Why MIU? / Malaysia as a Study Destination
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Although academics takes the front seat, life beyond curriculum is something that interests the students before joining a university. MIU campus and its location in Nilai promises a variety of activities and comfort for the students outside their classrooms.
For those who love to shop till they drop, look no further than the Nilai 3 Wholesale Centre, which is 12 km or a 20-minute drive from the MIU campus. The 162-hectare complex is Malaysia’s largest wholesale centre, and it offers a spectacular array of local, regional and international goods at incredibly low prices. These include textiles, furniture, car accessories, carpets, garden equipment, handbags, luggage, leather and more. It also has a massive shopping mall, which stocks everything from apples to zips.
Restaurants and stalls serving both Malaysian and international cuisine are affordable options for daily meals. Major fast food outlets like McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Nandos are located close to the campus.
Nearby cities like Seremban, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya offer amenities such as cinema, parks, malls and international eateries. They can easily be accessed via public transport.
Putrajaya serves as the federal administrative centre of Malaysia. Stylish buildings jostle with open spaces, making it an embodiment of how technology exists in harmony with nature. Golf courses, sports stadium, cultural centres and shopping malls dot the city.
The vibrant cosmopolitan city of Kuala Lumpur is just a 45-minute drive up north. From the KLCC Twin Towers, restaurants on roof tops, malls, to adventure and theme parks and exciting nightlife, KL offers one of the best cosmopolitan city experiences, at reasonable costs.
There are museums, bird parks, zoo, handicraft bazaars, and heritage rows in different cities throughout Malaysia. If you prefer sun and sand, head for the pristine beaches of Port Dickson, 40 km or a 45-minute drive from the MIU campus. The famous beaches here include Teluk Kemang and Blue Lagoon, and they offer loads of water sports and beach activities.
Of course, if one wants to get away from it all, and enjoy a tranquil day or two far from the madding crowd, there is the Kampung Pelegong Homestay, a mere 20-minute drive from the MIU campus.
If you have a yen for history, there are two interesting museums in the area. One is the Seri Menanti Royal Museum, originally a palace for the Negeri Sembilan Royal family. Situated in the royal town of Seri Menanti, it is about 25 km or a 20-minute drive from Manipal International University. The black, five storey wooden palace was built without using any nails or screws. Only wooden pegs and 99 solid timber pillars hold this ancient wonder with intricate flower motifs together. On display here are costumes, weaponry, bed chambers and documents on the royal lineage.
The other is the Army Museum near Port Dickson, some 50 km or a 45-minute drive from the MIU campus. This museum traces the Malaysian Army’s history right from the Melaka Dynasty through the colonial era and communist uprising and beyond. Apart from the planes, trucks, jeeps, motorcycles, radios and weapons used by the army down the ages, there’s a replica of a large tunnel in which the communists of yore lived. At the end of the tunnel, you learn how the army survives in the wilderness.
And then there’s Kuala Lumpur, or KL, an Alpha World City. A city renowned for its cultural diversity, KL offers a phenomenal variety of cuisine, nightlife and shopping. Almost nine million tourists visit this bustling modern metropolis each year, making it the sixth most visited city in the world. Home to the majestic Petronas towers, among the tallest twin towers in the world, KL is also the financial, retail, fashion and educational hub of the region.
All this, barely 45-minutes away from the lush green, serene MIU campus in Nilai.
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