South Korea Region Naeil Shinmun Newspaper Exclusive Interview

Rising South East Asia Education Hub Malaysia

Safe environment, beautiful natural environment, affordability, excellent educational environment

Many Koreans are interested in overseas study due to difficult education situation in Korea to enter high class universities. Malaysia is rising destination for education. We discovered about Malaysia education through interview with Mr. Mohd Radzlan Bin Jalaludin who is CEO of Education Malaysia Global Services

Why Malaysia Education?

Multi cultural society , English is widely spoken.
Dynamic lifestyle Many excellent tourism spot, can enjoy other activities (travel, leisure, sports)
world class universities

What is EMGS?

Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS), is a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLBG) owned by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia. The company was established on 13th April 2012 and led by a Board of Directors appointed by the Ministry of Education which operated by 90 employees that is based in Kuala Lumpur.

The main reason behind the establishment of EMGS is to assist Ministry of Education in promoting Malaysia as an education hub to all over the world.

The company objectives are:

1. Promote Malaysia as an international education hub of choice to international students.
2. Process international student visa applications efficiently.
3. Providing a one-stop-centre service to international students.
4. Promote a conducive ecosystem to ensure thriving international education industry in Malaysia.


Interview with Mr. Mohd Radzlan Bin Jalaludin, CEO of Education Malaysia Global Services


1. Question: All leading and popular Educational institutions have something very special & unique about them. Could you therefore highlight those special & exclusive features that separate your Institution from others?

Answer: Malaysia education institutions is well established with good reputation and track record. The growth rate of research output and quality has been one of the highest in the world, and Malaysia institutions are ranked strongly amongst our Asia peers. The quality of educational institutions in Malaysia is monitored by the Malaysian government enforcement of legislation such as The Education Act, 1996, the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act, 1996 and The Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007. The Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) provides guidelines and constant monitoring to ensure colleges and universities meet the highest standards in education and are internationally recognized.

Institutions of higher learning in Malaysia provide professional, career-focused education offering courses that are up-to-date and market relevant. Graduates from Malaysia have no problems finding employment back in their home country. International students can also get an accredited degree from many choices of world-renowned universities from UK, USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand through their twinning programs or branch campuses in Malaysia.

International students have choices over 20 public higher education and more than 500 private higher education institutions offering 6,184 Programmes & Courses accredited by Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) which are of high quality but yet affordable.

2. Question: How do you rate and position of Malaysia University in comparison with other leading Universities in Asia and Western Countries?

Answer: Some Universities in Malaysia have highly ranked in QS World Ranking and that shows Malaysia provides quality education.

In recent years, many international universities have set up branch campuses in Malaysia. Similar to the twinning programme, students reap the benefit of an international experience through their degree from a reputable foreign university by spending some time at a third country where the university’s home campus is.

Thus, Malaysia stand fall as a quality education provider with the rest.

3. Question: Universities and Educational Institutions cannot achieve anything without the appropriate support from the Government. According to you how are the Ministry of Education, Government of Malaysia supports Malaysian Universities as International Students, who wish to study in Malaysia?

Answer: EMGS has been entrusted by the Government as a sole agency that promote Malaysia as an International Education hub which is similar to how British Council operates. In addition, EMGS operates as a One – Stop – Centre for international student management and services that manage visa applications for all foreign students that study in Malaysia. EMGS together with the Department of Immigration ensures Visa service delivery of 14 working days from the date of submission provided all documents are complete. The Visa Approval Letter is required prior to travelling to Malaysia.

In addition, with its network and market reach to more institutions in Malaysia, EMGS will be able to manage and extend its services to all matters related to foreign students efficiently and in an effective manner.

The Ministry of Education has always put the best interest of international students who wish to study in Malaysia by providing sufficient information to all international students such as the list of universities, the courses and faculty, fees and provides them with estimated cost of living in Malaysia. EMGS website contains a wealth of information that will be useful to international students.

4. Question: What is the latest data of the South Korean students in Malaysia?

Answer: Korea has the 2nd largest number of students in Malaysia from East Asia, and the top one is China. Total number of Students from South Korea for full time & mobility programme increased by 6% from 780 students to 829 students. We are delighted with the increased number as we see that Malaysia is a country of choice by the South Korean to further their studies abroad.

For short courses, we have a 40% increase in the number of students from year 2018 to 2019. Full time students from Korea are stagnant but still sizeable. Students are almost evenly spread throughout Certificates and Under-grads. Almost all of short courses students are studying Degree. There is a shift in trend from colleges to public universities and international branch campus, where the number of students in public universities increased by 19% and international branch campus by 100%.

Editorial in Region Naeil Shinmun Newspaper in South Korea
Insertion Date: March 5th,2020
Two main distribution areas:
• Gangnam & Seocho
• Seongnam (Bundang) & Yongin (Suji)
Region Naeil Shinmun is a local media that specialized in education and life info. 

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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.