Recognition of Malaysian Education Qualifications across the World

Edmates Editorial Team

Offering a wide range of degrees, masters and qualifications, Malaysian universities are fast gaining ground as one of the most recognised and respected. Find out more!
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Malaysian Degree Recognition Around The World

Starting from Kindergarten to University, educational qualifications completed in Malaysia are recognised throughout the world for good reasons. Malaysian public schools run their own government-based programs and higher education are acknowledged in most parts of the world as a legitimate and respected school-leaving certification. 

The Malaysian educational scene, hence, covers from one end of the spectrum to the other. 

It encompasses:

  • Montessori and Thematic Integrated Curriculum
  • Child Enrichment Centre (CEC) from R.E.A.L Kids
  • Multicultural community programs from over countless countries in one school campus to encourage acceptance, inclusiveness and social interaction
  • Faith-based homeschooling educational programs like AOP and ACE
  • Cambridge Primary Checkpoints with international benchmarks
  • SAT/New SAT
  • GRE
  • ACT
  • BMAT
  • ICA
  • Special programmes for slow learners

The Malaysian Ministry of Education (MOE) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) keep educational institutions well oiled and on their toes by verifying accreditation and assurance of top-quality programmes. 

MWA Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Dr Rahmah Mohamed, reiterated time and again that verifying the vast array of educational programmes in Malaysia is a top priority for his ministry. 

Acknowledging that every country has its own benchmarks for education, he encourages local and international students to check degrees offered before signing up for it. You can check out the MQA website for the latest list.

International Recognition

The MOE launched e-Scroll, a University Degree Issuance and Verification System, in their bid to oust fake degrees. The reason is simple – it intends to make authenticating genuine qualifications easier and more seamless. This is particularly important for international students who are not familiar with the educational system in Malaysia. 

At the point of this article, the system is led by the International Islamic University Malaysia who shook hands with six universities in Malaysia thus far and it aims to sign on with many more. The Higher Education Department director-general, Datin Paduka Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir, remarked that the universities have agreed to adopt the e-Scroll system to integrate better checks and balances.

Global Partnerships

Most schools, colleges, and universities in Malaysia form alliances and affiliations with educational organisations from another country before adopting and offering their courses locally to both its citizens and international students. Through these affiliations, courses offered in the country of origin is also offered in the Malaysian campus.

For instance, studying in Monash University Malaysia is almost the same as completing your degree in the Australian campus, syllabus-wise. The only marked difference is the size and luxury of the original campus thanks to funding from its government. While they consider the campus in Australia a part of the government entity, the one in Malaysia is privately run. 

Many students, however, note that studying in Malaysia could be more culturally appealing and less costly.


The Malaysian government monitors and lists accredited programmes in the country via Higher Education Provider (HEP) which maintains a list of colleges, universities and other educational institutions. Inclusion into the list ensures that the colleges and universities meet with requirements stated under the HEP requirements of Malaysia. 

Many of the courses offered by Malaysian colleges and universities carry weight because of their accreditation status with partner universities overseas, qualification of its teachers, comprehensiveness of its courses, and luxurious campuses. 

MQA ensures all higher learning educational programs in Malaysia are held up to global standards and are fit not just for the future of the country’s younger generation but are also accepted by establishments the world over.

The Malaysian Education Blueprint

The Malaysian education blueprint 2015 – 2025 continues to hold water, the government recently revealed. It recognises the need for the Malaysian education sector, especially higher education, needs to keep evolving due to the rapid changes in global trends. 

What used to be true in the 1990s are no longer so today, thanks to disruptive technologies like the advancements of artificial intelligence, computing, the Internet of Things, and rampant automation of knowledge and work. 

The blueprint intends to keep colleges and universities accountable for incorporating the latest and most relevant courses to prepare youths who are enrolled in their courses for a complex and ever-changing future. The workplace is now in dire need to professions that never existed before.

So, if you’re asking if Malaysian education is any good and if it is recognised, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.

On A Global Stage

At this point, five of Malaysian’s universities rank among the top universities in Asia, including Universiti Malaya, the country’s oldest and most recognised university.The education ministry in Malaysia aspires to climb the ranks in three respects:

  • Quality of graduates
  • Quality of institutions
  • Quality of the overall system

First on the agenda, the education department hopes to increase the employment rate of its graduates from 75% to above 80% by 2025. This can be done, first, by raising its U21 ranking for research output and reach to climb the ranks to become one of the world’s top 25. 

One way would be to produce students with more than just paper qualifications; it envisions its students to be effective communicators, people with critical thinking and problem-solving skills, emotionally intelligent, workers unafraid of failure, competitive, resilient, confident and good leaders while having a firm grasp on cultural diversity. 

The commitment of the Malaysian government is shown by the fact that the country pours up to 7.7% of its budget into expanding its educational sector. The commitment, as noted by UNESCO, is one of the highest amongst its peers which includes Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Chile, and Mexico.


Malaysia is a country that is always active in promoting and improving the competitiveness of its higher education institutions and the courses they offer. A quick check with Conference in Malaysia will reveal the host of conferences regularly held in major cities all around the country.

These conferences offer the chance for students to meet with potential higher learning centres, find out more about the programmes universities in Malaysia offer, and also for researchers and educators to voice their opinion and thoughts to see if weather-worn servile ways of the old should be changed to make way for modern contemporary ones. 

We, after all, live in a world akin to a pendulum that continues to swing one way then another. And the standard of education in Malaysia is always ready to embrace change, and that’s what makes Malaysian qualification recognised the world over.

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