School of Education

Malaysia Professional Experience 2012


General Information

The PEX round will be in one of the best locations in South East Asia. George Town, Penang, is a UNESCO heritage city landscape. It is well recognised as an education centre in Asia and the visit will be assisted by the Universiti of Sains Malaysia and the Penang State Department of Education (JPPP).   Penang is a multicultural city with Malays, Chinese and Indian communities featuring in a population where Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians live together in harmony.   English is one of the main languages of Malaysia and many people in Penang are familiar with and speak English well.

Penang is in close proximity for additional trips after the PEX to Southern Thailand, Sumatra Indonesia, Singapore as well as destinations in Malaysia such as the Cameron Highlands, Taman Negara. Lake Pedu and the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia. Trips to East Malaysia Sabah and Sarawak are also recommended.

Penang is a safe and secure destination for tourists and business people and the security situation should not pose problems to visitors. The community is familiar with Australians as an RAAF base was in neighbouring Butterworth until the 1970s and there are many tourists. There is also an economic zone where many expatriates work in the computer and electronic industry.

The Schools selected are some of the oldest and most prestigious schools in South East Asia and are located in a region and culture where education is valued highly.   By Asian standards the schools are well equipped and teachers are well trained. In Malaysia. Maths and Science are now taught in English from primary school.   Malaysian education has allocated priorities to developing IT skills, Maths and Science, English and Sport.

Our host schools are public schools, fully funded by the Malaysian government. Students will be allocated to primary and secondary schools depending on their degree and subject specialisation. 

Selamat Datang ke Pulau Pinang

When we are not in the schools, you will have ample time to experience the colourful, relaxed and laid-back life style of Malaysians, all in Penang. The people are very friendly and English is commonly spoken. We will be eating at seafood restaurants and hawkers corners, you are sure to be seduced by Ikan Bakar and the famous Penang Laksa. Lunch should not cost you more than $3! Our stay will be at two hotels, both are rated 4/5 stars. During the second weekend we will be staying in a hotel in the middle of Kuala Lumpur, a bustling city with a fascinating history. There is great variety in the restaurants and tea houses as well as fantastic night markets known for their eclectic wares. During your visit to Penang, we plan to do the Round-the-Island trip that includes visits to Downtown George Town, a traditional Malay Kampung House, Snake Temple, Butterfly park, Fort Cornwallis, Kek Lok Si Temple and Little India, the order of visit to be determined by the mood of our driver. You will be delighted by Annalaksmi with spicy Indian meals accompanied by exotic dances, if the planets are aligned!!

Professional Experience Supervisors

A/Prof Ian Brown
Phone: (02) 4221 3590

A/Prof Pauline Lysaght
Phone: (02) 4221 3424


23rd June to 8th July 2012 


Approximately $2,650


We work with a range of schools in Penang including the following:

 Penang Free School

Green Lane Primary School

St George's Girls School

Convent Pulau Tikus National School

Minden National School

More to be confirmed.

Accommodation Arrangements

For information on the Bayview Hotel, Georgetown Penang, Malaysia - in the heart of Georgetown, Click here.

For information on the Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur - in the city centre, Click here. 

Information on Penang

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Information on Malaysia

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Information on Kuala Lumpur

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Last reviewed: 24 January, 2012