Malaysia is a vibrant country with 30 million people, located in the centre of South East Asia. Being diverse in culture with plenty of natural resources, the country offers beautiful beaches, unique festivals, and delicious cuisine. For sure you wouldn’t want to miss that!
Why choose study in Malaysia
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Malaysia's rich culture – due to the major and minor ethnicities living in the country – is one of the main reasons why it is one of the best destinations for those who want to study abroad. As of 2015, as many as 63,625 international students were interested in continuing their education in Malaysia. The cost of living is also lower as compared to other countries – with a wide variety of foods, accommodation, and recreational activities you can do.
You can get a US, UK and Australian degree there
A major part of Malaysia's state investment in higher education is its growing partnerships with universities in other countries. Many foreign universities, especially Australian and British, have branch campuses in Malaysia. For example, Monash University (Australia) and the University of Nottingham (UK), both of which are in the top 100 universities in the world, have branch campuses in Malaysia. KBU International College is partnered with Anglia Ruskin, Nottingham Trent and Sheffield Hallam universities in the UK.1 At a lower cost. While an undergraduate course at the UK Campus of the University of Nottingham would cost £13,470, the same course at the Malaysia campus would cost just under half as much (39,990MYR/approximately £7,000). The course is the same module content, has the same evaluation criteria and the same marking scheme which results in receiving the same degree with the same status, but at a significantly lower cost.
Also, take into consideration that the cost of living in Malaysia in comparison to that of the UK is considerably lower too, which means your maintenance costs are less of a financial burden too.
It's a win-win situation.
It needs skilled graduates. With certain industries on the rise and a growing economy, Malaysia is in need of skilled workers. Industry makes up a significant part of the country’s GDP with oil, gas and palm oil making leaps and bounds in the export markets. In addition, there is a particular demand for graduates in accounting, biotechnology and computer science sectors. Being able to witness the development of these industries will keep you ahead of the game as well as having the opportunity to network with the all-important contacts to help get your first steps on the career ladder.
Explore Malaysia Life
Freedom of speech is a privilege, not a right.
The government directly and indirectly controls almost all the media. Occasional voices of dissension are heard in online news outlets, but the internet is strictly monitored. Websites critical of the government are routinely blocked and it is not uncommon for people to be arrested for an indiscreet Tweet or Facebook post. Anything deemed critical of Islam is not tolerated and many Malaysian Muslims are increasingly moving away from a moderate stance, calling for laws that will allow stricter penalties for crimes, including whipping and amputation of hands.
Healthcare is almost free.
With a network of government hospitals and clinics, healthcare is accessible and affordable for almost everyone. Malaysia also boasts world-class private hospitals. Dentistry is also very reasonably priced. It’s summer all year long.
Being close to the equator, Malaysia’s climate is very stable with little seasonal variation apart from the monsoons, which affect different parts of the country at different times of the year. The average daily temperature hovers between 30 and 34 degrees Celsius with swelteringly high humidity levels. From this safe distance, it is actually possible to miss soft Irish weather and becomes easy to understand why Malaysians spend so much time hanging out in air-conditioned shopping malls.
Malaysians love food.
Since the weather so rarely changes, people don’t talk about it in the same way the Irish do. Instead Malaysians talk about food. Malaysian’s are very proud of their culinary heritage, and rightly so. Each ethnicity has its own specialties, but their recipes also influence each other to a greater or lesser extent. There are street-side food stalls and food courts everywhere and eating out is very affordable. The dark side of this is that not all the food is healthy. For many Malaysians, sugar is a food-group and deep-frying is often the default method of cooking. More than 45 percent of Malaysians are obese, topping the rankings in South East Asia.