20 2019   /  12:32 am

Experts say Southeast Asia is poised to become the next center of excellence and innovation.However, for most universities in the region — particularly those outside Singapore and Malaysia — many still have a hard time attracting students, and a lack of English proficiency continues to be seen as one of the main culprits.According to global proficiency rankings for non-native English-speaking countries, Singapore, the Philippines and Malaysia ranked best in Southeast Asia.Most ASEAN universities are rarely regarded as a study option for new students due to an issue in “language compatibility”, said Denny Abdi, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s director for Southeast Asian affairs.“Many students choose to go to Western countries for their studies, because it is easier for them to understand [and communicate]. ASEAN countries — with the exception of Singapore and Malaysia —...