In Malaysia, primary education is compulsory for all children aged 7 to 12 years. The school system is structured on a 6+3+2+2 model, with six years of compulsory primary education beginning at age seven, followed by three years of lower secondary education, two years of upper secondary, and two years of pre-university senior secondary study.
Higher Education: Malaysia hosts more than 100 institutions – both public and private – including foreign branches of reputable universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Ireland. In fact, five universities have been granted ‘research university’ status so far in Malaysia namely, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Malaysia comprises 11 states and two federal territories and is a constitutional monarchy. The country is a melting pot of different cultures with a mix of Indian Chinese, Japanese and European influence. The country offers a varied landscape with a mix of forests, mountains, pristine beaches and modern cities with towering sky-scrapers. The cost of living is lesser when compared to Singapore and the country has a strong public transport network. Islam is the primary religion in the country though it offers a secular atmosphere with Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries co-existing with mosques and churches. Malaysia welcomes international students for all levels of education. Since the mid-1990s, international students have been coming to Malaysia to pursue their tertiary education at Malaysia's higher educational institutions. Today, Malaysia is ranked the 11th most popular destination in the world for international education at tertiary level.
The basis for higher education in Malaysia has the critical aspects of Staff mobility, student mobility, Research and development, Academic programs, Community Development, and Social integration in mind. It provides positive experiences, social facilities, flexible and innovative programs. The education standard is comparable to the developed western academies. The multi-cultural environment makes the transition smooth and easy. The education system encourages students to think critically and work solo or in teams.
In Malaysia, three types of institutes offering higher education. There are public Universities, private Universities and University colleges. The Malaysian government ensures the quality of its institutes through accreditation with the National Accreditation Board. As a result, universities and university colleges in Malaysia have world class academic standards with qualified lecturers and professors who use innovative teaching methods in the classrooms. Ample research grants given by the government ensure that Malaysian universities maintain their academic excellence and high rankings. Teacher and student ratio is very high and this is another reason to study in Malaysia. Foreign students are attracted by positive academic experience, social facilities, flexible and innovative programs.