Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today launched the International Students Card or iKad with an emphasis in security as a strategic effort to improve the management of foreign students in the country.

The Deputy Prime Minister said when the government embarked on the agenda to make Malaysia as an education hub, it realised the country will face great challenges in tailoring the technology and management, to match the pool of students coming to the country.

The iKad will be issued by the Immigration Department through the One-Stop Centre EMGS from July 1st for the purpose of new international students pass applications for entry and the renewal of pass application.

The card will contain the particulars of each student including passport number and information on the educational institution they enrolled at and can be checked online for easier enforcement.

The iKad will be cancelled if cardholders were found to be involved in criminal activities.

The usage of the card would be extended to Sabah and Sarawak soon for nationwide uniformity in recording of information on foreign students.

Malaysia currently has some 95,000 foreign students and majority were enrolled in private universities.



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