Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country. Amongst the total population of 30 million, roughly 65 percent is ethnically Malay, 25% is Malaysian Chinese, and 8% is Malaysian Indians. Although official and national language is Malay, English remains an active second language and is widely used, reflecting the fact that Malaysia was once territory of the former British Empire.
Malaysia is known as a Regional Hub for higher education and has been attracting international students globally due largely to the fact that it provides high quality of higher education with reasonable investment.
Higher education system in Malaysia is basically similar to the one in England. There are more than 20 public universities that include Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology, which is founded by the government of Malaysia and the government of Japan. It also has over 50 private universities and colleges, and nearly 10 branch campuses of British/Australian universities. Public schools have advantage in rich faculties and departments in particular study of Asian countries and Islamic world. On the other hand, private universities tend to have strengths in practical study, and many of them offer collaborative education program with universities in English-speaking countries such as UK and Australia. Therefore, students may be admitted to partner universities and/or obtain double degree of host/partner universities. Tuition fees of both public and private universities are approximately less than half compared with western countries.
For those who wish to concentrate on developing English ability in Malaysia, English intensive programs are also available in Malaysia. Similar to higher education system, English language schools in Malaysia basically follows language school programs in UK or Australia. In addition, educators at language schools are either native English teachers or experienced English teachers who are qualified as Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
In Malaysia, it is possible not only experiencing new cultures but also making friends from around the world. Interaction with different cultures would help developing language skill, capability for tolerance, recognition and appreciation of diversity. Malaysia is indeed an attractive destination for study abroad.
Malaysia is located in the heart of Southeast Asia. It consists of Malay Peninsula and East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo)
with a total land area of 330,800 square kilometers, bordering Thailand, Singapore,
Brunei and Indonesia. Geographically,
Malaysia is well-located for easy access especially to the Southeast Asian countries.
Malaysia belongs to tropical rainforest climate.
There is a dry season (June to September) and a rainy season (December to March),
though the average temperature is stable in a range from 20C to 30C with relatively
high humidity throughout the year. Heavy seasonal rain occasionally causes landslides or flood,
but Malaysia is basically known as disaster free country as it is hardly damaged by typhoon and earthquake.
Malaysia benefits from a tropical climate.
Nearly 60 % of its land is covered by rainforest
where wide range of animals and plants coexist. Furthermore,
there are countless islands with beautiful sand beaches, spiritual mountains,
mysterious caves and dynamic waterfalls. Malaysia attracts travelers who admire great nature.
Another attraction of Malaysia is its modern and dynamic city feature which
is representative in capital city, Kuala Lumpur. There are many sophisticated
shopping malls including the one attached to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.
In shopping malls, visitors can enjoy shopping of variety of goods from local
products to finest brands. They can also enjoy diversity of cuisine from local
Malaysian foods to high-grade international foods.
In addition, there are a number of symbolic buildings and places that represent
Indian and Chinese cultures. Malaysia is one of the most exceptional countries
in the world where visitors can experience variety of cultures.
Country for Deepening Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Today, the world demands people who can play an active role globally.
In order to be an active player in global scale, it is important to develop
not only knowledge and technique but also interpersonal skills in dealing
with people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. Study abroad
experience in Malaysia, a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country, would
provide valuable opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills needed for
future global players.
マレーシア留学ガイド(Guide to Study Abroad in Malaysia)
ほっとひと息マレーシア休暇(A sigh of relief - Holiday in Malaysia)
(both are supervised by Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board in Tokyo)