8 Reasons to Study in Malaysia
World Class Universities
Having been for decades a leader in industrial growth and political stability, Malaysia is also one of the top destinations for those seeking internationally-recognized education. The government grooms top talent through public and private tertiary education institutions as well as professional bodies and accredited skill centers, resulting in the country being a global leader in key industries.
By maintaining high standards in keeping with the region’s education sectors and key industries, Malaysian universities rank highly in global university ranking tables. The oldest and premier university, the University of Malaya, is placed 13th on the QS World University Rankings 2020: Asia as a testament to our standards.
In recent years, many international universities have set up branch campuses in Malaysia. Similar to the twinning programme, students reap the benefit of international experience through their degree from a reputable foreign university by spending some time at a third country where the university’s home campus is.
One of the main attractions Malaysia holds for foreign students is ‘affordability’. The major cost considerations when it comes to a foreign education are course fees and living expenses.
Kuala Lumpur has been named the world’s second most affordable student city by QS Best Student Cities 2018. This is mainly because the costs of living and tuition fees in the local currency are at least half if not two-thirds cheaper compared to countries like Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore and Canada.
Annual tuitions fees in Malaysia are from USD 4,000 – 6,000, whilst living expenses would be circa USD 400 – 700 per month. By comparison, tuition fees in Singapore would cost USD 7,000 – 10,000 and living expenses are at least twice as high. Only in Malaysia can you strike that balance between uncompromised quality and unmatched affordability – receiving a world-class education and living in comfort yet without the hefty price tag.
English is widely spoken
Although Bahasa Malaysia is an official language of this country, English is widely spoken in Malaysia as a second language. Most courses at universities are taught in English and it is possible to live in urban areas of Malaysia by speaking only English. Communicating inside and outside the campus is easy, especially once you have also picked up the Malaysian English habits like ending you sentence with ‘lah’!
Modern and Progressive
As one of the global leaders in engineering and manufacturing, companies in these industries – Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HP) Services, AirAsia, Shell Malaysia and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) – produce Malaysian industry leaders and attract talents from around the globe.
Given industrial advancements over the years, knowledge and best practices have been integrated into relevant courses and are continuously updated. Institutes like University Malaya, University of Technology Malaysia, University of Science Malaysia and Malaysian University of Science and Technology offer top-ranked undergraduate degrees in different fields of engineering. Malaysia is also a leader in tourism, medical technology, optical equipment and agriculture. These sectors contribute to Malaysia’s thriving economy and are an integral facet for the global economy.
Doors to many high-flying careers are available to students in and outside Malaysia. With plentiful opportunities and a progressive and modern working environment, choosing to work here after your studies can help to take your career to the next level.
Multicultural Society and Food Heaven
Made up of ethnic Malay, Chinese, Indian, and other indigenous ‘Bumiputera’ groups, Malaysia is also known for is diverse, multicultural society.
In fact, in the Bornean states of Sabah and Sarawak, there is a myriad of indigenous ethnic groups with their own unique language, culture and heritage. Interacting with the different ethnic groups of Malaysia can expose you to a wide range of lifestyles, religions and communities. This melting pot leads to students gaining invaluable experience unique to Malaysia and possibly learning life skills such as picking up a new language or cultivating new friendships.
Students also gain a global perspective on working, interacting, and living with people from different cultures. This perspective helps inculcates values like hard work, resilience, and tolerance, ultimately creating individuals who are able to adapt to any environment and contribute their vast experience to any organization they join.
Known for its tagline ‘Truly Asia’, Malaysia has long cemented its reputation as one of the world’s top tourist destinations. An eco-tourism hotspot, the country is home to an estimated 20% of the world’s animal species as well as four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Amongst them, Kinabalu National Park boasts one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia. If you are into hiking or simply enjoy looking at the Milky Way in the quiet of the night, this place is for you.
The Malaysian landscape (link to page things to do) is as varied with pristine beaches lining its coast and its biodiversity-rich rainforest offers many adventures to those who seek them. If you are a scuba junkie, islands like Sipadan is perfect for swimming around some of the most colorful coral reefs, fishes, and other rare marine inhabitants.
Malaysia is strategically located as the tourist hotspot in Asia. During semester breaks, you can travel with ease locally (link to things to do) like Langkawi and Redang, or regionally to places like Bali, Phuket, Krabi and Hanoi. Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Bali take only 3 hours, whereby to Krabi takes merely 1 hour 30 minutes.
You can travel to further reaches of the world quickly and rather cheaply. A 5-day trip to Korea including Seoul can be as low as USD 750. A return trip with a 3-night stay to Tokyo from USD 350. Visiting your Indonesian friend’s family while enjoying Bali’s beaches? It can be as low as USD30 for a return trip!
World’s Top Peaceful and Prosperous Country
Malaysia is ranked the third most peaceful country in the world by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) in its 2018 Global Peace Index. It boasts being one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant economies, which is the fruit of decades of industrial growth and political stability. The government has, over the years, successfully implemented a successful development and industrialization of the nation. Today, Malaysia is a confident and vibrant entity that is stable, secure, increasingly prosperous at home, and at peace with its neighbors, all of which are strong foundations to becoming a high-income, innovation-based society.