The Star, 23 January 2005
Education Guide Malaysia (9th edition)
Publisher: Challenger Concept (M) Sdn Bhd
THE LATEST edition of Education Guide Malaysia is a useful source of
reference for students and parents who would like a good overview of
education in Malaysia.
This 546-paged education directory contains useful information on
public and private tertiary institutions, private and international
schools, educational service providers and the Malaysian educational
One of the best improvements to the 9th edition is the quick search
course index. This index is a fast way to find out which
universities or colleges are offering the course you are interested
in, as it is arranged by type of institution (eg public university,
private college, branch campus of foreign university) and areas of
However, students should be aware that the institutions listed here
are not comprehensive, as they comprise only those universities and
colleges that have advertised in the education guide.
Another new feature in this edition is the listing of courses by
both areas of study (eg accounting, medicine, Islamic studies) as
well as by streams (ie arts, science and arts or science), for all
Malaysian public universities and colleges.
This will make it much easier for upper secondary students to search
for courses they are eligible for, and for lower secondary students
to determine the relevant stream they should enter in Form Four.
Carrying on from previous years, the guidebook provides write-ups on
the national education system and its development, study options,
costs and entry requirements of the private education sector, as
well as the entry requirements for SPM and STPM holders into private
colleges and public universities.
Technical and vocational training is also covered in an informative
chapter that provides details like duration of course, entry
requirements and course fees. Reflecting the importance of
vocational training, there is also a write-up on the National
Vocational Training Council (MLVK), and the National Skills
Students interested in pursuing Masters and Doctorate programmes can
refer to the chapter on “Malaysian Postgraduate Degree Programmes,”
while those with financial concerns can check out the useful chapter
on “Financing for Higher Education.”
Undecided students can get some help making up their minds from the
chapter on “Deciding Where and What to Study in Malaysia.”
Profiles on various public and private tertiary institutions,
private and international schools, professional and
semi-professional bodies, and educational service providers are also
provided. Courses offered by these institutions are organised in the
course directory for easy referral and include details like awarding
body, course fee, duration, and entry requirements.
Those interested specifically in public institutions should
definitely check out the section on application procedures and
programmes offered at Public Higher Educational Institutions.
The institutions covered here include polytechnics, teacher training
colleges, community colleges as well as public universities.
Students who are keen on studying abroad can get details like cost
of living, visa requirements, accommodation, financial assistance
and employment opportunities for countries like Australia, Canada,
France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United
States. New countries included in this edition are China, Russia and
Those wanting to know more about the key players in Malaysian
education can read up on the Private Education Department, the
National Accreditation Board (LAN) and the Higher Education
Also provided are brief overviews of associations of private
educational institutes, and a who's who in the Malaysian educational
The “Addresses” section provides a comprehensive list of the contact
details of various educational institutions, professional and semi-
professional bodies and educational service providers in Malaysia.
Two very useful lists for parents and students are the list of
approved private institutions of higher learning, and the list of
courses of study accredited by LAN, which appear in the “References”
There is also a useful appendix on academic point calculation for
admission to public universities for SPM and STPM students in this
The 9th edition of Education Guide Malaysia is a worthwhile buy for
students still undecided on where and what to study in Malaysia.
It is distributed free to all secondary school counsellors in
Malaysia. For information call 03-7880 3837.
StudyMalaysia Interactive CD: Version 2.1 (2005)
Developer: Webway E Services Sdn Bhd
Price: Distributed free
DO YOU have any foreign friends interested in studying in Malaysia,
but just do not know where to get reliable information from?
Well, the latest version of the StudyMalaysia Interactive CD is just
the thing for them. This handy and up-to-date source of information
on education in Malaysia is targeted especially at foreign and
Developed by Webway E Services, this CD serves as an electronic
complement to the Education Guide Malaysia published by Webway’s
sister company Challenger Concept Sdn Bhd. The information in this
CD is presented simply and is easily accessible.
There are nine sections, which consist of an
introduction to Malaysia, information on studying in Malaysia,
profiles of various educational institutions, application
procedures, lists of approved courses and private institutions, as
well as useful publications and addresses.
While most of the information in the CD is identical to
that in the printed guide, there are some additional details found
here that caters specifically for foreign students.
First of course, is the introduction to Malaysia, which
includes the reasons why Malaysia is a good place to study in.
Guidelines on entry qualifications of overseas students into
university foundation courses and undergraduate programmes offered
by private educational institutions are given in a table form.
This CD also includes a breakdown of the cost of living in Malaysia,
as well as a comparison between the cost of studying at the
university’s home campus and studying at its Malaysian campus.
As the main target audience are undergraduates, the postgraduate
section here is more simplified and not as thorough as the section
in the guidebook.
A very useful chapter for foreign students is “Entering Malaysia to
study”. This chapter gives a comprehensive overview of visa and pass
procedures for both foreign students and their families. Also
included is a list of documents required and the addresses to submit
the application forms.
Another useful section is the foreign language versions that give a
brief profile on Malaysia, an introduction to the Malaysia
educational system, types of private institutes of higher learning
and the general programmes they offer, cost of living, and
immigration procedures. The languages available are Arabic, Chinese,
Indonesian and Vietnamese.
In addition, the addresses for the Malaysian Students Department in
various countries, Matrade (Malaysian External Trade and Development
Corporation) overseas commissioners, and Malaysian embassies are
This CD is distributed free and is available at nationwide education
seminars and some international exhibitions. The system requirements
for this CD are a 24X CD-ROM drive, 64MB RAM, Pentium III 500MHz,
any Windows platform, sound capacity and a minimum screen resolution
For more information, call +(603) 7880 3837.