City: Tanjung Malim, Perak Darul Ridzuan
Politically, Malaysia is a federation of 13 states and three federal territories. Governance of the states is divided between federal and state governments, with the federal government having direct administration over the federal territories. Malaysia was colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British, who have all left a lasting legacy. Malaysia’s multiculturalism is underscored by it being a melting-pot of races and religions, where Malays, Indians, Chinese, and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Most people speak English, so communication won’t be a problem. Geographically, Malaysia is almost as diverse as its culture. Eleven states and two federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) form West Malaysia, which in turn is separated by the South China Sea from East Malaysia (which includes the two states, Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo, and a third federal territory, the island of Labuan). One of Malaysia’s key attractions is its extreme contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden “kampong” houses built on stilts, while five-star hotels sit just meters away from ancient reefs. Rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky, while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains that are teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves. As a people, Malaysians are very relaxed, warm, and friendly – just like the weather.
Host Institution: Beijing Institute of Education
The Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI) was established in May 1997 and is located in Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia. Currently, UPSI has 2 campuses which are approximately 10 kilometers apart; they are the Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah campus and the Sultan Azlan Shah campus. The campuses and student accommodations are connected to each other by a shuttle bus service provided by the university. UPSI aims to be a prestigious university providing exceptional leadership in education with an emphasis on integrating global best practices. UPSI is committed to making a difference in education to achieve the vision of the nation through its teaching, research, publication, and community service.
- The Fellow will teach English language classes that may include speaking, listening, reading and writing. These courses are university subjects that all students must take depending on their Malaysian University English Test (MUET) results.
- The Fellow will develop and deliver professional development workshops for UPSI.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Collaborate on research/publication with local staff throughout Malaysia.
- Conduct short workshops to increase speaking skills among students and/or establish a speech club with the same objective.
- Support the U.S. Embassy’s English Language outreach programs including the English Access Microscholarship Program, the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program, English camps, mentoring, speaker requests, workshops/seminars and American Corner Programming.