Malaysian delegate invites UAE parents to send their children to Malaysia

By Janice Ponce de Leon

Dubai: The Crown Prince of the Malaysian state of Perlis on Wednesday opened the state university’s showroom at the Education Malaysia-Dubai office to woo parents in the UAE to send their children for higher education there.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin, Crown Prince of Perlis, along with Consul-General Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin and other senior officials, welcomed the public to the launch of the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) gallery.

The event was part of a road show in the UAE to partner with other establishments here to encourage more students from the Gulf to study in Malaysia. Malaysia is a multi-ethnic society with three main ethnic groups: Malay, Indian, and Chinese. Some 90,000 higher education students in Malaysia come from about 150 countries. About 30 per cent of these come from the Middle East and North Africa region.

The Malaysian government is investing primarily in education to transform the country into a destination of choice for higher education in the southeast Asian region.

UniMAP, located in the northern state of Perlis close to the border of Thailand, houses around 12,000 students. It offers 21 bachelors degrees in engineering, and 13 in engineering technology, among others.

It is the first public university in Malaysia to be awarded with QS Stars, which ranks universities world-wide. UniMAP received a five-star rating for both Teaching and Facilities for 2014, which classifies it as a world-class institution that has cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.

“In terms of performance, they [UniMAP] are better than other universities. The other thing is, the cost of living in Perlis is one of the cheapest in Malaysia in terms of accommodation, rentals,” Shamsuddin told Gulf News.

He said the cost of education in Malaysia is also about one-third of the cost in the UK or in US. Apart from cost, the adjustment phase in Malaysia for Gulf students is also favourable since Malaysia is a Muslim country.

Dr Kamarudin Hussain, University Chancellor, said UniMAP has a specially tailored programme to get their graduates employed.

“Even before graduation, almost 50 per cent of our students are employed already because our programmes are marketable, because we connect them with industries and companies through the Talent-To-Industries [programme],” he told Gulf News.

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