Malaysia, country of Southeast Asia, lying just north of the Equator, that is composed of two noncontiguous regions: Peninsular Malaysia (Semenanjung Malaysia), also called West Malaysia (Malaysia Barat), which is on the Malay Peninsula, and East Malaysia (Malaysia Timur), which is on the island of Borneo. The Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, lies in the western part of the peninsula, about 25 miles (40 km) from the coast; the administrative centre, Putrajaya, is located about 16 miles (25 km) south of the capital.


Both peninsular and insular Malaysia lie in the same tropical latitudes and are affected by similar airstreams. They have high temperatures and humidities, heavy rainfall, and a climatic year patterned around the northeast and southwest monsoons. The four seasons of the climatic year are the northeast monsoon (from November or December until March), the first intermonsoonal period (March to April or May), the southwest monsoon (May or June to September or early October), and the second intermonsoonal period (October to November). The onset and retreat of the two monsoons are not sharply defined.

Ethnic groups and languages

The Malay Peninsula and the northern coast of Borneo, both situated at the nexus of one of the major maritime trade routes of the world, have long been the meeting place of peoples from other parts of Asia. As a result, the population of Malaysia, like that of Southeast Asia as a whole, shows great ethnographic complexity. Helping to unite this diversity of peoples is the national language, a standardized form of Malay, officially called Bahasa Malaysia (formerly Bahasa Melayu). It is spoken to some degree by most communities, and it is the main medium of instruction in public primary and secondary schools.

Key facts about Malaysia

Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Dialing code: +60
Currency: Malaysian ringgit

Malaysia University


Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak

Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus is the international branch campus of Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. The Sarawak campus opened in Kuching, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, in 2000.

Manipal International University

The Manipal Group has an established legacy in Malaysia. Close to a third of the doctors registered with the Malaysian Medical Council are alumni of Melaka Manipal Medical College - the single largest contribution to professional medical manpower in the country by a private institution.

SEGi University and Colleges

SEGi University and Colleges first opened its doors as Systematic College in 1977 in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s commercial district, offering globally recognised professional qualifications.

University of Cyberjaya (UoC)

University of Cyberjaya (UoC) is a top-tier healthcare university in Malaysia as reflected in the latest Ministry of Higher Education’s SETARA ratings which has accorded UoC a 5-star (Excellent) rating on par with leading public universities.

Brickfields Asia College

Comprising three different education institutions from Brickfields Asia College (BAC) – the Nation’s No. 1 Law School, IACT College – the creative communications specialist and Veritas University College – the Career University, we are an oasis of international education right here in Malaysia.

Mahsa University

MAHSA which stands for Malaysian Allied Health Sciences Academy was founded in 2004 by Professor Tan Sri Dr. Hj. Mohamed Haniffa who is the Pro-Chancellor, and Executive Chairman of MAHSA Group.

City University Malaysia

To provide high quality industry and market driven educational courses and programmes with the aim of producing knowedge-based, socially responsible leaders and managers.

LimKokWing University

Half of the world's population is comprised of youths below the age of 25. Few are involved in decisions that affect their way of life, their desires, their interests, and their future.