Malaysia is a country located in Southeast Asia which consists of thirteen states and three federal territories and has a total landmass of 330,803 square kilometers (127,720 sq. mi) separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo). Peninsular Malaysia shares a land and maritime border with Thailand and maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. East Malaysia shares land and maritime borders with Brunei and Indonesia and a maritime border with the Philippines and Vietnam. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government. The southernmost point of continental Eurasia, Tanjung Piai, is in Malaysia. Located in the tropics, Malaysia is one of 17 megadiverse countries on earth, with large numbers of endemic species.
Malaysia is a nation of different races, culture & religion. The climate is warm & humid throughout the year. Average mean temperature is 30 C during day & 22 C at night. Bahasa is national language but Mandarin, English & Tamil is widely used. The wide usage of English, make living and studying easy for students who are proficient in English while at the same time creating an environment for those who want to pick up the language. Since its independence, Malaysia has had one of the best economic records in Asia, with its GDP growing at an average of 6.5% per annum for almost 50 years. The economy has traditionally been fuelled by its natural resources, but is expanding in the sectors of science, tourism, commerce and medical tourism. Today, Malaysia has a newly industrialised market economy, ranked third largest in Southeast Asia and 29th largest in the world.
|Capital||Kuala Lumpur||Total Area||330,803 km2 (66th)|
|Largest city||Kuala Lumpur||Population||31,250,000 (2016 est.)|
|Official language(s)||Malay (Some parts English)|
|Government||Federal parliamentary democracy under an elective constitutional monarchy||GDP (Nominal)||$12,127 per capita|
|Calling code||+60||Currency||Ringgit (RM)|
Why study in Malaysia?
Malaysia is an increasingly popular place to get tertiary education with more than 40,000 international students from over 100 countries studying in Malaysia. It is the center of academic and higher education excellence in the region. Some reasons why international students choose Malaysia includes:
|Malaysia: Centre for Educational Excellence
Malaysia is fast emerging as a centre for high-quality education systems and standards of educational excellence in the region with its international standards. It is closely monitored by the Ministry of Higher
Diversified Variety of Education
There are many kindergartens, private schools, international and expatriate schools as well as colleges and universities that offer top-notch education. A number of colleges and universities are affiliated with reputable overseas universities. Malaysia is also the pioneer in this region to have branch campuses of foreign universities. The establishment of these reflects the high level of confidence in Malaysia as a provider of quality education.
High Academic Standards
The quality of educational institutions in Malaysia is monitored by the Malaysian government enforcement of legislation such as The Education Act, 1996, the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act, 1996 and The Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007. The Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) provides guidelines and constant monitoring to ensure colleges and universities meet the highest standards in education and are internationally recognized.
Institutions of higher learning in Malaysia provide professional, career-focused education offering courses that are up-to-date and market relevant. Graduates from Malaysia have no problems finding employment back in their home country. International students can also get an accredited degree from many choices of world-renowned universities from UK, USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand through their twinning programs or branch campuses in Malaysia. To further promote Malaysia, the Ministry of Higher Education has set up education promotion centres in Vietnam, China, United Arab Emirates and Indonesia.
Extensive Educational Infrastructure
Most educational establishments are equipped with extensive facilities for study and leisure. Well-stocked libraries, diverse curricular activities, regular seminars, and workshops provide the necessary support as well as create a favourable and conducive environment for a student’s development.
Over 500 Institutions of Higher Learning
With more than 500 institutions of higher learning around the country, Malaysia offers international students a wide choice in terms of courses, institutions and locations. Degrees in various fields including Engineering, Medicine, Law, Mass Communication, Tourism, Fashion, and Fine Arts can be obtained here at a relatively affordable cost, with the quality assurance that is second to none.
|The Local Universities are highly ranked.
The rankings of Malaysia’s domestic universities are fast improving.
· Universiti Malaya in the capital Kuala Lumpur is ranked 167th in the 2013/14 QS World University Ratings and its computer science, education and engineering programmes preside in the world’s top 100.
· Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Bangi, Selangor, close to Kuala Lumpur, is well renowned in the Education, Politics, Engineering, Law, and Mathematics fields.
· Universiti Sains Malaysia is the only institution in Malaysia to have a subject ranked in the top 50 internationally – its environmental studies programme is ranked joint 28th.
|Straightforward Immigration Procedures
International students benefit from the easy and trouble-free immigration procedures as compared to many other countries which have tighter student immigration procedures. The application of foreign student visa in Malaysia is simple and requires only relevant documentation without any financial guarantee.
In addition, most institutes have a credit transfer department that assists students in applying to study in Malaysia. These simplified procedures help students to save their time and money, and the visa application success rate is relatively high.
Comparatively Low Cost of Studying and Living in Malaysia
The expenditure of studying and living in Malaysia is comparatively low to countries like Australia, US, UK, France, Canada, etc. as the Malaysian currency conversion is advantageous. A quick look at the comparison chart shows the expenditure involved in the different countries:
Comparison Table of Studying and Living Cost in Malaysia for a typical Business Degree Student
|Courses are Conducted in English
International students should not have any problems studying in Malaysia as English is the primary medium of Instruction for all courses and study programs conducted at the private higher educational institutions. For those less proficient in the language, they can first enroll in an English course at local colleges before proceeding to diploma or degree certification.
Work While You Study
Malaysia’s law allows holders of student passes or permits to work while studying. This enables students to supplement their living and earn extra pocket money for travelling and leisure activities. Students are allowed to work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours per week.
|Multicultural Studying Environment
International students studying in Malaysia will get to experience of living in a plural and multicultural society. The ethnic diversities of Malaysia expose students to a value-added life, global outlook and better understanding of different cultures, ethnic groups and traditions throughout the world. There are three major races in Malaysia namely the Malays, Chinese and Indians together with other ethnic minorities. International students benefit from the experience of studying in Malaysia through the exposure to the different cultures and traditions of a multiracial country which is valuable and not easily available.
International Student Community
Foreigners will find a variety of student populations here from many other countries such as China, Japan, Singapore, Pakistan, Indonesia, Australia, India, Thailand, Iran, Iraq and many other parts of the world.
|Multiethnic Nation with Vast Variety of Cultures
Wide Choices of Food
With many races and cultures living together in Malaysia, this country is a food haven with a great variety of cuisines: Asian, Western, Middle-Eastern, Chinese, Continental, and Japanese. Both Halal and non-Halal food are widely available in Malaysia.
|High Quality of Life
Malaysia is a newly industrialized country that has outpaced other developing counterparts. The infrastructure in Malaysia is one of the most developed in Asia with state-of-the-art healthcare and medical facilities, advanced telecommunications infrastructure, world-class university campuses and facilities, and the best expressway network in Southeast Asia.
In addition, all major colleges and universities are located in major cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Accommodation and transportation are not only very convenient but are sometimes provided by the educational centre.
|Sports Activities and Adventure
Many sports are played in Malaysia. Amongst the popular ones are soccer, badminton, hockey, tennis and squash. Other favourites are biking, cricket, bowling, golf, rugby, table tennis, softball and grand prix racing.
If you love natural adventure, you will have much fun! With the long coastline and offshore islands, you can do water-skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling and diving in islands and marine parks. There is also canoeing, white-water rafting, river safari and cruises along the large river system.
That is not all. Cave exploring, mountain climbing, off-road driving, mountain biking, jungle trekking, trail riding, scuba diving, fishing, bird watching, and paragliding are also among popular activities in Malaysia.
|Moderate Climate and Weather
Malaysia has a tropical, humid climate with temperatures averaging 29°C throughout the year, making it easily adaptable. Geographically, it is bathed in warm tropical sun, with 3,000 kilometres of coastline, a string of cool hill resorts, the world’s oldest rainforest, and Southeast Asia’s highest mountain. The bright and tropical climate ensures that most sports and activities can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Great Place for Travel Destinations
Malaysia is a friendly, beautiful and culturally rich country – one that’s extremely good value for money to travel in. It’s modern enough to be comfortable yet full of natural beauty. Malaysia has an impressive variety of microcosms ranging from the high-rise buildings of Kuala Lumpur to the world’s largest single cave chamber in Sarawak’s extraordinary Gunung Mulu National Park and Sabah’s Sipadan Island which is known as one of the top destinations for diving in the world. In 2010, Malaysia was ranked 9th most visited country in the world.
Comfortable, Peaceful and Safe Living in Malaysia
Malaysia is one of the safest and most politically stable countries in the world with a relatively low crime rate and the country is free from most natural disasters which makes it an attractive country to live in. In 2011, Malaysia was ranked 19th most peaceful country out of 153 countries.