Crisis ahead for private higher education – and solutions

By Paul Lim, Geoffrey Williams

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More government focus on public institutions of higher education, alongside other factors like poor management, spells trouble for those in the private sector. Some choices will have to be made.Graduating students of the Penang Medical College (PMC). Private university enrolment is expected to grow at 5.6% per annum and overtake the public sector in terms of student numbers by 2025.IntroductionOn April 7, 2015, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the National Higher Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (HEB), which sets...

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Paul Lim

Geoffrey Williams

was a visiting fellow at Penang Institute (2015-2016) specialising in higher education management. He was deputy vice chancellor at Universiti Tun Abdul Razak and professor in the Graduate School of Business. He is founder and director of his own education company, the Academy of Responsible Management, and is a member of the Board of Studies, Faculty of Industrial Management, Universiti Malaysia Pahang. He is currently a professor in the ELM Graduate School at HELP University.