An Affordable Option for Overseas Education


Studying abroad comes with a host of advantages as it teaches the student valuable life lessons that they may not be able to learn otherwise. “I think parents have been very protective over their kids; they have become used to having everything taken care of for them and decisions made for them,” explained Janice Yew, Chief Operating Officer of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia. Consequently, venturing overseas for their studies provides them with the opportunity to mature and learn to live independently. However, the rising cost of education has impeded many families from pursuing this.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, a branch campus of the acclaimed Heriot-Watt University, offers families in Malaysia and around the region a chance to give their children this exposure at a more affordable cost.

Students at the Malaysia campus receive the same quality education. What’s more, they have the option of participating in the university’s GoGlobal programme, where they can choose to study a semester, a year or two years abroad at any of its international campuses. “Heriot-Watt University has international campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia. As such, students can choose a combination of study plans at any of these locations as long as their programme of study is offered at the campus of choice. There are no academic barriers to a campus transfer,” explained Yew.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s first batch of students transferred to Edinburgh last year. “Speaking to them, I am very proud to see that they have matured tremendously with their move to the UK. They have learned to solve their own problems, manage their finances and budget, plan and make their plans happen, be organised and manage their time between studies and personal life, Yew continued.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s unique arrangement also allows both parents and students flexibility when it comes to pursuing their education abroad. “Students can choose what they feel suits them and still change their minds at a later stage. I have also seen parents make it an incentive; if the child achieves a certain grade, they can transfer abroad,” said Yew. “At the end of the day, if you decide to complete your entire degree in Malaysia, you still get the same award as a student in the UK at 40% of the cost,” she added.

“In the current economic situation, to give parents peace of mind, one would choose a programme which is versatile enough for the student to get their start in Malaysia, gives the opportunity for them to spend some time abroad if their finances permit and yet offers the flexibility to be able to bring the student back if the going gets tough with no disruption to their studies. This makes Heriot-Watt University Malaysia a good fit for both parents and students,” Yew concluded.

Founded in the 1800s, Heriot-Watt University is a leading British university with a legacy of excellence, which includes being ranked 34th worldwide by the QS “Top 50 under 50” 2015-16. The university was also ranked 46th most international university in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016.

For more information on the programmes and scholarships offered at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, log on to or call +603 8894 3888 /e-mail [email protected]. Alternatively, visit its Putrajaya campus located in Precinct 5 during its open days on 19 and 20 March.

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