KUALA LUMPUR, 30th March 2023 – Malaysia is becoming the destination of choice for pursuing studies among international students around the world, particularly from Bangladesh. With a vast capacity for students around the world, Malaysia currently hosts 20 public universities, more than 160 private higher education institutions, 10 foreign branch campuses and more than 39 language and skills centres. The latest data from Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) shows that more than 13,000 international student applications received were from Bangladesh, since the year 2019. Among the popular study programmes are Business and Administration, Computing, General Programmes, Personal Services and Engineering.

Malaysia has various attractions to offer to international students pursuing their studies. Malaysia’s higher education institutions also offer a quality education for all and widely-recognised study programmes globally. All international students are able to experience a dynamic lifestyle, in a harmonious multicultural society with various beautiful destinations to visit. As English is widely spoken in Malaysia, learning and living will be easy for students as they can practise the language. Being a Modern Muslim nation, Mosques and Halal cuisines can be found almost everywhere in the country. Malaysia is also blessed with a strategic location and Bangladeshi students can go back to hometown easily as the flight distance is only a few hours away.


Since 13 April 2012, EMGS is a Company Limited by Guarantee (“CLBG”) under the purview of the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia which plays the role of promoting Malaysian education and functions as a one-stop centre to manage the admission of international students to Malaysia. EMGS also developed ‘Student Application and Registration System (STARS)’ used to guarantee the authenticity and quality of prospective students through strict academic, health and safety screening before the visa application is approved by the Malaysian Immigration Department. Visa applications can be made online by the students themselves or through their respective institutions. The issuance of Electronic Visa Approval Letter (eVAL) for international student may take fourteen (14) working days.


Education Malaysia Global Services
30th MARCH 2023


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Sarah Azreen Abdul Samat

Sarah has over 22 years of experience in corporate finance transactions involving equity issuance, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, corporate restructuring, and corporate valuation, amongst others. She began her career in investment banking with Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad in 2001 after obtaining her professional qualifications from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Later in her career, she joined other investment banking institutions in Malaysia such as AmInvestment Bank Berhad, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and RHB Investment Bank Berhad.

Presently, Sarah sits as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Reneuco Berhad and Independent Director of Pharmaniaga Berhad. She is currently the Executive Director of 3p Capital Advisers Sdn. Bhd., a company licensed with the Securities Commission Malaysia to provide advisory services to the capital market players.

Tuan Haji Ismail Bin Mohamed

Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed sits on the Board of Director for Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). He obtains his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

Prior to sitting on the EMGS Board, he was also appointed to be the Board of Director to KEJORA from 2013 to 2018, and several companies such as Permodalan Darul Takzim Sdn Bhd, Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Sdn Bhd, PIJ Holding and Ranhil SAJ Sdn Bhd. Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed also co-founded Pertama.

He started his career by setting up a company and being the founder of JYBB Enterprise. His career came to prominence when he became the co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Pertama Polyerethane Technology (M) Sdn Bhd and subsequently became the Special Officer to the Minister of Education in 2013.

Ismail Mohamed is acknowledged for his expertise in Agriculture and Agro-based industry, landing him being appointed as the Chairman of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee of the Johor State, the Chairman of Agro KEJORA and the Chairman of the Johor State Agriculture, Agro-based industry, Entrepreneurial Development and Cooperatives Committee.