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Nottingham's Malaysia Campus offers the best of both worlds


Why studying at Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus offers UK students the best of both worlds

Driven by higher tuition fees at home and a sense of adventure, increasing numbers of British students are choosing to study for their degrees abroad. An increasingly popular choice is to study at a branch campus of a UK university, such as the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus (UNMC). Just outside Kuala Lumpur, Nottingham has a 100 acre campus in a lush tropical setting.

'Students have a wide range of learning and travel prospects as well as an edge to position themselves for global employment opportunities,' said Professor Ian Pashby, CEO and Provost of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.

A recent article in the Guardian newspaper noted the increasing numbers of UK students studying internationally. UNMC is in a unique position to offer UK students the best of both worlds; the international exposure without sacrificing the quality of a UK education. As UNMC’s Vice-Provost for Teaching and Learning, Professor Stephen Doughty noted, ‘If students haven’t got that real UK experience then all they’ve got is a piece of paper.’

The University of Nottingham is a global community of more than 35,000 students from around 150 countries studying across three campuses in China, Malaysia and the UK. The Malaysia Campus has nearly 4,000 students from over 70 countries. All programmes are taught in English and the courses and degrees identical to those offered in the UK.

Since the Malaysia Campus opened in 2000, students have been coming from the UK as both full-degree and study abroad students.

Zanel Dempers came to the Malaysia Campus as a mobility student from the School of Psychology in the UK. Aside from the excitement of a new environment and stepping outside of her comfort zone, Zanel also enjoyed the academic aspects of her experience, ‘The method of teaching is drastically different from England – you go from a lecture hall of 200+ students, to a classroom where you know each of the 14 other individuals studying alongside you.’ She also noted that this results in getting ‘a more personal approach to learning that university often lacks.’

In an age of rapidly rising education costs, studying at the Malaysia Campus has serious financial benefits. Not only is the cost of living in Malaysia drastically lower than in the UK, but tuition fees at the Malaysia Campus are also lower.

According to Professor Pashby, UNMC is in a position to ‘provide quality UK education at a fraction of the cost; and as a result we attract many international students from Asia, Europe and Africa.’

The opportunities for international study at UNMC don’t stop with regular degree programmes; Nottingham also recently ran a two week Summer School at the campuses in Malaysia and China. The Summer Schools offered dedicated study modules covering a range of subjects from languages courses to politics, culture, business and creative writing.

To learn more about life at UNMC as an International student please visit our International Office where you will find detailed information about life and study in Malaysia. We also have a selection of International student videos, so you can hear first-hand what our own students have to say.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Times as “the embodiment of the modern international university", has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 39,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power.

The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health.

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Posted on 11th August 2011

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