Malaysia continues to rank well for having well-rounded universities and today, it has 11 in the technical education, management, and defense fields. 53 of them are private foreign universities offering world-class qualification and campuses.
The pool of private universities has grown primarily because of the country’s continuous effort to propel the country into the orbit of top countries with excellent educational systems. Courses offered help provide individuals with holistic and integrated educational experiences, hence, students are trained beyond academia. They become more emotionally, spiritually and physically balanced. It’s been shown that such individuals are more competent and better at decision-making not just in the workplace but also in society, family and country.
After some shuffling in the government, in 2015, the Ministry of Higher Education was re-established to boost efficiency in the labour market. As a natural after-effect, the well-trained new blood graduates is set to speed up the country’s economic growth.
At the tertiary level, the industry is highly competitive. Students who have completed high school can pursue ‘A’ Levels, certificate, diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate, degree, master, and Ph.D. at their own will.
Since the early 1990s, Malaysia kept the door open to foreign students who wish to pursue their tertiary education at any of Malaysia’s higher educational institutions. The country rose the ranks quickly and has become the 11th most popular in the world for international tertiary education.
The Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013 – 2025 was designed to help Malaysia achieve its goals on becoming a country that offers top-quality education that stays true to international best practices. Each university and college abide by set rules to ensure students are prepared for their future.
While there are many reasons why Malaysia is a magnet for international students, it’s versatility, low cost of living, affordable tuition fees, and English being a medium for classes are reasons international students make Malaysia their choice. Public universities, however, continue to use the national language, Bahasa Malaysia, as their medium of communication. You can also read more about the reasons why international students should consider studying in Malaysia here.
At a pre-tertiary level, Malaysian students are required to pass English to receive their school-leaving certificate. This defining move has helped propel Malaysian students and workers as multi-lingual and highly effective leaders.
Malaysia provides both public and private education to both Malaysian and international students and the options are endless. We can divide them into two clear and concise categories:
- Public higher educational institutions which include public universities, polytechnics, and community colleges
- Private universities and colleges which includes local universities, university-colleges, private colleges, and foreign university branch campuses
To ensure both public and private higher education sector upholds world-class standards, the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) was established. Since its inception in 2007, MQA holds the key to setting the minimum standard to be observed by Malaysian higher education providers. MQA is also entrusted to implement the national framework known as the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF).
The framework sets the tone for higher educational institutions and accreditation programmes and qualifications.
It is a standard that all Malaysian higher educational institutions have to observe and toe. The framework also helps ensure all programmes offered under the Malaysian system remains competitive and attractive to both local and international students. The framework worked wonders to streamline the quality of education in Malaysia.
Top Ranking universities
Each university or college has its own strengths and weaknesses and we’ll focus on 5 private universities in this article.
- HELP University – This higher educational institution is a well-known one in Malaysia, having established itself as a leader after winning the Brand Laureate Award for Tertiary Education from 2011 to 2012. Its programs allow students to transfer to any of the university’s partner universities all around the world. HELP is known for its excellent courses in law, psychology, and early childhood education
Add: 15, Jalan Semantan, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
- Monash University Malaysia – Monash, an Australian-based higher educational learning centre, offers its prestigious Australian degree programs in Malaysia at its beautiful campus. Known for its excellent track record in business, pharmacy and engineering (ranked within the top 100 by the Times Higher Education World Ranking), graduates from Monash University are highly sought-after in the workforce. Monash is also big on cultural and student exchange programmes, encouraging and preparing students for cross-cultural experiences before entering the labour market
Add: 15, Jalan Semantan, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
- Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) – It’s a well-known fact that aspiring doctors face sometimes seemingly insurmountable obstacles with studying medicine in a foreign country. NUMed, however, closes the gap by bringing the world-class MBBS degree into Malaysia. This makes studying medicine in Malaysia far more affordable and accessible. NUMed also has a highly focused research centre which focuses on epidemiology, biomarkers, cancer, and other non-communicable diseases. What more, the degrees are equivalent to the ones offered by its UK campus
Add: 79200 Gelang Patah, Johor
- Sunway University – Established in 1987, Sunway University remains to be one of the most recognised universities in Malaysia. Its campus in Subang Jaya received an upgrade in 2015 and students can now enjoy exceptional 21st-century facilities and amenities for a better quality student life. Equipped with Bus Rapid Transit system and a cozy canopy walk, students can enjoy surrounding facilities and establishments within a short walking distance. The university has tied up with prestigious US, Australian, and French educational institution, providing its students, local and international alike, with a more robust and well-rounded roster of programmes.
Add: 5, Jalan Universiti, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
- Taylor’s University – When we talk about top-ranking universities in Malaysia, it’s hard to leave Taylor’s University out of the picture. One of the oldest and most established in the country, its 5-star rating and the Putra Brand Awards 2010 to 2015 Gold Winner in Education & Learning were well-earned accolades. It has a global network of partnership with private institutions from all over the world and boasts of a stellar record of helping connect their students (over 97% of its graduates gain employment within the first six months after graduation) to renowned organisations and corporations. Taylor’s also has a strong connection with countless universities in the United States of America, Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and many more.
Add: 1, Jalan Taylors, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Foreign Students in Malaysia
A primary reason Malaysia seems to attract a vast number of international students is because of the standards set out by both its public and private higher educational institutions. The country has formed affiliations, partnerships and is home to campus from universities like Curtin University, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, University of Southampton Malaysia Campus, Heriot-Watt University, University of Reading Malaysia, Xiamen University Malaysia, SEA Institute Australia, Raffles Design Institute Singapore, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and University College Dublin Malaysia Campus.
During the Going Global 2018 Conference, Secretary-General of the Higher Education Ministry, Tan Sri, Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, reiterated the country’s plan as we set off towards our 2025 goal by stating that Malaysia is well on its way to achieving its target to enroll 250,000 international students in Malaysia by 2025.
“Currently, we have achieved 170,000 students from over 135 countries. They are from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa,” she said. She said the Malaysia Higher Education accessibility has improved significantly from 14% in the eighties to over 44% in 2016” – Redesigning Malaysia’s Higher Education System (TheStar)
Malaysian universities are also known for rolling out a more holistic approach to academia and excellence. Apart from imparting knowledge about industry know-how, its students receive guidance so that they have better social responsibility, leadership and critical thinking skills, ability to work in a team, problem-solving skills, entrepreneurial skills, values, ethics, and effective communication.
Hence, students who graduate from Malaysian universities are better prepared for the world ahead of them and perform better under stressful situations.
Combined with an ever-growing economy, international students can expect to enjoy fantastic opportunities as a student and worker after university or college.
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