New I-Kad for International Students in Malaysia
New identification cards, known as the 'I-Kad', are being distributed to the 100,000 international students studying in Malaysia. These cards are now extended to students after first being distributed to foreign workers from the beginning of the year.
I-Kads are in the process of being issued by the Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS)’s one-stop centre from 1 July 2014 to all new and current students, as a legitimate form of identification that can be used within the peninsular.
Apart from the student’s name, other details such as photo, passport number, date of birth and name of institution will also be displayed on the card. Hence, students will not have the need to take their passports around with them as a form of ID and risk misplacing them.
Apart from identification purposes, these cards are only valid for as long as their chosen courses of study, which would further help the government to ensure that students do not stay beyond their given visas. However, if a student wishes to continue studying in Malaysia, these passes could easily be extended within 5 working days.
Malaysia is currently ranked as the 11th most preferred country to study, and are continuously working towards improving their standards of quality and teaching through the Trust School programme.
For Singaporean students who wish to study abroad but not venture too far from home, going across the causeway might just be the best option!
A Singaporean globe-trotter who is now based in London. Khai has travelled and lived in several countries due to her airline background. She enjoys dancing, painting, cooking, taking scenic photographs and writing about her adventure travels.