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About Malaysia

Destination Malaysia, a virtual guide to the country in Southeast Asia that was formerly known as "Malaya". Malaysia consists of two geographical regions divided by the South China Sea: the peninsular Malaysia (or West Malaysia) on the Malay Peninsula bordered by Thailand on the north, and Malaysian Borneo (or East Malaysia) located on the northern part of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia and surrounding the Sultanate of Brunei.

Why Study In Malaysia

Malaysia offers a wide range of study options that are more cost-friendly than other countries in the world. With strong support from the Government of Malaysia and qualifications from world-renowned university partners, the nation's education arena today ensures students can reap maximum benefits for their future career path. Malaysia is moving into the next stage of its economic development and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. It has the ability to provide a career orientated courses in its higher education institutions. Most of the education institutions have strong links and networks with the professional workplaces to maintain its relevancy for its graduates in the market place. The low living cost in Malaysia is one of the big factors of increasing interest of students choosing Malaysia as their study destination.

Cost of Living
Affordable living expenses, which can be as low as RM12,000.00 (USD3,750) per year. The affordable cost of tertiary quality education is one of the good reasons why international students should choose Malaysia to study in. Your education cost is made up of course fees which include tuition fees and other study fees payable to the institution, depending on what you are studying and the duration of your course/study programme, and other components like the living expenses which will depend on which location you are staying in, your type of accommodation and your lifestyle.

Working Part-time While Studying In Malaysia
International students are also allowed to work part-time (maximum 20 hours per week during semester breaks or holidays of more than 7 days) while studying full-time in Malaysia, subject to immigration requirements. For further information about the immigration procedures and student pass, kindly contact the Immigration Department in Malaysia.

Understanding the Education System

Education is the responsibility of the Government and it is committed to providing a sound education to all. The Malaysian education system encompasses education beginning from pre-school to university. Pre-tertiary education (pre-school to secondary education) is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education (MOE) while tertiary or higher education is the responsibility of the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). The vision of the Government is to make Malaysia a centre of educational excellence.

Primary and Secondary Education
Primary education (a period of 6 years) and secondary education (5 years which encompasses 3 years of lower secondary and 2 years of upper secondary) make up 11 years of free education.
The admission age to the first year of primary education is seven. Primary schooling is mandatory for all children between the ages of 7 and 12. Students sit for common public examinations at the end of primary, lower secondary and upper secondary levels.

Post-Secondary Education
Upon completion of secondary education, students can opt to pursue 1 to 2 years ofpost-secondary education. This is the university entrance preparatory course. In total, the 12 years of school education serves as the basic entry requirement into Year One of a bachelor’s degree programme in higher educational institutions.

Tertiary Education
At tertiary education level, institutions of higher learning offer courses leading to the awards of certificate, diploma, first degree and higher degree qualifications (at academic and professional fields). The duration of study for a basic bachelor degree programme is 3 years and the courses of study at this level are provided by both the public and private education sectors, attracting many international students.

Tertiary education providers consist of two major groups:

Public (government-funded) institutions of higher learning, for example, public universities, polytechnics, community colleges and teacher training institutes.

Private (private-funded) higher educational institutions (PHEIs), for example, private universities, private university colleges, foreign branch campus universities and private colleges.

Government-funded Educational Institutions
The Government provides more than 95% of primary and secondary education as well as about 60% of the tertiary education, with the private sector providing the balance.

Private-funded Educational Institutions
The private education providers in Malaysia can be broadly grouped into 2 categories, depending on the levels of education offered, ranging from pre-school to tertiary education. These two categories of private institutions are :

Private Educational Institutions (PEIs) which provide education at preschool, primary and secondary levels. They comprise private schools and foreign system schools.

Private Higher Educational Institutions (PHEIs) which provide tertiary education leading to the awarding of certificate, diploma and degree qualifications.

Academic Calendar

University courses run from early March to late November. The year is divided into two semesters. However, some institutions offer a trimester system and/or run summer schools from December to February. The Universities Australia website provides a list of university semester dates.

Undergraduate and postgraduate by coursework students enroll for their courses at the beginning of the year. Australian universities do allow enrollment in mid-year (around July) for certain courses. Commencement dates can vary, depending on the course.

Students studying towards a Doctoral Degree or other postgraduate research awards may be able to negotiate an alternative starting date with their study supervisor.

Foundation studies have student intakes at several times during the year.

Useful Links

Malaysian Qualifications Agency
www.mqa.gov.my

Education Malaysia

www.educationmalaysia.gov.my

Tourism Malaysia
www.tourism.gov.my

Malaysia Government Official Website

www.malaysia.gov.my

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

www.kln.gov.my
 
Region South-Eastern Asia
Currency Ringgit (MYR)
Surface Area 330803
Sq. Km.
Population 27468000
Population Density 83.0 / square kilometre
Capital City Kuala Lumpur
GDP (million current US$) 191356
GDP per capita (current US$) 6966.5
CPI: Consumer Price Index 122
Temperature °C (min/max) 23.2/32.4
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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