Malaysia offers a mosaic of cultures, delicious food, exciting adventures, friendly people, and breathtaking scenery. Neighboring countries include Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Brunei. The largest ethnic groups in Malaysia are Malay, Chinese, and Indian. In the state of Sarawak, there are also a number of indigenous ethic groups with their own unique culture and heritage.
Sarawak, is the largest state in the Federation and it is known for its vast ethnic diversity and impressive natural wonders. More than 20 ethnic communities reside in Sarawak and they are well known for their friendliness and hospitality. Sarawak is also an ecological paradise boasting the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, the world’s most spectacular cave system, and some of the most fascinating plant, animal, and marine life.
The capital city of Sarawak is Kuching, and it has been described as one of the most attractive and livable cities in southeast Asia. Kuching is rich in history with old-world charm blended into 21st century modernity. The city offers entertainment, restaurants, and nightlife to suit most tastes. The campus of SUTSarawak is just 10 minutes from the city center.
Why Study Abroad in Malaysia?
- Steady economic progression and rapid infrastructural development are hallmarks of Malaysians’ accomplishments.
- Malaysia is made up of the high-end technologically-developed West Malaysia and the more pristine East Malaysia, well-known for eco-tourism and nature tourism.
- Diverse beliefs and cultures co-exist harmoniously both within Malaysia and with its neighboring countries.
- Well-known for its many festivals and celebrations, including the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak.
- An outdoor adventure paradise with activities ranging from scuba diving to hiking to caving.
Quick Facts About Malaysia:
Population: Malaysia = 27 million, State of Sarawak = 2.3 million, City of Kuching = 500,000
Capital: Kuala Lumpur, affectionately known as KL, is the gateway to Malaysia.
Currency: The unit of currency is Malaysian Ringgit indicated as RM. USD $1 is roughly equivalent to RM3.70.
Distance to Malaysia: New York to Kuala Lumpur : 9,400 miles (15,126 km); Los Angeles to Kuala Lumpur : 8,790 miles (14,144 km)
Language: Bahasa Melayu or Malay is the national language but English is widely spoken. The ethnic groups also speak various languages and dialects.
Economic profile: Manufacturing constitutes the largest single component of Malaysia's economy. Tourism and primary commodities such as petroleum, palm oil, natural rubber and timber are other major contributors to the economy.
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