Dubai – “ASWAQ”
Oman is among the countries that have the highest number of students studying in Malaysia, and the number is expected to increase gradually, according to the Malaysian Embassy.
“More than 500 students from Oman go to Malaysia for education each year. It is becoming a preferred education destination due to its multi-cultural diversity and the free way of life. We hope the number will increase as we are intensifying the promotional programmes,” Mohd Norhisyam bin Mohd Yusof, Charge d’Affaires at the Malaysian Embassy, told Muscat Daily.
He was speaking on the sidelines of a two-day exhibition aimed at promoting educational services in Malaysia that began on Tuesday. “Right now, we are focusing on promoting postgraduate and research programmes, and by 2020, Malaysia hopes to become the educational hub of the region. This can be attributed to affordability, and also to the fact that the quality of education is at par with British and Australian universities. Education in Malaysian institutions costs at least 60% less, when compared to these countries.”
Organized by Dome Higher Education Services Oman, a part of GlobalEdu, an overseas education consultancy, the exhibition attracted ten colleges from Malaysia, as well as a large number of students and parents who browsed through the programmes on offer.
Asha Lily Thomas, chief academic advisor, Higher Education Services Oman, said that Malaysia offers a wide range of study options at affordable rates. “The quality of education in Malaysia conforms to international standards and is monitored by the Ministry of Higher Education in Malaysia through quality control authorities. “The low cost of education in Malaysia, coupled with the availability of internationally-recognized qualifications, is another reason many Omanis choose to go there.”