Recent developments are putting Malaysia on the world map, as it focuses on becoming a knowledge-based economy. To develop world-class quality education and meet the demands and requirements of the new millennium, as well as to affirm the position of English as a second language, the Government has initiated major educational reforms by formulating new legislations on education. Malaysia is indeed becoming a dynamic and impressive regional centre for education excellence.

The Expat Group’s mission since our inception in 1996 has been to promote the many positive qualities found in Malaysia which include helping to change the negative western press portrayals of this diverse, vibrant and rapidly growing country. And as expats we bring a solidly credible voice to our publications and websites as we ourselves have chosen to live here as “long stay expats” and have put our own families through the international educational system here all to our satisfaction.

Over the past five years several of the most prestigious British and Australian universities have started to build campuses here for both local Malaysian and expat students, so now one is able to receive a full British Honours degree solely in Malaysia. In addition, there have been several new privatized international schools built and over a dozen are slotted to open in the upcoming next few years. Education is thriving in Malaysia due to a variety of factors including the very low cost of living, the temperate climate, the relatively low crime rate, and the evolving excellence of the education infrastructure here as well as the growing sophistication of the regulatory framework it all works within.

Each year, The Expat Group puts together an education supplement which comes free with The Expat magazine. It is designed to help expat parents and their children to get the best out of education in Malaysia. We hope you derive benefits and enjoyment from our 8th Education Supplement in which we showcase the leading international schools as well as some of the universities and tertiary programmes offered and what each one might have to offer your children.

Click here to read the supplement in full.


It’s Child’s Play
Learning support teacher Mrs. Samantha Munns discusses a recent shift in the UK curriculum towards learning through playing, and explains the importance and benefits of play to children and parents.

Helping Children Overcome Shyness
Mrs. Thomas Peter of Alice Smith International School here discusses how educators and parents can support and encourage shy children as they learn to be more confident and assertive.

School directory listing
Kindergarden directory listing

Learn more about international education in Malaysia from our website.

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