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Factors affecting students' choice of Islamic institution : a survey of international students at International Islamic University Malaysia

Awang Mat , Muhamad Zahiri (2011) Factors affecting students' choice of Islamic institution : a survey of international students at International Islamic University Malaysia. In: IIUM Research, Invention and Innovation Exhibition (IRIIE) 2011, 9-10 February 2011, Gombak.

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Abstract

Students' choice of higher educational institution which its values align with the student and parents' religious background has been given much attention these days. This study therefore examined some of the factors affecting international students' choice of Islamic educational institution such as International Islamic University Malaysia. The examined factors in this study were religious academic programme, Islamization of knowledge, Islamic culture and environment, Muslim parent, the image and reputation of the institution, institutional facilities, cost of study and financial aid. a total number of 311 international students were surveyed using a convenient sampling method. A Principal Component Analysis was used to identify the underlying factors of international students' choice of IIUM. Also, descriptive statistics such as percentages and mean and Independent sample T-test were used to analyze other research questions. The result of the Principal Component Analysis shows that seven factors affect international students' choice of IIUM with the exception of Religious Academic Programme. However, Islamization of knowledge and Islamic environment and culture were the most influential factors identified by the international students. it was also found that there are no significant differences between international male and female students in their influential factors of IIUM except in the image and reputation of the institution, institutional facilities and cost of study. Finally, the result shows that non-religious factors such as the cost of study, image and reputation and institutional facilities play a greater role in international students' choice of IIUM. Thus, the researcher will like to suggest that both the religious and non-religious factors identified by the international students should be given much more attention by continuing improving it.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 3053/26215
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education, students' preference, influential factors, Islamic instiutions
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB3525 Special days. School life. Student manners and customs
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC65 Social aspects of education
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: Dr. Zahiri Awang Mat
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2012 13:29
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2012 16:02
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/26215

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