1. Malaysia is the 11th most preferred education destination in the world
In ensuring that the quality of education in Malaysia is competitive and up to par with the international standards, all education institutions in Malaysia are monitored by Malaysia Qualification Agency (MQA) and the Ministry of Education.
Malaysia offers a wide array of courses and programmes that are internationally recognised and it also has a number of universities that are branched from reputable foreign institutions like University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) and Monash University (Australia).
2. English is the primary source medium of instruction for all courses in tertiary education
Although the Malay language is the national language of Malaysia, English is spoken by approximately more than half of the population. In fact, most courses in tertiary education and international school are taught in English. Hence, you certainly do not have to be worried about not being able to communicate here.
3. ‘Most Affordable Cities for Students’ in 2016 and 2017
While Malaysia did not manage to retain its crown for third consecutive years (only falling behind Budapest), Kuala Lumpur did climb four spots in 2018, placing 37th in the Best Student Cities Survey. Generally, the living cost and tuition fees in Malaysia are relatively low when compared to other countries.
4. The country hosts more than 175,000 international students
In the effort of making Malaysia an international education hub, the government has established two higher education zones namely EduCity Iskandar in Johor and Kuala Lumpur Education City in Kuala Lumpur. As of now, it is estimated that 1 out of 10 students in Malaysia are international students.
5. Malaysia’s foods are voted Top 6 in the world
As a country with diverse ethnicity, food is something that Malaysians really pride themselves on. It’s never hard to find food, what’s hard is to decide what food to eat because there are just too many to choose from. In fact, Malaysians are so passionate about our food that some restaurants are opened 24/7 (i.e. Mamak place).
The country’s favourite dishes include nasi lemak, laksa, roti canai, rendang, satay, banana leaf rice and Hainanese chicken rice.
6. We are the 5th most peaceful country in the Asia Pacific
And the 25th most peaceful country in the world, according to the most recent Global Peace Index Survey.
7. It is super easy to adapt in Malaysia
Generally, Malaysia’s weather is warm and humid. So often, light and thin attires are enough to survive here. Nevertheless, make sure that you are aware of the appropriate dress code for houses of worship and local ceremonies.
8. The quality of living is the 2nd best in Southeast Asia
With an extensive transportation line and great motorway especially in the Klang Valley area, commuting around is easy. Other than the fact that it boasts the title the ‘Best Healthcare in the World in 2019’, the country is also heading towards becoming a developed country, noted by its massive developmental infrastructure plans.
9. Cheap air travel fare
With more than twenty low-cost carriers across the Southeast Asia region alone, travelling is no longer reserved for the few. Malaysia’s own AirAsia especially is one of the savviest airlines out there, being named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the 10th year in a row, as of 2018.
10. Abundant of student support for international students
All international schools and tertiary education institutions in Malaysia has the International Student Office to guide students in matters such as immigration, visa, accommodation, liaison within the school or campus department, and etc,. Most of the time, they should be able to assist you should you have any enquiries in mind.
11. A melting pot of culture and heritage
A multi-ethnic country, Malaysia is made up of Malays, Chinese, Indians, as well as Eurasians and more than 50 groups of indigenous tribes. And thanks to this diversity, you have a lot of opportunities to learn about new cultures and languages. To make things better, the government had also set aside around 15 public holidays to cater to all major celebrations in Malaysia.
What are you waiting for? Take a leap of faith and invest in your education in Malaysia!