Influence of multiculturalism on the study programs in Malaysian public universities: international students' perceptions

Ambigapathy Pandian, Shanthi Balraj Baboo, Omer Hassan Ali Mahfoodh

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Abstract

In response to the emphasis on the benefits of enhanced multicultural educational experiences of international students in higher education, this study examined international students' perceptions of the influence of multiculturalism on the study programs in Malaysian public universities. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected. The respondents were 794 international students from 11 Malaysian public universities. Results show that international students perceive that the content of the courses had little consideration for including topics from countries of international students. In addition, the results reveal that the presence of international students in the study programs can be one of the factors to encourage lecturers to bring updated contents from international materials. Furthermore, the results reveal that motivation for learning, encouragement for active participation, and improvement of intellectual atmosphere in the study programs can be enhanced by the presence of international students. Practical implications for universities are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1133-1152
Number of pages20
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Volume41
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

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