These days, there are more and more Malaysians taking an international twinning program, compared to a decade ago. With more educational institutions offering the program in Malaysia, it’s easier than ever for students to pursue the program. If you’re thinking of enrolling for a business twinning program in Malaysia, consider the pros and cons:
- Cheaper alternative to studying abroad
Compared to studying abroad for a full three to four years, a twinning program serves as the cheaper alternative, as you’ll spend a significant amount of time studying locally before you finish off your final year abroad. This will allow you some time to save money before you complete your course.
- Diverse, multi-cultural environment
There will be thousands of students from other countries enrolling in the twinning program. This provides a diverse and multi-cultural environment which gives you a head-start to compete on a global scale once you enter the workforce. The sooner you’re exposed to different nationalities, the better it is for you to work alongside others as you learn about their traits.
- Impressive credentials
Most twinning programs are recognized internationally, so this could serve as a great first impression by the hiring managers as they look at your impressive credentials when you’re applying for a job.
- Added marketability in the job market
The majority of twinning programs incorporate soft skills in their learning modules, which would tremendously help you when you enter the workforce. Your soft skills make you more marketable and valuable in the job market.
- Potential rejection of various reasons
If you haven’t fulfilled the academic requirement when you’re in Malaysia, the foreign university partner may not extend its invitation for you to complete your degree abroad. Expect stricter academic benchmarks, like scoring the right grade for IELTS or TOEFL. Additionally, you need to make sure that your financial status qualifies you to study abroad (some countries will reject your visa application if they don’t think you’re financially sound).
- Questionable quality of course
With more academic institutions partnering with foreign universities, there are bound to be few that are of questionable credentials. Just because you’re studying at a foreign university, it doesn’t mean you’ll receive a world-class, high-quality education. Always do a background check before you enroll.
Enrolling in an international twinning program could be a long-term investment for your money and career. If you’re still wondering whether or not you should pursue an international twinning program in the country, consult with a course counselor for a second opinion. He or she may be able to give you more advice based on your educational/career needs and financial situation.