Malaysia becomes preferred destination for foreign students


KARACHI: Foreign students aspiring for quality and affordable international degrees now look to Asian countries and Malaysia is fast becoming a higher education hub in Asia. Malaysia ranks 8th World wide as a preferred destination for international students by the United Nations Education Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The high standard and excellent facilities Malaysian Universities provide have been key to attracting many foreign students.

Touted as the emerging hub of higher education in South East Asia, Malaysia presently has 21 public universities, 5 branch campuses of UK and Australian Universities and more than 33 private Universities and over 500 higher education institutes that provide a diverse range of courses in various areas of specializations.

20 of the best public and private higher educational institutes in Malaysia are showcased by North Pole International at a two day exhibition which opened yesterday at a local hotel in Karachi and will continue today from 12:00pm to 7:00pm. The exhibition is also endorsed by the Malaysian High Commission in Pakistan.

The Study Malaysia Education Exhibition, now in its 12th edition manage to draw a sizeable crowd yesterday mainly high school students mostly accompanied by their parents looking at the options available in Malaysia suiting their career options and study budgets. While majority of these students are looking for September/October intakes offered by these Universities, they were mainly thrilled to see the presence of representatives from each Malaysian University to answer their queries and explain admission procedures.

The event earlier was inaugurated by the Consul General of Malaysia in Karachi, Abu Bakar Mamat. Talking to the media he pointed out that he is committed in promoting Malaysia as the centre of educational excellence.

Speaking on the occasion, the Consul General lauded the efforts of North Pole International, Managing Director Mr. Babar Bashir Ahmad who has promoted Malaysia as a top study destination in Pakistan through the hosting of the events. Talking to the media he pointed out that he is committed in supporting the effort by local companies to promote Malaysia as the centre of educational excellence.

“Malaysia is committed to the cause of education and programmes on offer in our higher institutions of learning meet international standards.” According to him the target is to reach 200,000 international students by 2020.

North Pole International’s Managing Director Babar Bashir explained that Malaysia has emerged as one of the main education markets in Pakistan due to several advantages and this is evident from the fact that over 3,000 Pakistanis have chosen Malaysia as study destination in last 3 to 4 years. He described affordable tuition fee and cost of living as major factors behind the rise of Malaysian Education in Pakistan.

“Malaysia has become a preferred destination for students from around the world due to number of factors including affordable tuition, immigration laws, quality options, degrees awarded in collaboration partner Universities in UK, Australia, USA, etc., diverse cultures and hospitable Malaysian people.”

He said average yearly tuition fee in Malaysia is $6000 compared to $22,000 and 14,000 in the US and UK respectively while student’s average yearly cost of living in Malaysia is $4000 against $13000-$15000 in the US and UK at average & still students get same British or Australian degree while studying in Malaysia.

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