70% of Malaysian students want to study overseas, says poll
More than 70% of Malaysian undergraduates harbour hopes of studying overseas and obtaining permanent residence abroad. A survey of more than 1,100 local undergraduates found that 72% would prefer to study overseas and apply for PR status upon completion of their studies abroad. The survey revealed that the top choices for Malaysian students aiming to go abroad for further studies are the United Kingdom (50%), United States (16%), Australia (14%), Singapore (10%) and India (2%).
The survey conducted by Anderson Market Analytics over six months polled students from six local private varsities, four of which are locally-owned and two owned by foreign universities.
The study also revealed that the cost of tertiary education was the biggest factor for students when selecting their choice of higher learning institutions. “While most want to get the best education, which is costly, they eventually decide based on affordability. As such, financing of tertiary education plays a big influence in their final decision,” said Anderson’s executive director V. Prathab.
According to the survey, 72% of the students had applied for loans from the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) but only 56% were successful. The rest were funded by their parents (24%), government or corporate scholarships (15%) and self- funded (5%).
Source: The Sun Daily