Five Quick Points
• Known as one of the safest, most tolerant, and easiest to manage countries in Asia.
• Beautiful, diverse scenery, from forested mountains to white sand beaches.
• Surprisingly low cost of living, affordable education, and good quality of life.
• Excellent, internationally recognized education system and qualifications.
• Multicultural, vibrant environment for international students from more than 150 countries.
Why Study in Malaysia
Earn while learn. Chances to get Post Study Work. Established and high quality education system and standards. Ability to get foreign degree qualifications studying fully in Malaysia from countries like US, UK, Australia, Canada, etc. at a much lower cost. High quality of life. Comparatively low expenditure of studying and living in Malaysia. Great place for travel destinations. Multi-ethnic nation with vast variety of cultures.Wide choices of food. Multi-language country allowing for ease of communication
Location and Geography
The Federation of Malaysia, in total about the same size (329,750 square kilometers) as the U.S. state of New Mexico, is in Southeast Asia and comprises two regions: Peninsular Malaysia (11 states) and the Island of Borneo (which includes two states, Sabah and Sarawak). The South China Sea separates the two regions. To the north of Peninsular Malaysia is Thailand, and to the south, Singapore. Indonesia surrounds Sabah and Sarawak, and the latter shares borders with Brunei as well. The landscape ranges from coastal plains to hills and mountains, as well as lovely sand beaches. Trees cover nearly three-quarters of the total area. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur.
Living Conditions & Cost of Living
The cost of living in Malaysia is exceptionally low for a newly industrialized country. Housing/renting, food, and eating out are very reasonable, and taxes are relatively low. The average Malaysian spends around 150 Euros every month on food. Kuala Lumpur city was rated the least expensive city in the world in terms of food, electronic goods, clothes, public transport, hotel rates and entertainment for Western visitors, in a recent survey of 71 cities worldwide by the Swiss banking giant UBS. The living standard in Kuala Lumpur (KL) is in general quite high. Malaysia has a good health care system, good hospitals, good international schools, excellent highways, and modern communication systems.
Education System
Education is a priority for the Malaysian government. “The 9th Malaysian Plan (9MP) from 2006 to 2010 has placed great importance on education, training and lifelong learning. In line with greater focus on human development under 9MP, a total of RM40.3 billion (about 21% of the total budget allocation) has been allocated for the expenditure of education and training development.” The Education Act 1996 covers pre-tertiary levels of education under the national education system, which comprises pre-school, primary, and secondary education as well as post-secondary education. Primary and secondary education are free to students in Malaysian government schools. Another six acts regulate the provision of higher education in Malaysia. The Minister of Higher Education controls all tertiary education. There are two types of tertiary education in Malaysia: government-funded and private higher educational institutes. Most private higher educational institutions teach courses in English. However, while most post-graduate courses at public universities are taught in English, most bachelor’s degrees at public universities are taught in Bahasa Malaysia. The legal regulatory frameworks that support the provision of education in Malaysia are The Private Higher Education Institutions Act 1996, The National Council on Higher Education Institution Act 1996, The Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007, The Universities and University Colleges (Amendment) Act 1996, The National Higher Education Fund Corporation Act 1997, The MARA Institute of Technology (Amendment) Act 2000, and The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (Amendment) Act 2000.
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