Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Malaysia faces brain-drain

Many Malaysian students go overseas to further their education and many choose to stay back in the country after they graduate. Why is this so? They are willing to sacrifice not being with their loved ones and rough it out on their own. Some attribute the reason for not coming back to the absence of equal opportunity for promotion. The pay is also low compared to overseas, like in the United States.

A colleague's son who graduated from a university on the U.S. east coast chose to stay back in the United States. He has secured a job but is thinking of switching jobs looking out for some Philadelphia jobs that are closer to his field of study and interests.


  1. Singapore faces the same problem. Although i guess it's more becos Singapore is such a boring place compared to US, Europe, etc.

    Afterall it's not like these graduates can't come back to Singapore and get a high-paying job.

  2. I hear Sgp is tapping talents from Malaysia by going to foreign universities and offering them jobs.

  3. Getting a U.S. visa is not easy. I once missed a contract position because I couldn't get the visa in time :-(

  4. actually this is a serious issue - studying overseas. i realised many students studying overseas will normally not come back.

    if we are to address this issue, then we have to provide quality uni here that parents want to send their children to msia unis.

    for once ppl 'taste' the overseas life, they always find the 'grass greener on the other side' - whether true or otherwise.


  5. KS, the process is different now. You get to know it the day itself. Of course, one has to apply ahead instead of at the last minute but then again, somethings can't be avoided, I guess.

  6. QC, I think quality unis is not the issue. The issue is the quota system and students not getting the course they want. Parents who can afford it will want to ensure their offspring gets the best education even if they have to send them overseas to get it. Once they are overseas and doing well, they'll be offered positions to encourage them to stay on. Why bother coming back to have your career stifled by discrimination? Sad but true. We need a radical change to reverse the brain-drain syndrome.