A degree is not only a financial investment, but also one that requires time and hard work. The reward is, of course, the attainment of the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a successful career. These are currently the most useful degrees that can be acquired at Malaysian colleges and universities.
Now more than ever, holders of a Master in Business Administration (MBA) are in high demand. Besides national and international corporations, there is an increasing number of startups requiring competent and business-savvy managers.
The Universiti Malaya MBA course received the 4 Palmes of Excellence award in 2018 and 2019 from the Eduniversal Business Schools Ranking. The university offers a two to two-and-a-half-year MBA course; or a 20-month MBA course with the Asia School of Business (ASB), a business school established in Kuala Lumpur in partnership with MIT Sloan School of Management (MIT Sloan). Upon completing the latter – which is taught by MIT Sloan and ASB’s resident faculty – graduates receive an ASB degree with a Certificate of Completion from MIT and go on to become MIT affiliate alumni.
As median salaries of software developers continue to rise and the tech industry flourishes, more young people are favouring a tech-centric education. While the field does have its fair share of self-taught / drop-out coders’ fairy tale success stories, the reality is that most software developers do hold at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
While homegrown tech SMEs continue to increase, a steady stream of multinationals attracted by low capital overheads are also setting up regional offices in Kuala Lumpur. Colleges in Malaysia that offer respected and recognised Computer Science degree courses include Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Taylor’s University, the Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation, University of Nottingham Malaysia and Sunway University.
Medicine and Biomedical Engineering
As vouched for by market analysts, Malaysia is growing as a medical hub and steadily increasing the competence of its healthcare institutions. This is motivating more students to pursue qualifications in biomedical engineering and medicine.
The rapid advancement of medical technology spurs the continuous development and sales of medication, machinery and devices, which is the sector most biomedical graduates end up in. Medical degrees are offered by both local and satellite institutions including Monash University, Universiti Malaya, Newcastle University, International Medical University and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Dublin (RCSI & UCD).
Biology and Chemistry
The reliance on fossil fuel must be reduced and this global awareness of the situation is leading to the increase of synthetic and renewable energy resources. This is also creating new jobs requiring specific biochemistry knowledge. To meet this evolving demand, universities are developing new courses that integrate modern advancements in biology and chemistry.
As Malaysia increases its emphasis on sustainability, eco-friendliness and organic goods, the demand for biology and chemistry graduates is steadily rising. Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, University of Nottingham, Taylor’s University, International Medical University and Universiti Putra Malaysia offer widely recognised degrees in biology, chemistry and biomedical science.
We are living in an era where nutrition, wellness and fitness have been ingrained and there are more people now than ever before who are following a healthy lifestyle. Gyms and wellness-centric institutions are immensely popular and these need consultants, coaches, nutritionists and therapists. Sports science has considerably advanced in recent years and includes studies in anatomy, sports psychology, nutrition, biomechanics, wellness, athletic performance and physiology.
The fitness and wellness industry is burgeoning and is a dynamic field of work. This course is still in its infancy in Malaysia with the following universities offering diploma and degree courses – Universiti Sains Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Universiti Malaya and Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur.