Google has gone to great lengths to help support education in many different countries, often through the use of its technology. Today, the company announced that Malaysia is adopting Google Apps for 10 million students, teachers, and parents. In addition, primary and secondary schools are receiving Chromebooks to not only support the students, but also the country’s efforts to reform its educational system.
In announcing the move, Felix Lin, Director of Product Management at Google, writes that Malaysia’s efforts to upgrade its educational system weren’t an easy one. To deploy technology across the country, computers needed to be simple, manageable, and secure — something Lin says was reflective of the Google Chromebook. In addition, while they’re easy to setup and secure, the computers are a “cost-efficient option” at scale. Using a study conducted by research firm IDC, Google learned that Chromebooks would yield three-year cost of ownership savings of $1,135 for each computer and require 69 percent fewer hours to deploy and 92 percent fewer hours to manage.
Malaysia is the latest area where Google has helped to make an impact on the education system with its Chromebooks. The company says that more than 3,000 schools around the world are now using the devices for various reasons, including improving attendance and graduation rates while also enhancing the learning experience. This program is just another extension of Google’s Chromebooks for Education program.
Other notable usage of the device around the world include:
- Transylvania County Schools in rural North Carolina deploying 900 devices.
- St.Thomas Aquinas High School in Florida going one-to-one with 2,200 devices.
- Rocketship Education in the Bay Area of California using 1,100 Chromebooks.
Google says that Malaysia’s announcement today is indicative of a movement by school systems to recognize the power of the Web in education. It’s not only one school that is adopting this, but an entire country — it cites the Philippines as an example.
Google’s Chromebook isn't the only one involved in the education space, but rather the entire Google collective. During World Teachers’ Day last year, the company announced some interesting statistics about adoption of its technology by academic institutions: 400+ universities are utilizing YouTube Edu to host lectures and full courses; the majority of Ivy League universities and most of the top 100 US universities are using Google Apps for Education; and over 500 schools and districts are using Chromebooks last fall.
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Education System in Malaysia
Published on Nov 18, 2014
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Malaysia one of the preferred higher education destinations
The higher education ministry of Malaysia is eyeing earnings worth RM6 billion through a projection of 200,000 international students in the country by 2020.
The earnings projection was based on an average of RM30,000 per student.
This is possible as Malaysia positioned itself as a stable, safe and relatively cheap place for overseas students to study.
Malaysia has become a popular destination for the pursuit of higher education among foreign students, more and more established reputable universities from around the world will set up their branch campuses here, working jointly with Malaysian universities and colleges.
The reasons Malaysia is a popular education destination :
1- Good quality and
2- Cost-effective education
With world-class education being offered through a wide range of diverse and flexible options, Malaysia is rated as the 11th preferred destination in the world for education.
Malaysian government was making the education sector an economic investment to attract foreign students. The country is fast becoming a centre of educational excellence in the region.
In 2012 Malaysia housed more than 93,000 international students from more than 100 countries, with 150,000 targeted by 2015 and 200,000 by 2020.
Ranked as the world's 11th largest exporter of educational services, Malaysian government is counting on the increased demand for quality education from students in existing and new markets, like the Middle East, China and Africa.