Official name: Malaysia
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Largest city: Kuala Lumpur
Area: 329,847 km2 (67th)
127,355 sq mi
Population: 28,334,135(42th)
Currency: Ringgit (RM) (MYR)
Major language: Bahasa Malaysia (Malay), English
Major religion: Islam
National color: Yellow.
Life expectancy: male: 71.28 years (men), 76.99 years (female)
Monetary unit: 1 Malaysian Ringgit = 100 cents
Main exports: electronic equipment, petroleum and liquefied natural gas, wood and wood products, palm oil, rubber, textiles, chemicals
Gross National Income per capita: $16,186
GDP: $472.942 billion
Density: 86/km2 (114th), 216.45/sq mi
Government: Federal constitutional elective monarchy and Federal parliamentary democracy
Internet TLD: .my
Dialing code: +60
Time Zones: MST (UTC+8)
Malaysia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. It has the ability to provide a career orientated courses in its higher education institutions. Most of the education institutions have strong links and networks with the professional workplaces to maintain its relevancy for its graduates in the market place. The low living cost in Malaysia is one of the big factors of increasing interest of students choosing Malaysia as their study destination. Malaysia welcomes international students. Since the mid-1990s, international students have been coming to Malaysia to pursue their tertiary education at Malaysia’s higher educational institutions. Today, Malaysia is the top 11th destination in the world for international education enrolment at tertiary level.
At higher education level, study opportunities include certificate, diploma, and undergraduate as well as postgraduate studies. Undergraduate studies consist of bachelor degrees and professional studies while postgraduate studies consist of master degrees and PhDs. Generally, higher education at the diploma level is for secondary school certificate (SPM) holders from the age of 17 onwards and the bachelor degrees are for students from the age of 19 onwards with post-secondary qualifications such as STPM (which is equivalent to the GCE ‘A’ Levels) or other equivalent pre-university qualifications.
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