Malaysia's Engineering, Hospitality & Leisure Management Among Top 50 in World by Subject Rankings

11 Subjects Rank in Top 50 and 52 in Top 100 as Malaysia Continues to Redesign its Higher Education System to Deliver Holistic Graduates

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Malaysia, ranked the 12th most preferred education destination in the world (UNESCO 2014), continues to improve its global rankings, strengthening its position as an international education hub of quality.

"QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 reveals 11 subjects across 4 universities in Malaysia rank within world's top 50 while 52 subjects are in world's top 100," said Mohd Yazid Abd Hamid, Chief Executive Officer of Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS), a company of the Ministry of Higher Education, responsible for the global promotion of Malaysia's higher education and international student services.

University of Malaya (UM) leads the way with 5 subjects in the world's top 50, achieving a remarkable 23rd in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 26th in Developmental Studies, 33rd in Mechanical Engineering and 38th in Chemical Engineering. Both Taylor's University and Universiti Sains Malaysia rank 29th and 32nd respectively for Hospitality and Leisure Management. International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) is 46th in the world for Theology, Divinity, and Religious Studies.

"Islamic Banking and Finance is also Malaysia's specialisation. Both INCEIF and IIUM contribute about 11% of the world's research and publications on Islamic Banking. We also have established Medical faculties in both public and private institutions," Mohd Yazid added.

Malaysia has a network of 480 institutions offering over 6,000 programmes at pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. There are nine international branch campuses of leading British, Australian and Chinese universities in Malaysia with three ranking in world's top 100 - Monash, Southampton and Nottingham. Studying at these universities in Malaysia translates into a minimum 30% savings on tuition fee when compared to its parent campus.

"Costs remain the critical challenge in the global higher education landscape. Malaysia is a practical solution - we provide quality education yet with lower tuition fees, lower cost of living and this adds to a greater student experience. Kuala Lumpur, for the third consecutive year has been voted as the Most Affordable City in the World for Students (QS Best Student Cities Survey 2016). Students can register for a foundation programme at USD2,000, a degree at USD10,000 a Medical degree at USD85,000," Mohd Yazid said.

Many colleges in Malaysia offer twinning programmes and some leading universities offer joint degree programmes with reputable foreign partner universities. Such programmes allow students to study in two campuses across two countries and graduate with dual certification from both institutions or a certification from the foreign partner university.

"The Higher Education Blueprint (2015-2025) outlines clear strategies in redesigning higher education in Malaysia, focussing on creating holistic graduates - graduates with knowledge, practical, entrepreneurial, information management, problem-solving, communication and social skills, social responsibility, and strong ethics and values.

"Almost 2,000 Sri Lankan students make up the international student community in Malaysia. With its cultural, religious and geographical proximity, Malaysia is the ideal education destination for Sri Lankans who seek quality higher education and a great student experience. We look forward to welcoming many more students from Sri Lanka to our institutions," Mohd Yazid said.

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About Education Malaysia Global Services

Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) is a non-profit company, limited by guarantee, wholly owned by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) Malaysia. EMGS acts as a One Stop Centre for international student services. EMGS is responsible for the management and processing of applications for a Student Pass to higher education institutions in Malaysia. EMGS also leads the worldwide promotion of education in Malaysia. At present, higher education institutions in Malaysia hosts over 132,000 international students from more than 120 countries.

Source: Education Malaysia Global Services