- International students made up 41% of the new intake while the balance 59% are local students. This is perhaps the highest number of international intake in the history of the seminary. We rejoice that an increasing number of students from the region are now coming to STM for their ministerial training and formation.
- The average age of the first year international students is 25.9 years old while the average age of the local students is 28.3 years old. This statistics could further support what Alex predicted when he says that the average age of students entering seminary will rise. At the same time, it is also interesting to note that the average age of international students is 2.4 years younger than local students.
- There is equal male-female ratio for international students while for the local students, the male-female ratio is 11:9.
- There is a slight drop of intake for local students in the English department this year. Of the local students, 65% are in the Chinese Department while the balance 35% are in the English Department. This may be the trend for the coming years as we continue to see more ethnic Chinese parents sending their children to Chinese vernacular schools in Malaysia. There is an increasing number of younger generation who are fluent in the Chinese language. In addition, many Chinese speaking churches in Malaysia are also experiencing encouraging growth. The English speaking students generally come from large urban centres.
- The single largest denomination represented among the first year students is the Methodist Church of Malaysia.
What do this statistics reveal? Some food for thought.