The Light of Islam


The article is devoted to the reforms in the field of higher education in the countries of Southeast Asia, which allows these countries to gain a leading position in the modern world. It should be noted that domestic studies on this topic are not enough.

Particular attention is paid to the study of the education system during the period of British colonization, as well as after the Second World War and during the independence of Malaysia.

The Malaysian Government’s Vision 2020 project clearly outlines the importance of studying religion as an integral component of secondary education. An attempt was made to reveal the essence and features of this project for the Malaysian multi-faith society.

The author analyzes the initiative to reform the education system in Malaysia, aimed at developing the so-called Smart schools designed to improve student learning skills.

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