NAPEI 25th Anniversary Celebration

 

On 28 November 2012, the National Association of Private Educational Institutions (NAPEI) held Malam NAPEI 2012 in conjunction with its 25th Anniversary celebration at Grand Dorsett Subang. The dinner was graced by special guests DYMM Yang Di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus and DYMM Tunku Ampuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus.

Other guests include Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr Yahaya Ibrahim, Founding President of NAPEI; Past President Tan Sri Dato' Othman Merican; and Datuk Dr Param, President of MAPCU; and Mr. Sailanathan, President of FeMEC.

In his speech, the President of NAPEI, Associate Professor Elajsolan Mohan said that in the last 25 years, NAPEI's membership has not only grown in numbers over the years, but the type of members has also grown - in terms of size, infrastructure, facilities, standards and quality of education offered.

"The number of students enrolled in the private higher education sector is more than 55 % of the total enrolment in higher education in the country. That is, the private education sector is playing a key role in providing education to our citizens.

"Together with the Council Members, we are committed to strive forward and work more closely with the Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Human Resources, and other allied government agencies like the PTPTN and the MQA in particular to ensure that the private education industry offers only Quality Education and Training and thereby able to compete both locally and internationally," said Associate Professor Elajsolan Mohan.

NAPEI is part of several action committees which include the Steering Committee for the review of the Private Higher Education Act (AKTA 555); the ETP Project Committee; the Graduate Employability Task Force Committee; the National Budget Consultation Committee for Education; and the MQA Technical Committee on Standards and the Malaysian Qualifications Framework.

Private higher education institutions account for the enrolment of about 100,000 international students. Globally, Malaysia is ranked number 11 on the list of sought-after destinations for higher education by international students.

According to Associate Professor Elajsolan Mohan, NAPEI with the support of PEMANDU have formed a task force under EPP3 to scale up international private schools in the country. NAPEI has organised branding and promotion activities in a number of countries and will be organsing more next year through funding by PEMANDU.

Other recent milestones by NAPEI include its first International Skills Conference held in July this year which aimed to raise the standard of delivery at skills centres. "Train-the Trainer" Programmes will be conducted at these skills centres and collaborations to conduct dual certification with international skills providers are in the pipeline.