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About Malaysia

Malaysia is country with lot of different culture , ethnicities and religion. Area wise Malaysia is the 66th largest country. It has land borders with Thailand in West Malaysia, and Indonesia and Brunei in East Malaysia. Malaysia is a country where one can find different cultures and ethnic group living together.

Malaysia is the only country which is located in a zone that is not effected by drastic whether changes or big natural calamities. It is easily accessible to different countries via water or Air. Due to its center position it is business hub and headquarters of many giant MNC’s.

There are 3 federal territories of Malaysia namely Kuala Lumpur , Putrajaya and Labuan. The country has 7 major international Air – Ports.

Transport system in Malaysia is the longest highway of the country, the North – South Expressway, extends over 800 kilometers between the Thai border and Singapore. Light Rail Transit and Monorail are the cheapest and most affordable used transportation.

Some Facts:

• Capital: Kuala Lumpur

• Population : 27.9 million (2009 estimate)

• Country Code : + 60

• Area : 329,847 km2

• Currency : Malaysia Ringgits = 18 INR

• Language : Bahasa Malaya is the official Language though English is widely used and spoken . Indian dialects like Tamil and Hindi are commonly spoken among Chinese and Indian community respectively.

• Religion : Islam is the official religion of the country but other religions like Christianity , Hinduism and Buddhism are also practiced. There is freedom of religion like in India.

• Time Difference : Malaysia is 2 hours and 30 minutes ahead of India.

• Food : Malay , Chinese and Indian food are easily available but other cuisines like American , Thai , Italian etc. Restaurants are also there.

• Climate : It generally ranges between 21c’ to 32c’

• Natural resources : Tin , Petroleum, Timber , Copper , Iron ore, Natural Gas , Bauxite.

• Weather : Malaysia has a pleasant tropical climate and is generally warm all the year round with temperatures ranging from 210C to 320C. The general weather is humid with annual rainfall varying from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.

• Malaysia’s Land Area : Malaysia consists of two areas of mainland separated by the South China Sea namely West Malaysia (or more popularly known as Peninsular Malaysia) and East Malaysia. The country has a total land area of 329,758 square km made up of 13 states and three Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur (the capital), Putrajaya and Labuan.

• Location : Malaysia is situated in South – Eastern Asia between 2 and 7 degrees north of the Equator. To the north of Peninsular Malaysia is Thailand while to the south is Singapore

People and Popularity :

Dubbed as “ Mini Asia “ , Malaysia is a multi – racial and multi – ethnic country where the majorities are the Malays , Chinese and Indian. In addition , there are some 29 ethnic group including the majority group of Dayaks (in Sarawak) and Kadazans (in Sabah). Islam is the official religion of the nation. However, the Malaysian Constitution guarantees freedom of worship and as such Christianity , Hinduism and Buddhism make up the other primary religions embraced by the Malaysian society.

Language :

Bahasa Melayu is the national language although English is widely used and spoken. The Mandarin language and Chinese dialects particularly Cantonese and Hokkien as well as Indian dialects like Tamil and Hindi are common among the Chinese and Indian communities respectively.

Major Regions / Cities :

Peninsular Malaysia (also known as West Malaysia) comprises 11 states like : Johor , Kedah , Kelantan , Melaka , Negeri Sembilan , Pahang , Perak , Perlis ,Penang , Selangor and Terengganu).

Together with Sabah and Sarawak (located in East Malaysia) they make up the 13 states of Malaysia.

There are also three Federal Territories (namely Kuala Lumpur – the capital of Malaysia ; Putrajaya – the Federal Government Administrative Centre ; and Labuan – a ‘tax-free’ island located off the coast of Sabah).

Major Economy :

Malaysia is ranked the 24th most competitive economy in the world out of 133 economies countries .The gross national income per capita is targeted to increase from the current RM23,567 or USD7,365 (in 2009) to RM38,850 or USD12,140 (in 2015).Kuala Lumpur ,although having a high standard of living is still is the least expensive city in the world in terms of cost of living when compared to other nations of the Asia. It trades with 200 nations of the world being 10th most trading nation of the world.

Education system in Malaysia :

Malaysian education system is more than 30 years old. From last few years it has developed tremendously by the introduction of some of the excellent Universities and Foreign Universities of Shore Campuses. Malaysian Education System is divided into 4 categories following are in details :

Internationally Affiliated Degrees :

Students who cannot afford to get degree from Australia , UK , USA and New – Zealand can get it easily in Malaysia. In Malaysia there are many colleges and Universities which give affiliated degrees from Universities in these countries at very low fee structure.

“2+1” Twinning Degree Programs :

Students has an option to study both in Malaysia and other countries (preferred location)at same tuition fees that of Malaysia. Students can study 3 years in Malaysia and 1 year in UK , USA, Australia , Germany , France , Canada and New Zealand . With this option they have the exposure of two countries at the same time.

Foreign Bachelor’s Degree in Malaysia :

Students have an opportunity to get the entire foreign university degree programme in Malaysia . These are provided by Private Institution . The qualification from these programmes will be awarded by the partner universities . Upon graduation students can easily pursue their master’s degree at the partner university overseas.

Foreign University Off Shore Campuses in Malaysia :

At present there are many foreign off Shore campuses at Malaysia some of them are – Monash University (Australia) Nottingham University (UK) Curtin University of Technology (Australia) Swinburne University of Technology (Australia)

By enrolling at any of these campuses located in Malaysia , you will pay lower tuition fees and have an option of completing one semester at these Universities in their home countries. The degrees offered at these campuses are identical to those offered at the main campus.

Major Intakes :

• Rolling Intake

Entry Requirements :

English Requirement is not very strict in Malaysia. IELTS / TOEFL / PTE or any other English test is not required at the time of admission at any level though it is recommended.