times as many students are enrolled in bachelor degrees and ten times as many are enrolled in post-graduate degrees. Malaysia is behind only Singapore and Thailand among ASEAN countries for masters and PhD enrolments. Furthermore, as per a National News report dated 2nd October, 2015, Malaysia has jumped two rungs to join the ranks of the top 20 most competitive economies in the world this year.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) raised Malaysia to 18th spot from 20th last year under its Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016, which covers 140 countries, placing Malaysia well on track towards a high-income developed status in less than five years. Malaysia is gaining acceptance as a reputable study destination in the region. It also accounts for two per cent of the international student population around the world. The education sector offers a variety of higher educational programmes as well as professional and specialized skill courses that are competitively priced. Branch campuses of reputed Australian and British institutions also have been established in Malaysia.Universities from UK, USA, Canada, Australia, France, Germany and New Zealand offer twinning, franchised and external degree programmes in partnership with Malaysian institutions. Malaysia has 22 state universities, more than 480 private institutions, many of which are branch campuses of international institutions such as Monash University from Australia. As per Education Malaysia, their Consulateâ€™s Education wing in the U.A.E. in 2013, there were 98,000 international students, of these, above 27,000 were from the MENA region and there are above 50 U.A.E national students studying in Malaysia. Over the past 15 years, Malaysia has also attracted world-class universities into setting up branch campuses there. These universities offer undergraduate and post-graduate degree programmes that are identical to their main campuses overseas. The affordable cost of quality tertiary education is one of many good reasons why international students choose Malaysia. For example, you can acquire a UK engineering degree (3 years) in Malaysia through a franchised degree programme at an estimated RM51,000 (USD16,000), whereas the tuition fee of the same degree programme at the host university in the UK is about RM144,000 (USD45,000). The Malaysian government is also ensuring the quality of higher education in the country. 101
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