To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia - a bubbling, bustling melting-pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Our multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It's no wonder that we love celebrating and socialising. As a people, Malaysians are very relaxed, warm and friendly.
Geographically, Malaysia is almost as diverse as its culture. 11 states and 2 federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) form Peninsular Malaysia which is separated by the South China Sea from East Malaysia which includes the 2 states (Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo) and a third federal territory, the island of Labuan.
Rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.
Malaysia is a tropical holiday destination, where temperatures fluctuate between 25 and 35 degrees during the year. It is usually very hot and humid, especially in the major cities. Often due to haze warm air is trapped inside the cities, which results in very warm temperatures. It is less hot on the many islands surrounding Malaysia, mainly due to the cool breezes. It is also less hot in the 'highlands' of Malaysia; here you can enjoy cooler temperatures that never exceed 25 degrees.
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 Education, which has the vision to turn Malaysia into a Centre of Excellence for Higher Education.
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 Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education are dedicated to ensuring high academic standards in the country. The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) under the Ministry of Higher Education is a quality assurance body responsible for monitoring and overseeing the quality assurance practices and accreditation of national higher education. 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.
Long-term & Short-term Education - The international community will find Malaysia an ideal destination for all levels of education. Choose from long-term programmes such as Diplomas, Bachelor's, Master's and Postgraduate Degrees, or short-term English language courses, summer/motivation camps as well as homestays with the locals. In Malaysia, international and local students are able to get foreign degree qualifications from universities in Australia, US, UK, France, Canada, etc. through twinning and 3+0 degrees, as well as foreign university campuses that are already setup in Malaysia. Through such programmes, students are able to obtain world-class education at a much lower cost. Students can enrol in private and international schools, or opt for expatriate schools where they can continue with the syllabi of their respective countries. Studying here is also an ideal option for families that participate in the Malaysia My Second Home programme or health and wellness packages in Malaysia.
The Local Universities are Getting Better - 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.
Primary Education - Only primary school education is compulsory in Malaysia, where multilingual public schools, private schools and home educators co-exist side by side. Following unregulated preschool education a child enters primary school at age 7 for a period of 6 years. Following schooling in the community language of their choice they must sit for their primary school achievement test in order to qualify to study further.
Secondary Education - There is no identified middle school period although secondary education is divided into 2 phases. Following the first 3 years of general education students write for their lower certificate of education. Thereafter they enter either the arts or the science stream according to personal choice and teacher advice for 2 years. Once in that stream though, switching opportunities are limited. Following this latter period, they may complete 6th form, or study for a further 2 years for matriculation exemption.
Vocational Education - The department of skills development oversees the establishment and operation of all public and private training institutions. It has developed almost 1,000 standards for certificate, diploma and advanced diploma training, and is rolling more out in approximately 20 identified key areas.
Tertiary Education - Controversy continues to surround heavily subsidized Malaysian tertiary education because of tight quotas that protect the racial majority. Some progress has been made in the direction of a greater meritocracy though, and in the interim disadvantaged students have the opportunity of enrolling at private or foreign branch universities.The University of Malaya, which evolved from the Federated Malay States Government Medical School founded in 1905 is the oldest functioning tertiary institution in the country. Academic staff exceed 2,500 based at 3 campuses.
Estimated cost for Bachelor's Degree Programme in Malaysia:
|Accommodation||USD 204.32 to USD 628.74|
|Meals for Two||USD 11.29|
|Sports And Leisure||USD 34.27|
|Utilities (Water, Electricity, Internet etc.)||USD 77.18|
|Public Transport Monthly Pass||USD 22.58|