Studying and Living in Penang



Penang, known as “The Pearl of the Orient”, is situated off the north-western coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

It consists of the island of Penang (also known as Pulau Pinang in Malay) and a coastal strip on the mainland known as Seberang Prai or Province Wellesley. The island and mainland are linked by the 13.5km First Penang Bridge and the 24km Second Penang Bridge (the longest bridge in South-East Asia). Apart from this, a 24-hour ferry service plies the channel. Penang is also supported by international airport facilities with worldwide destinations.

Penang was established as the first British trading port in the Far East in 1786 by Francis Light.

Its capital, George Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in honour of its numerous elegant historical and colonial buildings which are places of interest to tourists.

Today, its population of 1.6 million people is multi-racial consisting of Malays, Chinese, Indians and other minority ethnic groups. This harmonious blend of diverse ethnic groups and cultures makes Penangites a warm, tolerant and friendly people who are ever ready to welcome fellow Malaysians and foreigners.

Much of its charm also lies in its famous golden beaches and calm warm seas as well as its reputation as a food haven of wonderful local dishes.

This bustling and colourful cosmopolitan state is an ideal choice for higher education as it provides a safe, peaceful and conducive environment, an affordable cost of living as well as up-to-date amenities and facilities.

Penang is the hub of educational opportunities and learning excellence in Northern Malaysia besides being a major manufacturing centre that boasts of a vibrant economy. It is the home to one of the oldest universities in Malaysia, the Science University of Malaysia.

Penang is a safe, comfortable, conducive and exciting city in which to live, study and relax. Welcome to Penang and DISTED!