Malaysia: Emerging education hub

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia as an education hub, sounds odd? However, it is not necessarily this though. This country has many universities that offer foreign degrees along with numerous diploma courses recognised by various governing bodies of Malaysia. It cannot get better for Nepalis as the fee structure is one-third lesser than in the UK or USA.

Browsing through varied options

Opting for a course or degree is a student’s choice, but the ultimate goal for many is to land a good job. And prior experience counts, so internship or on the job training are provided. The duration varies according to the course. On internship they get basic allowance to cover pocket expenses. However, there is no guarantee that a foreign student can land a job in Malaysia. During internship, if the employer is impressed with the student it all depends on the company as they will apply for the work visa. The institutions nonetheless give a pathway for the career, not a job.

Although students are allowed to work for 20 hours legally during holidays, “working is not encouraged as they are on student visa,” says every institution representative. Thus, Malaysia is the perfect destination for students who are serious about their studies and career.

As far as scholarship is concerned, it is merit-based and only for well deserving students as “we already have a reasonable fee structure, there is a limit to what we can give away,” reasoned Leonard.

Another important query could be the living situation. All the institutions have hostel facility, but one can reside outside the campus too. Osama Iqbal from Pakistan, a student at Curtin University said, “Living standard is moderate, but it’s cheap so it’s good.”

Mirjaveed Iqbal, from Bangladesh is also happy with BAC. “I chose this college as it seemed accessible, fee-wise and college-wise. I chose this for its tutorial methods. Teachers and lecturers are very accessible. Whatever we learnt in the morning, the tutorials are there in the afternoon.”

Sushmita Sherpa from Bouddha, Kathmandu, who now resides in Malaysia couldn’t ask for better. She opted for SEGi University & Colleges and is pursuing business management, a course from University of Greenwich, England. “Studies are excellent here as it’s different from Nepal, which is more bookish. Here the priority is on practical knowledge like research. Thus, you acquire knowledge from every aspect. All this at a cheaper fee structure made me choose this university.”

For courses’ detailed info

BAC: www.baci.edu.my

Curtin University: www.curtin.edu.my

Taylor’s University: www.taylors.edu.my

Admal Aviation College: www.admal.com.my

Segi University & Colleges: segi.edu.my

Tafe Kolej: www.tafeseremban.edu.my

Sunway Education Group: sunway.edu.my

If you feel you need help applying, then you can consult Study Plus Pvt Ltd,Kamaladi Mode. It is supported by the Embassy of Malaysia to promote higher education in Nepal. Also there are some newly introduced scholarship schemes for eligible Nepali students. Contact Umesh Adhikari,

01- 4266716