The impressive country of Malaysia is located in central Southeast Asia, bordering Thailand in the north, Singapore and Indonesia to the south, and the Philippines to the east. It is composed of Peninsular Malaysia and the provinces of Sabah and Sarawak on the north coast of the island of Borneo across the South China Sea. Like its population, Malaysia's landscape is also characterized by diversity.The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Malaysia, but English is widely spoken. Other languages such as Chinese (Cantonese and Hokkien), Iban and Tamil are spoken by minorities.
University education is a straight way to discover all the beauty and peculiarity of the country.
It is to note, that for the first time, public Malaysian universities will be opened to foreigners, with 5% of undergraduate places in critical courses being allocated to them.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh described the move as a social obligation to nations with which Malaysia had exploration rights, especially for petroleum.
"This move has been approved by the Cabinet and will be implemented next year," he said after attending the Quality Day and Service Excellence function at the University College of Engineering and Technology Malaysia (Kuktem) in Gambang.
The Government has allocated RM131mil to ensure adequate places are available to the foreigners and to accommodate an increased intake of Malaysian students into these critical courses at Malaysian universities.
Asked if the move would be welcomed, given the fact that Malaysian universities could not accommodate all the top students for popular courses, he said: "This is why we are expanding."
Fulbright program in Malaysia, provided by the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) could also be of interest.
Fulbright grants to Malaysia have been awarded in a very wide variety of academic disciplines. Most grants are for a combination of lecturing and research. Fulbright scholars are based at many Malaysian universities. Fulbright grantees to Malaysia praise the beauty of the landscape and the opportunity to pursue many outdoor activities, the climate, the low cost of living, the pervasiveness of English, but especially the warmth and friendliness of the people.
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