The exciting, multicultural Malaysia sprawls across two land masses in Southeast Asia: the Malaysian peninsula and the island of Borneo. This tropical country has the honour of being one of just 17 in the world designated as ecologically megadiverse, with an incredible 20 per cent of all the world’s species living in its forests and seas.
Orangutans, tigers and sea turtles are some of the rare animals that draw environmental scientists and eco-tourists to the country in their thousands. Malaysia’s history is rich with different tribes, migrants and colonisers, all of which have shaped it into an exciting cultural melting pot. It’s a place where you can visit a mosque, listen to an indigenous music performance, then go to an English manor house for tea and scones.
The bustling capital Kuala Lumpur is home to several prominent universities, such as the University of Malaya and the International Islamic University. Outside the capital, the University of Science Malaysia ranks highly for teaching science and technology. The Malaysian government has been investing in branch campuses for international universities. The University of Nottingham in the UK and Monash University in Australia already have branches in Malaysia.
Malay, Chinese, indigenous and Indian ethnic groups are prominent, with European traditions passed on from the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Unsurprisingly, the food is a unique mixture of influences from around the world, with unforgettable specialities like spicy nasi lemak.