Studying in Malaysia - the unknown option
Hartmann College Counselor CMIS
When you say to a student, “Why don’t you consider studying in
Malaysia?” you will get a blank stare. “Malaysia? Why would I go
there?” All kinds of completely erroneous stereotypes start coming up like
Muslim people are intolerant, terrorists are there, and people are
unfriendly and so on. None of these are true! In this article I would like
to present some facts about Malaysia that prove it is not only a great place
to study but also that a Thai student could be considerably advantaged by
Malaysia the country
Malaysia is a former British colony and everybody from the taxi driver at
the airport to the street stall seller speaks very good English. It’s a
great place for English immersion as radio stations, street signs and papers
can all be accessed in English. Malaysia is a multicultural society with a
large Chinese, Indian and Malay population. It is a tolerant and flexible
country that respects all religions and people are genuinely friendly to
strangers. It is also very modernized with three of the tallest buildings in
the world and some of the most beautiful modern architecture. Malaysia is
also a very SAFE country with a low police presence and low crime
universities in Malaysia
Asia Airways runs a direct service form Chiangmai to Kuala Lumpur for a very
reasonable price (5000+ baht) and it takes 2 hours and 40 minutes. If your
home is Chiangmai you can get home quickly, efficiently and cheaply.
There are many great colleges and universities in Malaysia but I would like
to focus on just three of the best and one foreign university. They are
called Inti (meaning essence), Sunway, Genting and Monash.
Inti College is a self-contained university campus in a natural setting well
out of Kuala Lumpur but with easy access to the Airport and with all
facilities on campus. If you want a safe quiet campus this is the one for
you. It has programs in Business, Computing, Engineering Law, Biotechnology,
and Mass Communication. It has collaborative programs with 20 USA colleges,
12 Australian and 18 UK Universities plus Canadian and New Zealand
universities. Through this collaborative program you can choose to study the
final year of a degree overseas to gain a full overseas degree. The huge
benefit is that you only have one year of high expenses. The majority of
your degree can be done at Inti where the fees are up to 80 percent lower
than the USA. You can e-mail [email protected] for more
information or visit the website at www.inti. edu.my. Should your English
not be good enough to handle University, you can do a preparation year at
Inti. The key point with Inti and all the Malaysian colleges is that you
have a total package to get a foreign degree at a bargain price close to
Sunway is situated much closer to KL than Inti and has similar preparation
courses, collaboration courses with many overseas Universities, low priced
fees and course options. It is run as a trust so that all profits go back
into the University and it is not required to deliver profit to the owner.
It is a great campus and situated in a highly developed Sunway complex which
includes a theme park hotel. It offers Canadian, Australian and English
grade 12 qualification courses as well as a Monash University foundation
year. It also has degree courses in Psychology, Telecommunications and
Multimedia, Hospitality and Tourism, and a Diploma in Performing Arts. It
offers the same option as Inti to get a foreign degree at a bargain price
with many universities world wide. It has a special relationship with Monash
University Australia. For further information visit the website at
www.sunway.edu.my or [email protected]
Monash University is an Australian University ranked number 33 in the world.
It is currently on the same campus as Sunway and collaborates with it. It is
building a new campus close by proving it’s faith in the future of
Malaysian education. (Find out where the university you want to attend is
ranked in the world.) Making the top 50 is very hard.
To have the 33rd ranked
university in the world 2 hours and 40 minutes away from Chiangmai is a fact
very few people have realized!
The degree you get from Monash Malaysia is a Monash degree with no
differential markings on it. The courses offered at Monash Malaysia include
Medicine, Science, IT, Communication, Business and Liberal Arts. You can
attend this world class university at about a 50 percent discount to the
cost of attending it in Australia but can always have the option of spending
one or more years in Australia or at the Monash campus in South Africa. I
challenge you to find a better deal than this. The website is
Situated in the Mountains next to an 8,000 bed hotel with three casinos and
a theme park is the Genting/Inti School of Hotel management. Students here
get first hand experience and pocket money by working part time at the
hotel. On graduation, they have the option of further studies or immediate
employment on STAR cruise liners or Hotel/Casino complexes. This excellent
school gives students a first class practical start into the hospitality
industry and plenty of work options. Ask any questions at [email protected]
Why not study in Malaysia. The advantages are obvious and considerable.
There are other colleges there like Taylors which I have not even mentioned
but I think you have enough information to get the picture. Remember,
traveling to Malaysia is also inexpensive enough for you to visit with your
parents and check it out first (and have a great holiday at the same time).
Don’t believe rumors. Find out the real situation for yourself and don’t
miss out on a great lifetime opportunity if Malaysian education suits you.
If anyone would like follow –up information and contacts for the above
institutions they can e-mail me at: hartijon2001 @yahoo.com
Prem Class of 2006 accepted to top international universities
When the 32 members of the Prem Class of 2006 graduate on
May 26, they will be heading for universities in one0 different countries:
Seven to the U.S., five to Thailand, four to Australia, four to Canada,
three to the U.K., two to New Zealand, one to France, one to Germany, one to
Singapore and one to China. Three students will take a full gap year to
work, do an internship and/or travel.
Prem Seniors were offered university places at:
U.K.: University of Warwick, University of Essex, University of Edinburgh,
University of Bradford, Cambridge University, St. Andrews University,
Glasgow University, Strathclyde University, Redcliff Bible College.
U.S.A.: U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, University of
California-Santa Cruz, University of California-Chico, University of Oregon,
San Francisco State University, Great Basin College, Santa Monica College,
Georgetown University, Emory University, Boston University, American
University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Barnard College,
Vassar College (waitlist), University of Miami-Ohio.
Thailand: Thammasat University, Asian University, King Mongkut University of
Technology, Rangsit University.
Canada: University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Simon Fraser
University, New Caledonia Community College.
Australia: Le Cordon Bleu, Woolongong University, International College of
France: Le Cordon Bleu-Paris.
China: Tsinghua University-Beijing.
Singapore: National University (awaiting official word). As Australia and
New Zealand Universities do not begin until Feb. 2007, there will be other
applications submitted in September.
Two Prem students distinguished themselves by being accepted into multiple
top universities each: Alice Bucheler to University of Warwick, Cambridge
University, University of Edinburgh, University of Bradford, St. Andrews
University, University of Essex; and Sonya Shadravan: Georgetown University,
Barnard College, Emory University, Tulane University, American University,
Boston University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of
Victoria, BC and wait-listed at Vassar College. In addition, Sonya was
offered a total of $US 152,750 a year in scholarships and grants by these
Two other prestigious awards went to Nicholas Laine by appointment to the US
Naval Academy and the US Air Force Academy which includes tuition, medical,
dental, room and board plus a monthly stipend, and was also awarded an NROTC
Kinga Tshering and Joey Baird were awarded $Canadian 4,000 scholarships to
the University of British Columbia. Joey Baird was offered an additional
scholarship to Simon Fraser University.
In addition, 2005 Prem Graduate Natalie Patarapa Padungpat was awarded a
full tuition scholarship to Trent University, Canada. Natalie had taken a
gap year to visit her family in Norway and to travel.
Congratulations to all these Prem graduates who have succeeded in a very
rigorous International Baccalaureate Program.