Strong focus on education and skills training under Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme to achieve ‘Vision 2020’ (to achieve developed nation status by the year 2020).
Education & Training sector in Malaysia
Malaysia is one of the four priority market for British products and services related to the sector
worth over £280 million a year. Business opportunities are growing as Malaysia is fast becoming
an ‘Education Hub’ of the ASEAN region.
Malaysia’s rapid development, political and social stability, close historical and educational ties,
a familiar legal and financial framework and the widespread use of English make this an
attractive place for British companies to do business. Both British and Malaysian Prime
Ministers have set a target to double trade between the two countries to £8 billion by 2016.
Malaysia is strategically located from which to penetrate other ASEAN markets, and further into
India and China. Highly regarded by Muslim countries and this creates business opportunities.
Recent World Bank report shows Malaysia ranked 12th most business-friendly country in the
world and first in terms of ease of getting credit. According to the ‘Doing Business 2013’,
Malaysia is fourth in the world for protecting investors. This puts Malaysia ahead of such highly
regarded economies as Sweden, Taiwan, Germany, Japan and Switzerland.
Strong focus on education and skills training under Malaysia’s Economic Transformation
Programme to achieve ‘Vision 2020’ (to achieve developed nation status by the year 2020).
Under the 10th Malaysia Plan, £50 billion is allocated for the sector for five years from 2011 to
Currently, more than 14,000 Malaysian students are studying at UK universities and an
additional 58,000 are registered for a UK qualification in Malaysia.
ξ Foreign education and training institutions are opening branch campuses seeing Malaysia
fast becoming an ‘Education Hub’ of the ASEAN region and Muslim countries.
ξ The Tenth Malaysia Plan and Economic Transformation Programme launched in January
2011, reaffirms the New Economic Model and outlines more measures to transform
Malaysia into a high-income economy, increasing per capita income to £9,000 per annum
and achieve a developed nation status by 2020. This, among others, require training, re-
training and upskilling of the workforce, and producing graduates for industry needs. On
the recent Graduate Tracking Study of the Higher Education Ministry, about 40,000
graduates are still unemployed.
ξ Business opportunities are in: teacher training for English, Maths & Science; upgrading
of qualification for pre-school teachers; UK-Malaysia dual certification/joint awards for
international recognition of Malaysian skills training; corporate training and joint R&D
ξ In 2012, the British and Malaysian Ministers of Education met to review UK-Malaysia
educational relations, and discussed priorities for further promoting educational co-
operation and exchange. This led to the signing of the ‘Malaysia-UK Joint Statement on
Higher Education and Skills’.
ξ In the field of Trans-National Education, there are currently around 410,000 students and
in 2020, the British Council expect 800,000.
Latest export opportunities in the Education & Training sector
Latest export opportunities in Malaysia
Getting into the market
Coming on trade missions, visit programme through OMIS and participating in sector related
events in Malaysia are some of the ways of getting into the market. May take time to develop
business. It is necessary to send a quick summary of the meeting held, action plan and timeline.
Need to maintain regular contact via e-mail and telephone to get things moving. Local
partner/agent is needed for Malaysian Government tender/procurement bidding.
More about doing business in Malaysia
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke
market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market
Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists
in country - or contact your local international trade team.
ξ Mr Siva Somasundram, British High Commission. Tel: +603 21702223 or email:
ξ Miss Shuba Karun, British High Commission. Tel: +603 21702252 or email:
Contact your local international trade team
UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to
overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.
Latest events in the Educational & Training sector
Latest events in Malaysia
IPSEF Asia Forum
13 & 14 March 2013
British Education and Corporate Training Trade Mission
BES Asia Forum
More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters