FURTHERING education can help in enhancing skills for a career change, and Malaysia is one of the popular countries chosen by students or graduates opting to study abroad, as it has many universities that offer various programmes and modules.
Students and fresh graduates flocked to the August Edition of the Biggest Education Malaysia Expo 2019 (Yes2Malaysia) at Mulia Hotel in Anggerek Desa yesterday to get first-hand information on programmes and modules offered by universities in Malaysia.
Speaking to the Weekend Bulletin, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of REXPO Ahmad Rezal Chan said the expo received a splendid response from the public every year and continues to receive demand of education in Malaysia among Bruneians.
“The Education Malaysia Expo is held twice a year – February and August, normally when the IGCSE and ‘A’ Level examination results are released, and today we have 29 universities comprising public and private as well as branches of campuses at the expo,” he said.
Ahmad Rezal Chan underlined that the close proximity of Malaysia and similarities in culture are among the strong factors attracting Bruneians to study in Malaysia.
Highlighting on the common programmes or modules taken by Bruneians, the CEO of REXPO said engineering, medicine and IT are among the common programmes chosen as well as sports management.
Rozin Jaafar, a representative of Education Malaysia Global Assist said, “This year we are proud to say some participating universities are listed under the QS World University Ranking such as UKM.
“In Brunei, the students are looking for quality education, cost of living advantages and location proximity. We also have a representative from a United Kingdom (UK) university who has campuses in Malaysia,” she added.
One of the visitors, Munirah Tahir, an ‘A’ Level student from Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (Maktab Sains) who will sit for the examination this year, shared that she is interested to further her study in Biomedical in Malaysia.
“The expo is very informative and helpful as we can communicate directly with the representatives of the universities. If we search on the Internet, some of the information is general but here, they explain all the requirements in detail,” she said.
Other visitors Zahirah Shuhaimi, Afiqah Mahli and Hakimah Narudin – final year Bachelor’s Degree Programme students at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) – are considering Malaysia to be one of the countries listed to further their Master’s Degree.
“We are interested to further our studies in UiTM or UPM and we choose Malaysia because we often go there. Through the expo, we can get direct information, talk to several universities and even ask for advice on what modules we can apply for,” they said.
Among the participating universities include Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation, Brickfields Asia College, Curtin University Malaysia, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences, Monash University, Sunway University, Universiti Kuala Lumpur, and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Yes2Malaysia is also giving free flight tickets as incentives to students joining selected participating universities but terms and conditions are applicable.
Organised by REXPO, Education Malaysia Global Assist, MEG Educational Services and AdXpert Marketing, Yes2Malaysia is held for two days from 2pm-6pm, and ends today.