Malaysia, a Southeast Asian country with vibrant economy and truly multicultural society, is undoubtedly the best choice for higher study in the region and beyond to international students. That’s because when it comes to study abroad, there are two major considerations from students and their guardians— tuition fees and living cost. With regards to these two things for higher education overseas, there are no other destinations comparable to Malaysia.
When it comes to foreign education, Malaysia stays well ahead of other countries like UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore and others not only in terms of comparatively low course fees and affordable living expenses, but also are a host of other factors.
Malaysia has both gained and maintained its high standings in several recent international reports and surveys involving education, standard of living, ease of movement and socializing etc.
Known for its tagline ‘Truly Asia’, Malaysia has recently bagged the following recognitions from different regional and global organizations :
Top Muslim-Friendly Travel Country : Malaysia has secured top spot in terms of Muslim-Friendly Travel destination in the Muslim world in the State of the Global Islamic Economy (SGIE) Report 2020/2021. In fact, the country has come top in four fields —- Muslim-Friendly Travel, Halal Food, Islamic Finance, and Pharmaceutical & Cosmetics—out of six fields in the report issued by the international strategy research and advisory firm DinarStandard.
A total of 81 countries including the member states of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and non-OIC countries with high halal industry presence got covered in the SGIE Report.
Malaysian Universities Fast Gaining Positions On World Stage : Universities, both public & private, in Malaysia are fast and steadily making their positions on world stage with quality education and world-class study facilities. The latest QS World University Rankings 2021 bears the testimony to it as at least 20 Malaysian universities made it to the list of total 1029 institutions secured places in last year’s rankings. Most notably, five universities from the country had rankings among the world’s top 200 with Universiti Malaya a moving up to 59th spot from 70th in 2019. It should be noted that University Malaya, a top public university, were ranked at 10th position in QS Asia University Rankings 2021.
Most of the other universities ranked also gained substantial improvement in their rankings with Universiti Teknologi Petronas having biggest jump from 482 to 439.
Among private universities in Malaysia, Taylor’s University had top rankings at 379 in QS Global Rankings 2021.
The other Malaysian universities obtained places in the rankings are Universiti Putra Malaysia (132), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (141), Universiti Sains Malaysia (142), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (187), UCSI University (391), Universiti Utara Malaysia, Management and Science University, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Teknologi MARA – UiTM, Sunway University, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Multimedia University (MMU, Private), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Universiti Malaysia Perlis and Universiti Malaysia Sabah.
Ranked 62 in UNDP’s Human Development Index 2020 : The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ranked Malaysia 62 out of 189 countries in its Human Development Index (HDI) 2020 published December 16 of the year.
The Human Development Report stated that Malaysia’s HDI value had witnessed an increase of 26 percent over the last three decades from 1990 to 2019.
The country’s Gross National Income (GNI) per capita spiked by about 177.3 percent over the period, added the report.
The Human Development Index measures a nation’s health, education and standards of living along with two other elements—the country’s carbon dioxide emissions and its material footprint.
Kuala Lumpur 8th Best City For Work & Living : The capital city of Kuala Lumpur (KL) is ranked the 8th best destination for expatriates to live and work in, according to a new study by InterNations, the world’s largest expat community with around four million members.
This is the fourth consecutive year that KL made it to the top 10 of the list.
The study styled ‘Expat City Ranking 2020’ involved over 15,000 individuals across 66 cities around the world. It found that the city is affordable when it comes to housing (70 % vs 41% globally), settling down and cost of living (77% vs 46% globally) and easy in terms of living (91% vs 54% globally) and making friends & socializing (60% vs 47% global and 72% & 59% global respectively).
34th Largest Economy : Malaysia was ranked 34th largest economy in the world in the just past year of 2020 by London-based think-tank Center for Economics and Business Research latest report published on December 26, 2020.
To sum up, Malaysia is known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. Its capital city Kuala Lumpur has been labeled as the world’s second most affordable student city by QS Best Student Cities Index 2018. So students from any corner of the globe can comfortably pick the country for their higher education destination.
For Muslim students in particular, no other country can be better than Malaysia as it’s been ranked as mentioned earlier the top ‘Muslim-Friendly Travel’ destination in the world.