Malaysia is a country full of natural beauty, separated into East and West by the South China Sea. It has been recognised as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, enabling it to offer a very high quality education system. In recent years, more and more international students are choosing Malaysia as their study destination.
Often referred to as ‘mini Asia’, Malaysia is one of the most prosperous and progressive countries in the world. It is a melting pot of culture and religion. The countries population is made up of various races such as Malays, Chinese, Indians, Dayaks, and Kadazans, all living and working with each other in harmony.
Universities in Malaysia
Universiti Malaya (UM)
This is Malaysia’s oldest and highest ranked university, with it placed 167th in the QS World University Rankings. It is based in central Kuala Lumpur, the main city centre, and has around 21, 000 students studying there. One of the university’s achievements includes being in the top 100 in the world for its subject fields of computer science, engineering and education.
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
IIUM is rapidly becoming a leading international centre of educational excellence. The university’s worldwide reputation and the number of international students it attracts continue to grow at a steady pace. IIUM aims to help restore the dynamic and progressive role of the Muslim Ummah in all branches of knowledge and intellectual discourse.
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
Based in Bangi, this university is ranked 269th in the world with around 22,600 students. They are one of only five research universities within the whole of Malaysia. The university has a wide range of international students, with undergraduates from 35 different countries, making it a top establishment amongst people wanting to study abroad. The top performing subjects here are education, politics, engineering, law and mathematics.
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
This institution is Malaysia’s only university to reach the top 50 in a subject area. It is ranked 28th in the world for its environmental studies. It has three campuses; the main campus on the island of Penang, the health campus in Kelantan and the engineering campus in Nibong Tebal, - altogether they are home to around 28,300 students. In terms of enrolment, it is one of Malaysia’s biggest universities.
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
Specialising in technical studies, it is the oldest public engineering university in the country. It currently has around 20,000 students with its number of foreign students increasing. It is located in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru, the southern city in Iskandar Malaysia, in the south of Peninsular Malaysia.
Why Study Here?
High Quality Education
Heavy investments within the education sector have meant that, as a country, it is catching up with the other Asian higher education leaders, such as China, Japan and Singapore.
Foreign Degree Qualifications
There are foreign campuses situated in Malaysia from, for example, University of Nottingham, Newcastle University and University of Southampton.
High Quality of Life
Malaysia is able to offer good healthcare and good student campuses. It also has reliable transport, having the best expressway network in South East Asia alongside buses and taxis, making it easy to travel around the city as well as around the country.
In 2011 Malaysia was ranked the 19th most peaceful country, and has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. It is one of the safest countries and is politically stable.
Due to all the different cultures and nationalities, Malaysia has a variety of different foods on offer. This ranges from Asian dishes to Western influences such as McDonalds and Starbucks.
Alongside the modern cities, Malaysia is still full of lots of natural beauty. These include beaches, rainforests, mountains, rivers and caves amongst other things. There are so many places to go and visit and sights to see that you might not ever get the chance to see again.
Lots of different people, from all sorts of cultures flock to visit Malaysia, therefore giving you the perfect opportunity to learn new things and experience all of these different cultures in one go.
No Language Barrier
English is widely used in Malaysia so there is unlikely to be any difficulty in communicating with locals and other students.
Due to the conversion rate, Malaysia is quite a bit cheaper than studying in other countries, for example Australia, America or some European countries. This means that you are able to live inexpensively, allowing you to have more money to travel and experience the country.
Malaysia has a good climate, with no threat of any major natural disasters.
There is a 100% visa pass rate for people wishing to study at a Malaysian university.
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