Malaysia is a nation of different races, culture & religion. It is in the heart of Southeast Asia. It comprises of two distinct area West & East Malaysia. The total land area is approximately 329,758 km and is separated by sea by 40 miles. East Malaysia consist of federal territory & two large states Sabah & Sarawak. West Malaysia consist of 11 states & 2 federal territories. The capital of Malaysia is Kuala lumpur.
The climate is warm & humid throughout the year. Temperature is 30 C during day & 22 C at night. Bahasa is national language but Mandarin, English & Tamil is widely used. Malaysia is known as Asia's food paradise. A place to have huge varieties of cuisines which includes vegetarian to western.
The local currency in Ringgit 1 RM = INR 14. Malaysia is largest exporter in world for manufactured products like electrical goods, natural gas, rubber etc. Malaysia has become a very knowledge based society with high tech infrastructure and major International IT development.
The Malaysian Government is determined to make Malaysia a regional and international centre of education excellence by ensuring that the higher educational institutions offer quality education which is the key factor to becoming a centre of educational excellence. These institutions will ensure the high quality and integrity of the programs and courses taught by ascertaining that the content of the programs and courses, especially for technology and science-related subjects, are always up-to-date and relevant to the market’s needs.
Malaysia has grown tremendously and has become a more developed country over the years since her independence 48 years ago. It has soared like an eagle, evolving into a high technology nation with her own Silicon Valley and, her many high technology buildings, some of which were built to depict the rich heritage of Malaysia, like the Petronas Twin Towers. Malaysia has experienced a steady economic progression and rapid infrastructural development of which Malaysians are truly proud.
There are over 700 private higher educational institutions and Universities in Malaysia. Many American and British Universities have set up their campuses in Malaysia for Malaysian as well as international students who wish to study in Malaysia at a lower cost.
All these universities and courses are approved by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. All courses approved by a country's Ministry of Higher Education stand approved by any other country's Ministry of Higher Education world-wide
In the Malaysian education structure, there are six categories of educational institutions which are governed by two Ministries, namely:
At Pre-tertiary Level (The governing authority of pre-tertiary schools is the Ministry of Education)
Government and Private Sector Kindergartens - follow the National Pre-school Curriculum
Government Schools - follow the Malaysian National Curriculum & National Examination
Government-aided Schools - follow the Malaysian National Curriculum & National Examination
Private Schools - follow the Malaysian National Curriculum & National Examination
Foreign System Schools - i.e. international schools and expatriate schools International schools follow an international curriculum and use English as its medium of instruction while expatriate schools follow the national educational system of other countries using the respective national language of these countries as the medium of instruction. These schools are not bound by the Education Act 1996 but are under the supervision of the Ministry of Education.
At Tertiary Level (The governing authority of higher educational institutions is the Ministry of Higher Education)
Government-funded - public universities, polytechnics and colleges
Private Higher Educational Institutions (i.e. institutions not funded by government), which include:
1) non-university status institutions such as private colleges
2) university status institutions such as private universities
3) foreign university branch campuses e.g. Monash University Malaysia and The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
(English is the medium of instruction in most of the private higher educational institutions)
Tunku Abdul Rehman University.
INTI International University
Manipal International University.
Limkok Wing University.
Optima International College.
Heriot Watt University.