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A glance at higher education in Malaysia 2016

by StudyMalaysia on October 4, 2016 | Top Stories

A glance at higher education in Malaysia 2016

From higher rankings to an increase in international student enrolment, Malaysia continues to strive towards becoming an international hub for education

QS University Rankings Asia 2016

QS University Rankings Asia 2016


# of private higher education institutions


# of private universities


# of private university colleges


# of foreign university branch campuses


# of private colleges

State with highest number of private education institutions


Private universities: 21
Private university colleges: 6
Foreign university branch campuses: 3
Private colleges: 103


# of new private higher education institutions approved in 2015


(and Germany) have the most balanced portfolio of national policies supporting international higher education according to a British Council survey

Top reasons why international students choose Malaysia according to UNESCO study

  • Quality (value-for-money)
  • Cost (affordability)
  • Cultural comfort
  • Language of instruction
  • Quality of life

Number of international students


Public universities: 31,926
Private universities: 93,158
Private/Int. school : 28,244


Targeted number of international students by 2020

Promoting mobility programmes

Exemption of pre-arrival health screening for students registered in universities from 14 countries:

UK, USA, Japan, Korea and Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey

Kuala Lumpur


Most affordable city in the world for students



Most preferred education destination in the world according to UNESCO (2014)

Enhanced higher education procedure

International students are allowed to apply for their student pass directly from EMGS effective 15 March, 2016

International student passes will be issued for the duration of study as specified by the institution

Employment pass will be extended to international graduates in critical and high technology areas for a period not exceeding 2 years

Note: All data are correct as at 30 June 2016.

Source: Ministry of Higher Education, ‘Designing the best education Malaysian deserve’ at Majlis Perjumpaan YB Menteri Pendidikan Tinggi Bersama Ketua-Ketua Eksekutif IPTS – 1 Ogos 2016

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