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Saturday, December 27, 2008

An Overview
Education is the responsibility of the Government and it is committed to providing a sound education to all. The Malaysian education system encompasses education beginning from pre-school to university. Pre-tertiary education (pre-school to secondary education) is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education (MOE) while tertiary or higher education is the responsibility of the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). The vision of the Government is to make Malaysia a centre of educational excellence.

Primary and Secondary Education
Primary education (a period of 6 years) and secondary education (5 years which encompasses 3 years of lower secondary and 2 years of upper secondary) make up 11 years of free education. The admission age to the first year of primary education is seven. Primary schooling is mandatory for all children between the ages of 7 and 12. Students sit for common public examinations at the end of primary, lower secondary and upper secondary levels.

Post-secondary Education
Upon completion of secondary education, students can opt to pursue 1 to 2 years of post-secondary education. This is the university entrance preparatory course. In total, the 12 years of school education serves as the basic entry requirement into Year One of a bachelor degree programme in higher educational institutions.

Tertiary Education
At tertiary education level, institutions of higher learning offer courses leading to the awards of certificate, diploma, first degree and higher degree qualifications (at academic and professional fields). The duration of study for a basic bachelor degree programme is 3 years and the courses of study at this level are provided by both the public and private education sectors, attracting many international students.

Tertiary education providers consist of two major groups :

Public (government-funded) institutions of higher learning, for example, public universities, polytechnics, community colleges and teacher training institutes.
Private (private-funded) higher educational institutions (PHEIs), for example, private universities, private university colleges, foreign branch campus universities and private colleges.
Government-funded Educational Institutions
The Government provides more than 95% of primary and secondary education as well as about 60% of the tertiary education, with the private sector providing the balance.

Private-funded Educational Institutions
The private education providers in Malaysia can be broadly grouped into 2 categories, depending on the levels of education offered, ranging from pre-school to tertiary education. These two categories of private institutions are :

Private Educational Institutions (PEIs) which provide education at preschool, primary and secondary levels. They comprise private schools and foreign system schools.
Private Higher Educational Institutions (PHEIs) which provide tertiary education leading to the awarding of certificate,
diploma and degree qualifications.


why study in malaysia

Friday, December 26, 2008

Students and their parents always have many things to consider when they want to decide on where to further their studies. Among the reasons that Malaysia should be chosen are:

International standard and high quality education, which is closely monitored by the Malaysian Education Ministries, through their quality control authorities and appropriate legislation such as The Education Act, 1996, The Private Higher Educational Institutions Act, 1996 and National Accreditation Board Act, 1996.

Competitive course fees and extensive selection of popular courses.

Wide range of study options and many choices of universities and colleges to suit individual preference.

Twinning Degrees & 3+0 Degree programmes conducted in Malaysia offer a cost-effective route for quality education and qualifications from universities in the United Kingdom, USA, Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and France.

Foreign University Branch Campuses which are operating in Malaysia enable students to acquire their prestigious university qualifications in a country that has lower living expenses.

Wide usage of English Language, easy for students who are already proficient in English to follow the courses, and for students who want to learn English will pick up the language.

Experience in human diversity and harmony, whereby Malaysians of different races and religions live in peace and tolerance with each other.

The existing 40,000 international students from 150 countries testifies the world-wide acceptance of Malaysian education. An environmental-friendly nation is a favoured destination for further study.

Hassle-free Immigration procedures, which enable foreign students to have easy entry into education institutions.

Affordable living expenses for as low as RM11,000.00 (US$2,895.00) per year.

International students are also allowed to do part-time job for a maximum of 20 hours per week while studying full-time in Malaysia subject to immigration requirements.

Economically sound and socially safe country, with a stable government and low serious crime rate.

Geographically safe environment, as Malaysia is situated in a zone free from most natural disasters.

Food paradise, which caters to any and every taste-bud - from purely vegetarian to halal food, ethnic cuisines and western ‘fast’ food choices.

Good transport system for easy mobility, high level of development and interesting places to visit for relaxation


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