International Conference on Media Education and Training (ICMET)

By Dato’ Sri Dr. Prof Syed Idid

Many factors contribute toward the development of communication studies, many of them are general factors that are applicable to many universities world wide but there are special circumstances that influence the development of these studies in certain institutions and in certain countries. This paper initially takes a historical perspective but later reviews the factors affecting the current development of communication studies in Malaysia. Government policy and incentives on higher education, world events, and institutional developments play vital roles in influencing communication studies in Malaysia. The legal framework in which the universities were allowed to operate, the relaxation in the 1990s to allow for the growth of private universities, the establishment in 2004 of the Ministry of Higher Education (then merging again to form the Ministry of Education in 2013) and the quest to find a global ranking have affected the development of universities and communication studies.

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