2020

Why International Students Prefer to Study in Malaysia

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Stunning landscape, amazing cultures, great foods, and the busy metropolitan areas. These are what make Malaysia “Truly Asia”. It is a country with one of the most diverse nations in Southeast Asia, with over 137 languages spoken, 878 islands, and consist of multi-ethnic. Apart from its people and its fascinating environment, Malaysia’s also known for its excellent education.

Malaysia’s international education sector has grown rapidly in the past year. It is always recognized as one of Southeast Asia’s leading study destinations for international students. According to UNESCO 2019, there are a total of 63,253 students abroad from more than 100 different countries.

With this massive amount of students abroad which keeps on increasing every year, it encourages more international students to study in Malaysia. And here, we’re going to provide reasons why international students choose to study in Malaysia!

Why study in Malaysia?

1. High Quality of Education

To ensure that Malaysian Universities have a good quality standard, the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) provides the guidelines and monitors the quality assurance practices and national higher education’s accreditation. Moreover, Kuala Lumpur, the national capital and largest city in Malaysia, held the position  29th position as the best student cities according to QS Top Universities.

As a result, students will graduate with an international standard. Furthermore, employers tend to view graduates with international standard degrees as having better communication skills, independence, intellectual and exposed to a mix of cultures: the combination for a perfect office employee.

2. Lower Cost of Study and Living

One of the crucial aspects that we have to think about when studying abroad is money. According to QS Top University 2019, Kuala Lumpur rank #2 on the best city in terms of affordability. The average cost of living in Malaysia is only USD 5,000 per year. With such lower cost than other countries, Malaysia still managed to provide Universities that are internationally recognized with great quality study programs.

Let’s take an example from University of Nottingham Malaysia, which is located in Semenyih. Students can learn with the same curriculum as University of Nottingham UK but with lower fees since the Malaysian campus uses MYR while UK campus uses poundsterling. Here we provide some comparison of the same programs from both Universities and their fees :

Programs

University of Nottingham Malaysian Campus 2020 fee per annum (in MYR or GBP)

University of Nottingham UK Campus 2020 fee per annum (in GBP or MYR)

BSc (Hons) Finance, Accounting, and Management

MYR 37,000 or GBP 6,722

GBP 18,420 MYR 101,381

BA (Hons) Education

MYR 27,600 or GBP 5,014

GBP 18,420 MYR 101,381

BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

MYR 47,500 or GBP 8,630

GBP 23,760 or MYR 130,772

BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering 

MYR 47,500 or GBP 8,630

GBP 23,760 or MYR 130,772

BSc (Hons) Computer Science

MYR 39,500 or GBP 7,176

GBP 23,760 or MYR 130,772

Another example is Heriot-Watt University, a public university based in the UK and has a branch that is located in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Below, we provide a comparison of fees for both universities :

Programs

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia 2020 fee per annum (in MYR or GBP)

Heriot-Watt University UK 2020 fee per annum (in GBP or MYR) 

BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science

MYR 43,920 or GBP 7,981

GBP 15,080 or MYR 82,985

BBA (Hons) of Business Administration

MYR 35,500 or GBP 6,451

GBP 15,080 or MYR 82,985

BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

MYR 45,000 or GBP 8,177

GBP 19,400 or MYR 106,758

BSc (Hons) Psychology

 

MYR 35,500 or GBP 6,451

GBP 15,080 or MYR 82,985

BSc (Hons) Statistical Data Science

MYR 43,920 or GBP 7,981

GBP 15,080 or MYR 82,985

3. Multicultural Environment

The country is a mix of people from all over the world with various number of ideologies, races, languages, tribes, and cultures. The diversity of Malaysia will allow students to improve their understanding of different cultures throughout the world. As a result of its diverse cultures and religions, Malaysians celebrates many national holidays that can expose students to learn about the festivals and experience it live.

Another thing that is unique is Malaysia’s own dishes. It’s nothing like you’ve ever tried before! Cuisines from Malaysian, Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern, to Western are easily found here. Local cuisine such as nasi lemak, mee goreng, apam balik, asam laksa, roti canai, and cendol, all are a must-try. They are all easy to find, cheap, and most importantly, they’re delicious!

4. Safe and Peaceful Place

Malaysia is located in a geographically safe zone, free from all kinds of natural disasters. It is considered one of the safest countries with a low crime rate. In 2019, Malaysia ranked 16th the safest country in the world according to Global Peace Index (GPI) , up nine places from the previous year. Furthermore, with its modern infrastructure and efficient transportation system, Malaysia makes a safe and comfortable place to live, study, and work.

5. Job Opportunities for International Students

If you think you cannot earn your money while studying in Malaysia, fret-not since the government allows it! The government allows international students to work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours per week during semester break. However, there are certain restrictions for international students to work in Malaysia. Students are not able to work as a cashier and singers, masseurs, musicians or GRO at a Hotel.

6. Pathways to Other International Universities

A huge part of Malaysia’s state investment in higher education is its increasing partnerships with universities overseas. Thus, plenty of private colleges and universities in Malaysia offers a pathway to other international universities in various way. 

Sunway University, for example, offers an American Degree Program which allows students to transfer seamlessly to America to complete their studies. HELP University is another example where they offer a UK Degree Transfer Program (Law) that gives students the opportunity to transfer to leading partner universities in the United Kingdom. But,if you preferred to transfer to Australia, Monash University Malaysia offers the program.

If you’re curious and need more information about transfer programs in Malaysia, feel free to contact us here.

7. No Language Barrier

The official and national language of Malaysia is Bahasa Melayu (Malaysian Language). However, since Malaysia is so diverse, majority of them are quite fluent in communicating with English. Since they also contains 3 large groups of races: Malay, Chinese, and Indian, they also often use Tamil and Mandarin as their daily/secondary language. Therefore, students can interact with English and also learn new languages if they study in Malaysia.

8. Beautiful Sceneries Anywhere You Go

Exploring the beautiful and diverse landscape of Malaysia can be an option to fill in your leisure time. Traveling in a breath-taking, friendly, affordable, and culturally rich country is something you should experience. Here are our recommendations on some of the best place to visit in Malaysia:

  • Penang
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Melaka
  • Ipoh, Perak
  • Genting Highlands, Pahang
  • Bukit Tinggi, Pahang
  • Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
  • Langkawi Island

9. Convenient Transportations Available

The Malaysian government has settled a lot of public transportations options for their people, especially if you live in big cities like Kuala Lumpur. Options such as LRT, MRT, BRT (Sunway only), GrabCar, Taxi, KL Monorail, My Rapid Buses, KTM Komuter, are available to be used for you to go anywhere. For its air transport, it’s known that Malaysia’s airport is one of it’s best, held the 22nd position for the busiest airport in the world and 54th for the world’s best airport, according to SKYTRAX .

10. Various Choice of Education

When you decided to study in Malaysia, there are plenty of degree choices that might suit what you want. If you’re planning to start your pre-uni, it’s best for you to take Foundation or Diploma. On the other hand, if you want to start your university immediately, you can surely go straight to Bachelor as long as you meet the minimum requirement. There are also plenty of colleges and universities that you can choose, whether it’s private or public. Below we provide 11 foreign university branch campuses that are internationally recognized.

For more information about the universities above, contact us!

So? Does your heart start to follow your mind to pursue your studies in Malaysia? If yes, then don’t hesitate to contact us! We’ll help you 100% and we provide best consultancy services for FREE!

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Computer Science vs Information Technology: What’s Their Difference and Which One Should You Choose?

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We are now entering the era of the industrial revolution 4.0 (also known as industrial 4.0) which can rapidly change the way we communicate, work, interact. It basically gives a huge impact on the way we live. To give a brief description, Forbes stated that industrial 4.0 is the enhancement of industrial 3.0 that is more focused on smart and autonomous system such as cloud, big analytics data, machine learning, and internet of things (IoT).

As a student, we can begin our first step in facing Industrial 4.0 with studying fields that are closely related to it. Some of the options are Computer Science and Information Technology.

But, the one common question now is: which one should you choose?

Both Computer Science and IT deals with computers and a student studying in either one of the fields will learn a little about both regardless of which field they chose. It all depends on what area that suits the student’s interest the most.

Computer Science (CS)

If you’re interested in the combination of maths and algorithms, then Computer Science is the perfect field for you! This field allows students to understand the “why” and “how” behind computer programs. It helps the students to know the computer theory and master the mathematical algorithm which are necessary to write code. Furthermore, it allows them to create, develop, and design a more efficient computer program. 

Computer Science uses various programming languages to communicate with computers, such as Java, Python, C++, etc. However, each programming language has its own strengths and weaknesses in solving different problems. A computer scientists have to know how to utilize the languages that they are familiar with, effectively and efficiently. You are not expected to understand all kinds of programming language fully, since it really depends on the University that offers the course

Career Options

  • Computer programmer
  • Software Developer
  • Computer System Analyst
  • Software Engineer
  • Web Developer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Computer Network Architect

Information Technology (IT)

Data, Information, and Computing.

If those words excite you, then IT is your answer! In contrast to Computer Science, this field uses more of the computer systems and network to process and distribute data. IT students will learn how to protect and organize their data in the most efficient and accessible way for everyone. 

As the name of the course is, IT is related closely to utilizing new technology. IT professionals are “technology implementer and practitioners”. Generally, they must be familiar with the usage of operating systems and server software, such as Linux, MySQL, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server

Career Options

  • Information Technology Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • Data Scientist
  • IT Manager
  • Cloud Computing Manager/Engineer
  • Information Security Manager
  • Mobile Apps Developer
  • Network Architect

General Qualifications for Both CS and IT

In order to enter into CS or IT courses, you will generally need:

Programs

Requirements

Diploma in Information Technology*

  • SPM/O-Level: Minimum CCC including Mathematics
  • UEC: Minimum BBB including Mathematics

Degree in Information Technology/Computer Science*

  • A-Level: Minimum of 2Es
  • STPM: Minimum of 2Cs
  • Australian Matriculation: Minimum of ATAR 60Foundation in Science or IT/Computing: Minimum CGPA of 2.00; or
  • Diploma: Minimum CGPA of 2.50

*requirements may vary among universities.

5 Recommended Universities in Malaysia to study IT and/or CS

1. Asia Pacific University (APU)

General Intakes: February, April, September.

Qualification(s):
          -Bachelor in Information Technology (Hons)
          -Bachelor in Computer Science (Hons)

Indicative fee for 3 years (2020):
          -Bachelor in Information Technology (Hons)
            Local: RM 85,800
            International:
RM 86,400
          -Bachelor in Computer Science (Hons)
            Local: RM 85,800
            International: RM 86,400

2. Taylor's University

General Intakes: March, August.

Qualification(s):
          -Bachelor in Information Technology (Hons)(Internet Technologies)
          -Bachelor in Computer Science (Hons)(Software Engineering)

Indicative fee for 3 years (2020):
          -Bachelor in Information Technology (Hons)
            Local: RM 119,800
          -Bachelor in Computer Science (Hons)
            Local: RM 121,753

3. INTI University

General Intakes: January, May, August.

Qualification(s):
          -Bachelor in Information Technology (Hons)
          -Bachelor in Computer Science (Hons)

Indicative fee for 3 years (2020):
          -Bachelor in Information Technology (Hons)
            Local: RM 63,560
            International:
RM 73,052
          -Bachelor in Computer Science (Hons)
            Local: RM 68,376
            International: RM 73,780

4. Monash University Malaysia

General Intakes: February, July, October.

Qualification(s):
          -Bachelor in Computer Science (Hons)

Indicative fee (2020):
          -Bachelor in Computer Science (Hons)
            Local: RM 40,820/year
            International: RM 46,640/year

5. University of Nottingham Malaysia

General Intakes: September.

Qualification(s):
          -Bachelor of Computer Science(Hons)
           -Bachelor of Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence
           -Bachelor of Software Engineering

Indicative fee (2020):
            Local: RM 39,500/year
            International:
RM 46,00/year       

In case you’re still confused about what’s the main difference between CS and IT, let us give you a recap:

  • Computer Science (CS) focuses on the combinations of mathematical and theoretical foundations of computing 
  • Information Technology (IT) focuses on the approach and the application of data and computing technology (in organizations)

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Study Design and Visual Arts in Australia (2020)

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A common misconception people may hold to creative arts degree is that they do not see it as valuable as compared to a science or business degree. Perhaps it is of the unstable career pathway in the future that makes people hesitate choosing a creative arts degree, but we believe every course has its own unique qualities that are applicable in many ways.

Skills are highly transferable

Art courses train you the practicalities of creating art work, that is an undeniable fact. Other than that, they also hone skills like analytical skills, computing skills, teamwork skills, creative and independent thinking, problem-solving abilities and communication skills. These skills are applicable to many job industries

Job Opportunities

As mentioned, since art degree skills are highly transferable, it is flexible enough to go into most creative industries. From teaching, TV production, illustration, to interior design, creative arts and design is a large industry with many prospects.

Experience is the Key

Most students may now realise that: getting a degree is not enough, they would need experience too. Which is why most universities offer internships, activities, and platforms for aspiring art students to connect with potential clients and companies.

Different Fields

Creative Arts and Design is a vast field, and its name alone cannot express the many amount of specialisations you can choose from:

  • Architectural Design 
  • Animation
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion
  • Fine Arts
  • Computational Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Set Design

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Recommended Universities to Study Design and Visual Arts:​

And finally, we will recommend some universities to study design and visual arts, while listing all of the majors available. This list is based on the the 2019 QS World Ranking for each university’s Bachelor and Master program in Design and Visual Arts. They are guaranteed to be credible, as they rank their subjects based on:

  • High enrolment rate in the program
  • High courses satisfaction rates among students and recent graduates
  • High employment rate

Without further ado, here all all the undergraduate and postgraduate design and visual arts degrees.

1. RMIT University

RMIT holds a proud and reputable position at #12 in the 2019 QS World Ranking. They boast their high-funded art studio facilities which combine both contemporary and cultural aspects of design and technology, thus training top-tier design and visual artists.

They also emphasize a lot in shaping the future of the design industry. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with local and international designers, lecturers and scholars who are familiar with the relevant industry.
Undergraduate
Programme NameMajorsIndicative fee (2020)
Bachelor of DesignAnimation and Interactive MediaAUD  $35,520
Digital Media
Communication Design
GamesAUD  $34,560
Bachelor of Industrial DesignN/AAUD  $38,400
Bachelor of FashionMerchandise ManagementAUD  $34,560
DesignAUD  $35,520
EnterpriseAUD  $35,520
Bachelor of Interior DesignN/AAUD  $38,400
Postgraduate:
Programme NameIndicative fee (2020)
Master of Animation, Games and InteractivityAUD $31,680
Master of DesignAUD $32,640
Master of Design FutureAUD $33,120
Master of Design Innovative and TechnologyAUD $39,360
Master of Communication DesignAUD $32,640
Master of Design (Architecture & Design)AUD $34,560
Master of Design (Fashion & Textile)AUD $30,720
Master of Technology (Fashion & Textile)AUD $30,720
Master of Fashion (Design)AUD $32,640
Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship)AUD $32,640

2. University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

The UTS School of Design is ranked at #23 is the 2019 QS World Ranking in Design and Arts. They strive to be the pioneers of the transformation of contemporary design culture through their research and education, which will prepare you for the job market. 

They also promise the state of the art facilities in the heart of Sydney, providing students a lot of leverage into the creative scene in the big city.

Undergraduate
Programme NameMajorsIndicative fee (2020)
Bachelor of DesignArchitectureAUD $38,060
Photography
Interior Architecture
Animation
Product Design
Fashion and Textiles
Visual Communication
ArchitectureAUD $38,720
Postgraduate:
Programme NameIndicative fee (2020)
Master of DesignAUD $38,060
Master of AnimationAUD $38,060

3. University of New South Wales (UNSW)

UNSW’s design programmes are ranked at #31 in the 2019 QS World Ranking in Design and Arts. Their degrees equips the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to face the ever-changing creative industry. 

They provide a range of facilities which are able to let students hone their skills in multiple specialisations, such as: graphics, objects, 3D visualisation, textiles, interaction and experience design. 

Undergraduate
Programme NameIndicative fee (2020)
Bachelor of Art TheoryAUD $38,060
Bachelor of DesignAUD $36,480
Bachelor of Fine ArtsAUD $36,480
Bachelor of Media ArtsAUD $36,480
Bachelor of Computational DesignAUD $40,020
Bachelor of Industrial DesignAUD $39,840
Postgraduate:
Programme NameIndicative fee (2020)
Master of DesignAUD $36,000
Master of Visualisation, Simulation & Immersive DesignAUD $37,800

4. The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne’s design degrees sit comfortably at the #34 position in the QS World Rankings in arts and design. They not only emphasize greatly on practical designing skills, but also the ability to apply design thinking in many different aspects.

They boast their state-of-the-art teaching facilities and design studios that aids students in reaching their full potential. There are also site visits, field trips and constant interaction with industry practitioners that will help students to be more well-versed with the industries.

Undergraduate
Programme NameMajorsIndicative fee (2020)
Bachelor of DesignArchitectureAUD $34,112 – $44,632
Computing
Digital Technologies
Graphic Design
Landscape Architecture
Performance Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Design and Production)Stage ManagementAUD $30,112
Light Technology
Lighting Design
Sound Technology
Sound Design
Costume Construction
Costume Design
Set and Props Construction
Set Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation)N/AAUD $54,948
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)N/AAUD $30,112
Postgraduate:
Programme NameIndicative fee (2020)
Master of Design for PerformanceAUD $33,696
Master of Production Design for Screen AUD $33,696
Master of Contemporary ArtAUD $33,696
Master of Design for PerformanceAUD $33,696

5. Griffith University

Griffith University’s partnering college – The Queensland College of Art is one of Australia’s longest-running art and design colleges. Along with The Griffith Film School, which is the largest film school in Australia. 

The students will learn closely with people in world-class facilities who are constantly pushing the boundaries of visual and creative arts, preparing you with the skills that can be used anywhere internationally.

Undergraduate 
Programme NameIndicative fee (2020)
Bachelor of AnimationAUD $29,500
Bachelor of Creative and Interactive MediaAUD $29,500
Bachelor of DesignAUD $29,500
Bachelor of Fine ArtsAUD $29,500
Bachelor of Creative IndustriesAUD $31,000
Bachelor of PhotographyAUD $29,500
Bachelor of Film and Screen Media ProductionAUD $29,500
Bachelor of Games DesignAUD $30,000
Bachelor of Architectural DesignAUD $32,500
Postgraduate:
Programme NameIndicative fee (2020)
Master of Interactive MediaAUD $33,000
Master of Screen ProductionAUD $39,500
Master of Design ResearchAUD $31,000
Master of Arts in Visual ArtsAUD $33,000
Master of DesignAUD $33,000
Master of Visual ArtsAUD $31,000
Master of ArchitectureAUD $32,500

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Top 5 Universities to Study Electronic & Electrical Engineering in Malaysia 2020

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What is Electronic & Electrical Engineering?

Electrical engineering is related to manage power generation, storage and transmission. Electronics engineering is about electronic appliances, devices and applications. These two types of engineering are similar and their field of expertise often overlapped with each other. Electronics engineers often deal with small electronic parts, circuit boards, wiring, and etc. As for electrical engineers, they deal with bigger components such as generator and storage.

The Degree courses normally will take 4 years to complete the entire programme. Once you finish the undergraduate programme, you will have to choose to pursue postgraduate programme (Master). Additionally, you are able to register with BEM as a Graduate Engineer once you completed a Degree in Electronics and Electrical. This will provide you more career opportunities as a professional engineer.

What skills do you need to be an Electronic Engineer?

1. Creative

If you are curious and eager to learn new stuff, this would be one of the ideal courses for you. Assemble electronic parts and make it a workable circuit board or dismantle electronics just to know what’s inside. Creativity and innovations are needed to make a breakthrough in electrical and electronics field.

2. Good in Mathematics and Computer

Although science isn’t one of electronic engineer’s strong suits, they heavily relies on mere calculation and digital programming skills. Dealing with complex mathematics and coding are the common tasks for them, but it won’t be easy to solve it.

3. Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving skills

Electrical & electronic engineers normally encounter issues related to programming, design and system, there will be some complex problems that require critical thinking skills. Analytical skills and strategic thinking are an essential component for engineers to overcome barriers on a daily basis.

Subjects for Electronic & Electrical Engineering

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Computing Applications for Engineers
  • Engineering Design and Project Management
  • Electromagnetic Fields & Waves
  • Microprocessors and Computer Architecture
  • High Voltage Engineering
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering Group Project
  • Professional Engineers and Society

General Qualifications

In order to enter into Electronic & Electrical Engineering courses, you will generally need:
Programme Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree (4/4.5-Years)
  • SPM/O-Level: Minimum 3 credits including Mathematics and one Science subject; and
  • STPM/A-Level: Minimum 2Cs in Maths and Physics; or
  • Austalian Matriculation: Minimum of ATAR 60.0 including Maths and Physics; or
  • Diploma: Minimum CGPA of 2.00; or
  • Foundation in Science: Minimum CGPA of 2.00
Note: The information displayed above may vary between universities, colleges, and institutions.

Career Options for Electronic & Electrical Engineering

  • Appliances Engineer
  • Communication Engineer
  • Computer Engineer
  • Construction Engineer
  • Control Engineer
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineer
  • Instrumentation Engineer

1. University of Nottingham

Campus: Semeyih, Selangor

Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng / MEng (Hons)
General Intake: September
Indicative fee of 3/4-years (Full-time) (2019): RM190,000

2. Heriot-Watt University

Campus: Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

BEng (Hons) / MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering
General Intake: September
Indicative fee of 3/4-years (Full-time) (2019): RM173,120

3. Taylor University

Campus: Subang Jaya, Selangor

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering
General Intake: March & August
Indicative fee of 4-years (Full-time) (2019): RM135,200

4. Segi University

Campus: Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya

BEng (Hons) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering
General Intake: January, May & September
Indicative fee of 4/4.5-years (Full-time) (2019): RM79,710

5. Monash University

Campus: Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya

Bachelor of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (Honours)
General Intake: February, July or October
Indicative fee of 4-years (Full-time) (2019): RM186,800

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Top 4 Universities to Study Petroleum Engineering in Malaysia 2020

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What is the study of Petroleum Engineering?

Petroleum Engineering is a field of engineering concerned with the activities related to the production of hydrocarbons, which can be either crude oil or natural gas. It is well-known for its hazardous and dangerous working environment, petroleum engineer usually work offshore in the middle of the sea, staying on top of the platform. Petroleum Engineer also needed to stay a few weeks or months on the platform without going back home every single day. The paid for Petroleum Engineer is considered high among all other engineering careers due to the high risk and skills needed to complete the tasks.

Joining petroleum engineering courses will take 4-years of study, learning the fundamentals of chemistry and physics as well as numerous projects in year 4 study.

What skills do you need to be a Petroleum Engineer?

Science and Computer Knowledge

Petroleum engineering study is hard enough and you will need to know the basic of technology such as software in order to assist you in completing the tasks efficiently and effectively. Strong foundation in science is crucial in engineering courses, especially in physics and chemistry.

Determination and Problem-solving skills

Offshore drilling took place far away in the middle of oceans, it is risky and dangerous when an accident occured on the platform such as fires, toxic gases, and explosions. It is extremely dangerous to expose to highly combustion gases while drilling down deep to search for petroleum. Having the determination and problem-solving skills helps you to deal with emergency situations and stay calm at the same time.

An Analytical Mind

Being a Petroleum Engineer, you will need an analytical mind to assist yourself in planning, implementing, and evaluating the whole process. In the field of petroleum engineering, it is a risky business in extracting oil and gas, therefore, an analytical mind helps you in breaking down a plan to numerous elements which you need to maximize the effectiveness and calculate the potential risk that may involved while implementing the tasks. It also helps you to think critically and strategically in order to carry out the plan smoothly.

Subjects for Petroleum Engineering

  • Fundamental of Petroleum Engineering
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Safety in Oil & Gas Engineering
  • Production Engineering
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Field Development Project
  • Petroleum Economics

General Qualifications

In order to enter into Petroleum courses, you will generally need:
Programme Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree (4-Years)
  • STPM/A-Level: Minimum 2Ds including Mathematics and Physics; or
  • Austalian Matriculation: Minimum of ATAR 50, including a minimum average of 60% in Mathematics and Physics; or
  • Foundation in Science: Minimum CGPA 2.00
Note: The information displayed above may vary between universities, colleges, and institutions.

Career Options for Petroleum

  • Drilling Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Field Engineer
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Operation Engineer
  • Project Development Engineer
  • Mud Engineer
  • Well Completion Engineer
  • Cost Engineer
  • Workover Engineer

1. Heriot-Watt University

Campus: Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

MSc Petroleum Engineering
General Intake: September
Indicative fee of 1-years (Full-time) (2019): RM173,120

2. Curtin University

Campus: Miri, Sarawak

Bachelor of Engineering (Petroleum Engineering)(Honours)
General Intake: February or July
Indicative fee of 4-years (Full-time) (2019): RM118,784

3. Asia Pacific University (APU)

Campus: Taman Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

B. Eng (Hons) in Petroleum Engineering
General Intake: September & November
Indicative fee of 4-years (Full-time) (2019): RM98,900

4. UCSI University

Campus: Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur

Bachelor Of Engineering (Honours) Petroleum Engineering
General Intake: January, May & September
Indicative fee of 4-years (Full-time) (2019): RM79,170

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Process of Getting a Student Visa to Australia

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Let’s face it, studying abroad is very terrifying, especially if you’re a young student trying to make your way in this world. Which is why you’ll need all the help you can get! We will provide a simple walkthrough on how to apply for a student visa to Australia

Not only that, here in Excel Education, we provide FREE guidance and assistance to applying for your student visa as well! So do contact us! We’d be happy to help!

You Can Apply Online!

You heard that right! The digital age is upon us and applying for visas is easier than ever! Firstly, you will need to create an account – your ImmiAccount – at DIBP’s online application system. 

You will need to provide your name, your email address and phone number. 

Once you’ve submitted your application, you will be given a Transaction Reference Number (TRN) to track your application status online.

Make Sure You Applied for an Institution

Before applying for a student visa, you must have applied for an institution for you studies, and be accepted. This is because you will need your proof of enrolment  (your Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment) as part of your application document. 

If you are going to commit to 2 or more programmes, for example, you’ve applied for an undergraduate degree and an English proficiency programme, you are required to have proof of enrolment for each.

The Documents You’ll Need

Firstly, you must make sure everything is in digital format. Furthermore, the documents you need is different depending on your nationality and the course you choose to study. So make sure you confirm this with your education counselor, or you can ask us.

Generally, you will need:

  • Proof of enrolment (your Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment) for each of the programmes you’re studying
  • Your health insurance (Overseas Student Health Cover) policy details
  • Your Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) statement
  • Evidence of your English skills 
  • Statement of purpose
  • Evidence of financial ability (tuition fees, living expenses, expenses for dependents, return airfare).
  • A valid passport
  • Visa application fee
  • Academic and work experience documents
  • Parental consent if you are under 18 years old

When to apply?

Your application should be submitted no later than 6 weeks before the start of your programme, and no earlier than 12 weeks.

Some regulations to uphold

Even though you have successfully gotten your student visa, there are a few conditions to maintain so your visa can remain valid: 

  • Must remain enrolled and maintain satisfactory  grades and attendance throughout your course
  • Provide the address of your residence to your university or college (and update them a new one if you move)
  • Be able to financially support yourself throughout the duration of your stay in Australia
  • Do not breach the working terms of your visa

If you wish to change the qualifications of your visa, you can ask your school’s counsellor for that information, and prepare the necessary documents. There may also be an interview held for the student visa change, so you should prepare for that as well.

Hopefully this can help you to further your studies! To apply or submit any enquiries, please contact us!

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Top 5 Universities to Study Pharmacy in Malaysia 2020

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What is Pharmacy?

Pharmacy is the science and technique of preparing, dispensing, and reviewing drugs and providing additional clinical services. Pharmacist carry out research and study on newly drugs to ensure the safe, effective and affordable use of drugs. Once the drug is approved, companies from pharmaceutical industries will manufacture and mass produce the drug. 

Joining pharmaceutical courses will take 4-years of study, learning the fundamentals of chemistry and drugs as well as tackling numerous clinical subjects.

What skills do you need to be a Pharmacist?

Good in Chemistry and Biology

In order to become Pharmacist, you will need to understand the basics of chemistry and biology as well as interested in human biology. The drugs developed are mostly used on humans, therefore, you will need to know the effects and risks that the drug may pose to the human body. Mathematics is also one of the essential elements for pharmacist, a lot of calculations will be involved in developing a new drug and run test.

Interested in Drug Innovations

Drugs and Medicine plays a major role in protecting our health from infection and sickness. It often require extensive clinical trials, study and research in order to ensure it safe to consume for the general public. If you are into drug development, this course is suitable for you.

An Analytical Mind

Analytical thinking is a vital element of visual thinking that gives one the skill to solve issues quickly and effectively. Pharmacist will need an analytical mind to measure and evaluate the result, generate hypotheses and achieve it in the end.

Subjects for Pharmaceutical

  • Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Biochemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Clinical Pharmacy & Therapeutics

General Qualifications

In order to enter into Pharmaceutical courses, you will generally need:
Programme Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree (4-Years)
    • SPM/O-Level: Minimum 5Bs including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics/Additional Mathematics; and
    • STPM/A-Level: Grades BBB/ABC/ AAC in 3 subjects (Biology & Chemistry & Physics/Mathematics), with B in Chemistry
    • Austalian Matriculation: Minimum of 75 ATAR and Score B in Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics/Physics; or
  • UEC: 5Bs, with B4 in Biology & Chemistry, B5 in Physics/Mathematics); or
  • Diploma: Minimum CGPA of 3.50
  • Foundation: Minimum CGPA of 3.00 with B in Chemistry.
Note: The information displayed above may vary between universities, colleges, and institutions.

Career Options for Pharmaceutical

  • Pharmacist
  • Research Officer
  • Pharmacy sales person
  • Pharmacy entrepreneur
  • Clinical trainer

1. Monash University

Campus: Subang Jaya, Selangor

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
General Intake: February
Indicative fee of 4-years (Full-time) (2019): RM202,000

2. University of Nottingham

Campus: Semeyih, Selangor

Pharmacy MPharm (Hons)
General Intake: September
Indicative fee of 4-years (Full-time) (2019): RM180,000

3. Taylor University

Campus: Subang Jaya, Selangor

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)
General Intake: August
Indicative fee of 4-years (Full-time) (2019): RM164,900

4. Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS)

Campus: Cyberjaya, Selangor

Bachelor Of Pharmacy (Hons)
General Intake: August
Indicative fee of 4-years (Full-time) (2019): RM120,000

5. Mahsa University

Campus: Bandar Saujana Putra, Selangor

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)
General Intake: September
Indicative fee of 4-years (Full-time) (2019): RM85,900

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Study Accounting & Finance in Australia 2020

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Overview: What’s the Difference?

In essence, the main difference between Accounting and Finance is that accounting focuses on past records and present reports, then using the information to assess a business’ financial position; while finance deals with using these financial records to for future financial planning, investment decisions and drive new business strategies. Even so, universities’ finance and accounting degrees infuse both elements as they relate closely to each other.

The Industry

Australia’s economy and job market have been growing steadily over the past 5 years, and it is projected to continue growing for the next 5 years. Accounting careers are estimated to grow from 199,200 in 2018 to 207,200 in 2023. 

Furthermore, the average earnings for full-time workers in this industry is around AUD $1,660 per week, though it may be lower when you start out, and it grows progressively as you gain experience over time.

You can get a majority of accounting jobs with a bachelor degree qualification, though diploma in accounting is the minimum qualification in some jobs. (source)

Typical Classes

  • Advanced derivatives
  • Asset markets
  • Auditing
  • Behavioural finance
  • Budget analysis
  • Business strategy
  • Corporate finance
  • Economics/econometrics
  • Financial mathematics
  • Financial management
  • Financial markets
  • Financial planning
  • Financial engineering
  • Financial accounting
  • Financial reporting
  • Forensic accounting
  • Information systems
  • International accounting
  • International finance
  • Macro/microeconomics
  • Management accounting
  • Private equity
  • Professional standards and ethics
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Risk management
  • Venture capital

Recommended Universities to Study Accounting and Finance:​

And finally, we will recommend some universities to study Accounting and Finance. This list is based on the QS World Ranking for each university’s program in Accounting & Finance. They are guaranteed to be credible, as they rank their subjects based on:

  • High enrolment rate in the program
  • High courses satisfaction rates among students and recent graduates
  • High employment rate

Without further ado, here all all the undergraduate and postgraduate accounting and finance degrees.

1. The University of New South Wales (UNSW)

QS World Ranking #15

Undergraduate:
Programme NameMajorsIndicative fee (2020)
Bachelor of CommerceAccountingAUD  $43,440
Finance
Financial Economics
Postgraduate:
Programme NameIndicative fee (2020)
Master of FinanceAUD $47,040
Master of Financial AnalysisAUD $47,040
Master of Financial PlanningAUD $47,040
Master of Professional AccountingAUD $47,040
Master of TaxationAUD $47,040

2. The University of Melbourne

QS World Ranking #16

Undergraduate:
Programme NameMajorsIndicative fee (2020)
Bachelor of CommerceAccountingAUD $41,840 –  $44,756
Finance
Postgraduate:
Programme NameIndicative fee (2020)
Master of FinanceAUD $48,448

3. The University of Sydney

QS World Ranking #22

Undergraduate:
Programme NameMajorsIndicative fee (2020)
Bachelor of CommerceAccountingAUD $44,000
Finance
Postgraduate:
Programme NameMajorsIndicative fee (2020)
Master of CommerceAccountingAUD $49,000
Finance
Master of Professional AccountingN/AAUD $49,000

4. Monash University

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QS World Ranking #33

Undergraduate:
Programme NameMajorsIndicative fee (2020)
Bachelor of AccountingN/AAUD $45,000
Bachelor of Banking and FinanceN/AAUD $45,000
Bachelor of CommerceAccountingAUD $45,000
Finance
Bachelor of FinanceN/AAUD $45,000
Postgraduate:
Programme NameIndicative fee (2020)
Master of AccountingAUD $45,800
Master of Advanced FinanceAUD $45,800
Master of Banking and FinanceAUD $45,800

5. The Australian National University

QS World Ranking #39

Undergraduate:
Programme NameMajorsIndicative fee (2020)
Bachelor of CommerceAccountingAUD $43,680
Finance
Postgraduate:
Programme NameIndicative fee (2020)
Master of AccountingAUD $34,560
Master of Applied FinanceAUD $34,560
Master of FinanceAUD $34,560
Master of Professional AccountingAUD $34,560

Hopefully this can help you to further your studies! To apply or submit any enquiries, please contact us!

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Top 5 Universities to Study Diploma in Interior Design in Malaysia 2020

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Why study Interior Design?

Interior design is all about the combination of art and science in improving a building’s interior, creating a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for individuals who experience the room. It affects the way how people live, work, play and even heal by creating comfortable homes, functional workplaces, and beautiful public spaces. Interior Designer is considered as a professional that required in building and design sectors.

Being an interior designer is not a simple task as he or she needs to possess the knowledge and skill to manage textiles, materials, colour, space planning, sustainability, safety, health, and building codes in order to achieve a balance from all elements. As the field of design keeps on changing, interior designers will need to adapt to software applications for 2D & 3D. The people who work with an interior designers are often to be contractors, architects, engineers, craftsmen, furniture, dealers, and business and homeowners.

The employment rate for interior designer shows significant grow since 2014 due to the 8.7% growth in the building sector in Malaysia that directly provide opportunities to foster the growth of interior designers and decorators in the nation. Although there are surrounding rumors about the salary of an interior designer is often less than expected, well, it depends.

What skills do you need to become an Interior Designer?

A Strong Sense in Arts

Understanding the basics of color wheel could be beneficial for both your studies and future career, you would easily understand the core concepts and logic behind all designs and arrangements. Different types of colour influence our emotions in different ways, for most people, blue colour represents as sky (Freedom), green colour represents as nature (Relax), and etc.

Communication skills

As an interior designer, you will need to understand the needs and wants of your client, it is not only about your perspective on the design, you will also need to understand clearly from the point of view of your client. Forming a basic draft and matching it with customer’s expectations. Plus, designers will eventually work with other professionals, you will need to communicate well and adapt to different workstyle in order to deliver the best service to customers.

Able to adapt to New Technology

Making good use of technology not only helps interior designers stay organized, but is becoming an industry standard. Learning AutoCAD—NYIAD has a course for that too—and other interior design programs help professionals lay out their vision clearly. They also allow for adjustments down the line and for easy sharing with architects, contractors, and other professionals collaborating on projects.

General Qualifications

In order to enter into Diploma in Interior Design courses, you will generally need:
Programme Requirements
Diploma in Interior Design (2.5/3 Years)
  • SPM/O-Level: Minimum of 3 Credits
Note: The information displayed above may vary between universities, colleges, and institutions.

Career Options for Interior Design

  • Residential design
  • Corporate design
  • Sales representative
  • Facilities management
  • Healthcare design
  • Sales designer
  • Hospitality design
  • Product designer

1. INTI University

Campus: Subang Jaya, Selangor

Diploma in Interior Design
General Intake: January, April and August
Indicative fee of 2.5-years (2019): RM39,120

2. Taylor University

Campus: Subang Jaya, Selangor

Diploma in Interior Design
General Intake: March and August
Indicative fee of 2.5-years (2019): RM60,000

3. Raffles University Iskandar

Campus: Johor Bahru, Johor

Diploma in Interior Design
General Intake: January, May & September
Indicative fee of 2.3-years (2019): RM50,500
*Malaysia’s students (excluded Johor) are eligible for 20% of Scholarships (2019).

4. FirstCity University

Campus: Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya

Diploma in Interior Design
General Intake: January, April, May & October
Indicative fee of 2.3-years (2019): RM34,070

5. LimKokWing University

Campus: Cyberjaya, Selangor

Diploma in Interior Design
General Intake: August
Indicative fee of 3-years (2019): RM49,800
*All Malaysia Students are eligible for 50% of Scholarships (2019).

*Terms and Conditions Apply

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How to Choose the Right Course for You

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Choosing a course can be extremely stressful, and maybe even daunting at most times. What if it is the wrong choice? What if I can’t find a job? Believe me, as a current student who – finally – chose a degree to study, I know how you feel. Despite all that, I am completely happy with what I am currently studying, and I will tell you how I make that right decision.

1. Pay Attention to What You Do

In essence, this means paying attention to your interests, what skills do you possess, and what you are good at. It can be as simple as considering which class was your favourite in high school.

For example, if you enjoyed chemistry, look at university courses which put a lot of emphasis on chemistry courses, like chemical engineering, or petroleum engineering. You may even consider the sports and health division if P.E. was you strongest suit, there will always be a place in this world for you!

Making this decision does not solely rely on practical skills, it can be soft skills too! For me, I realized I am quite outgoing and make friends a lot, I am observant and opinionated, which is why I chose Bachelor of International Communications.

Looking beyond that, consider yourself: are you a person who holds attention to detail? Then you may consider accounting, actuarial, or courses that deal with numbers and logic. Are you a spontaneous person who does not care for rigid rules and factors? Then you may take a look at dynamic courses like economics, or arts.

2. Consider Your Budget

And of course, what is tertiary education if it does not drain your pockets?

Generally, the course fees play a huge factor in which university you choose, and even what education pathway you may take.

For instance, if you have a lower budget, you may consider taking the local government backed STPM, where they will ensure a smooth transition into a local public university. 

For most private universities, their course fees are based on their global rankings. Hence, a course or its university may be more expensive if they hold a higher rank.

Even so, just because a university has a higher ranking, does not mean it should be out of your consideration. Remember, we have to think through ALL factors to make a well-informed decision.

3. Explore Your Options as Much as Possible

In time periods like result day for pre-university exams such as A-Level or SPM, there is bound to be a lot of tertiary education events lining up. No matter if it’s education fairs, seminars, field trips, or free brochures, it is extremely important to use all the resources available to you to leverage yourself as much as possible. 

Because chances are, there will be a lot of information, and it can get overwhelming, so it is crucial you put lots of focus into sifting through all the information.

In a nutshell, flip through every brochure, utilize your time speaking to your school’s education counselors and university representatives, look at their website, ask for a universities’ current student’s opinion, go on university open days, etc. Doing all of these will definitely aid you in finding out your next step, or at least narrowing down to a few viable options to consider.

4. Think About How Versatile is the Degree

If you are absolutely sure about what career path you’re taking, then go for a course that covers a specific major. Otherwise, you can consider going for a generalised version of a course.

For example, if you’re sure you want to do marketing for business in the future, then choose marketing as your major, but if you aren’t sure which specialisation to take, then consider taking a general business degree, which includes a little of everything.

That way, you can acquire different skills and make a well-informed decision when getting a job. 

Many people may think future careers should be the basis of choosing your future degree, but that is not entirely true.

What you study may not necessary define what you do in the future, if you have a marketing degree, some of the skills you acquired can translate into other business departments, or even go into the creative industry.

As a result, going into university is all about learning what skills you wish to acquire, rather than choosing a job, so think about that!

5. Compare the Same Courses from Different Universities

Expanding from the previous point, some universities may give their degree a general name even though they emphasise on a specialisation.

For instance, you are interested in Bachelor of Science in Psychology from a particular university. Though their Bsc in Psychology may focus more on cognitive psychology, rather than clinical psychology which you would prefer more. 

In a nutshell, please pay attention to the classes in a course from different universities if you manage to narrow down your options. Perhaps this last factor may tip the scales in making a decision.

6. A Secret Tip: Contact us!

We understand that choosing a course can be a very long process, which is why we will not hesitate to help! Our professional education consultants know the ins and outs of tertiary education, just hit us up for any enquiries and we can ensure you a bright future ahead.

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