Thursday, June 27, 2013

Studying in Malaysia

Malaysia in recent years has been investing heavily in transforming itself into a coveted destination for higher education.
Recent estimates indicate that Malaysia is the world’s 11th largest exporter of educational services and currently more than 90,000 international students from 100 different countries study in Malaysia. However, the government of Malaysia wants this number to increase substantially as it would like to have 200,000 international students studying in the country by 2020.
Attractiveness of Malaysia as a destination for higher education
Malaysia offers high quality of education which is comparable to international standards The Malaysian education sector is closely monitored and regulated by the Malaysian Ministries of Education.
Malaysia offers a wide selection of courses and fees for courses are also quite competitive. Moreover international students are also allowed to work part-time (a maximum of 20 hours) while studying full time for their degree courses in Malaysia.
The process of acquiring a visa to study in Malaysia is relatively hassle-free and facile for international students.
Malaysia offers a wide range of study options as it is home to several well regarded local universities as well as branches of various international universities. The country’s highest ranking universities, which feature in 2012/13 QS World University Rankings include institutions like Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, ), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia and the International Islamic University Malaysia. All these above mentioned universities feature among the top 500 universities in the world.
As for branch universities of international schools, the UK’s University of Nottingham and Monash University of Australia operate branch campuses in Malaysia. Additionally Educity, a huge campus which is currently under construction in the new township of Iskandar  in Southern Malaysia, will when it is completed, host outposts of eight foreign-run universities.
Most private universities in Malaysia offer a twinning 2+1 degree option. This unique feature has been in existence for over two decades now and provides students with the option of doing part of their degree in Malaysia and the other half in a foreign country. By way of this method, students have the chance to acquiring a degree which is accredited by a prestigious university in an established destination for higher education. Naturally the student outlay for such a degree is also lower than if it was undertaken in a foreign country. Some universities even offer the 3+0 option whereby the entire accredited degree is conducted in Malaysia at a substantially lower cost.
Affordable living expenses also render Malaysia as an attractive destination for students. The cost of living off campus or on campus in Malaysia is quite affordable compared to various other established centers of higher living. On average, a student can expect to pay between from RM 12,000 to RM17, 000 (USD3430 - USD4860) per year as living expenses in Malaysia.
English is widely spoken in Malaysia, so international students find it easy to acclimatize to their new studying conditions. Moreover students who have a desire to learn or improve their English also have much opportunity to do so.
As an International student in Malaysia, you have the chance to interact with a vibrant international student body which currently features more than 90,000 students hailing from more than 100 countries around the globe.
Malaysia is a relatively safe country with low levels of serious crime. Moreover it is governed by a stable government and is economically sound. Additionally, the country is situated in a relatively safe geographical zone and is largely shielded from natural disasters.
Malaysia is a dynamic, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural country. Most Malaysians are warm and friendly people who enjoy welcoming international guests to experience and enjoy their country.
If the above listing has piqued your interest,  and perhaps you  are seriously considering Malaysia as a destination for higher education, then do visit the website of the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education to gain more information on the benefits of  choosing Malaysia as a destination for higher education.

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