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YB Dr Maszlee Bin Malik

Minister of Education Malaysia

Malaysia is fast becoming the first choice for higher education by many international students. The country has much to offer—quality education, affordable fees, a comparatively low cost of living, vibrant diversity and heritage, and not forgetting our vast array of food choices and world class entertainment. Students can also enjoy a variety of activities all year round, from sunny beaches to the oldest rainforest in the world, there's plenty to explore beyond academic pursuits. The warm-hearted people of Malaysia and its colourful heritage are also plus points that add to the wonderful experience of international students.

Malaysia has made it its goal to establish the country as an international education hub by promoting a values-driven and globally relevant education to students around the globe. We anticipate increased autonomy at universities in the near future and the introduction of academic programmes such as forums and debates to promote the sharing of knowledge. In addition, students can look forward to an education that has a balance of quality and affordability, a good quality of life and rich cultural experiences. With these goals in mind, we aim to welcome 250,000 international students in Malaysia by 2025.

There are many types of higher learning institutions in Malaysia to choose from. Public and private universities and university colleges offer their own qualifications from certificate to postgraduate levels in different areas of study; and are active in research, development and commercialisation undertakings. Furthermore, there are nine foreign university branch campuses in Malaysia where you can earn a foreign degree from the UK, Ireland, Australia or China, right here in Malaysia! There are also private colleges that have had a long tradition of offering a range of study options in various fields. Founded as early as the 1950s, these private colleges offer innovative programmes such as twinning and transfer degree programmes from universities in the UK, Australia, the US, New Zealand, Canada, and others.

In the past decades, several of our higher education institutions have improved their global rankings. For example, University of Malaya (UM) has been ranked 70th in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (QS-WUR) 2020. This is in line with the quest for global excellence in higher education. Students can be assured that the higher education institutions in Malaysia are committed to growing from strength to strength.

I would like to welcome all international students who are considering Malaysia for their higher education. Complementing the government’s efforts in promoting education in Malaysia are The Study in Malaysia Handbook (11th International Edition) published by Challenger Concept, and the web-portal – these are indispensable tools for all students when exploring options on where and what to study in Malaysia.

YB Dr Maszlee Malik

Source: Study in Malaysia Handbook 7th Edition
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