The Presence of Students with Disabilities in Higher Education: Exploring the Direction of Malaysia Local Public Universities
The goal of higher education in Malaysia is to meet the country's demands to produce skilled and qualified human capital. These demands require competent and globally competitive human resources and in line with the local community's culture. Therefore, the admission of students with disabilities (SWDs) to tertiary education, especially in universities, will provide equal educational opportunities with other individuals to not feel excluded from the national stream of learning. Various initiatives have been undertaken at the international and local levels. However, enrolment among SWDs is still low compared to the overall enrollment in our local universities. Along with national agendas such as the Wawasan Kemakmuran Bersama 2030 and Rancangan Malaysia Ke-12, universities are also seen to play an essential role in providing support for SWDs. This concept paper looks at the current trend of higher education in Malaysia, especially in public universities, as an education option for SWDs. Implications and recommendations for further research are also discussed in this concept paper.
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