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Malaysia - Qualifications and Training

Malaysia has a growing economy, with high levels of immigration of people from western countries and a growing infrastructure, Malaysia is attracting many people from all over the world for job progression and for education.

What Professional Qualifications and Experience Are in High Demand?

There are many multi-national organizations in Malaysia which require skills and qualifications such as IT software development. Teaching qualifications are also in high demand as international schooling is beginning to increase in numbers due to raised levels of immigration. Malaysia is also undergoing industrialization and this is only going to increase. This will open many more jobs as service needs increase. Services such as healthcare services where there is a monumental short supply of qualified doctors, nurses and surgeons. As the infrastructure grows, architects and engineers are also going to be in high demand.

To be able to teach English in Malaysia, the internationally renowned Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate enables you to teach in the international school sector as this qualification is officially recognized.

There are many qualifications which are acquired in western countries and are recognized in Malaysia. With more multi-national companies beginning to operate in Malaysia, the individual employer will assess the qualifications and skills required.

Malaysian has campuses in many western universities that enable western graduates to take Malaysian qualifications which require no transfer process in the country. Under-graduates and Post-graduate degrees are recognized in Malaysia in international business. Many universities in the western world have what is known as ‘twinned programs’: this means that qualifications taken in medicine, dentistry and banking are recognized in Malaysia. Therefore no transfer process is required.

Qualification Transfer Process

To ensure both the private and public sector industry and services has the highest level of qualified personnel, Malaysia has an organization Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) which was phased in by 2007 to ensure these standards were met. This includes not only citizens but also immigrants who bring with them their qualifications to work in their skill-set. The MQA was set up by The Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF). The basis of both these agencies is to maintain the Malaysian Qualifications Register (MQR).

So the MQA and the MQR can register you as qualified to work in the sectors you’re qualified to work in; you have to meet the requirements of the Malaysian Skills Certificate. This is a certificate which certifies you as qualified to work under your degree or experience. This is the transfer process which is underwritten by the MQF.


The link above is the official website for the Department Of Skills Development and you can register here to apply to the department to begin the process.

Professional Bodies and Training Organizations

There are, of course, options to re-train or go for further training within your industry and there is a plethora of training opportunities in Malaysia. There are excellent universities and further educational institutions that welcome foreign nationals.


Study Malaysia has on their website information detailing educational courses that cover all vocational degrees. This website covers the whole of Malaysia’s registered educational institutions which are licensed as such.

Universities in Malaysia are both publically funded and privately funded. All major cities have a university. Private universities also have foreign campuses of twinned universities throughout the world. This enables foreigners who live in Malaysia to be able to train within homeland universities while living in the country.

There are higher education establishments that are known as University Colleges which offer a range of courses. These establishments are not able to confer their own degrees, however, they can be used as a gateway to full universities. Since the Private Higher Education Institutions Act of 1996, universities were able to offer fully fledged degrees. Prior to these private universities were not allowed to offer fully conferred degrees. University Colleges are not publically funded. Each one is privately funded.


Malaysian is fast becoming recognized as a centre for educational excellence. International students are attracted to Malaysia’s high levels of higher and university education. In world rankings, the University of Malay was ranked 156 in the world. This shows how Malaysia is chasing at the heels of other Asian countries that are renowned for educational excellence.

Malaysia has excellent educational facilities and is crying out for skilled professionals from many sectors as Malaysia increases its home grown services.

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