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Study in Malaysia  →  Higher Education in Malaysia

As in 2016, Malaysia has :

1) 414 Private colleges
2) 37 Private universities
3) 10 Private University-colleges
4) 1 Public University-college
5) 10 Foreign branch campus
6) 20 Public universities

Overseas students aspiring for quality degrees recognized internationally can choose to study at premier Malaysian universities and international university branch campuses in Malaysia.

1- Malaysian universities (public and private)
2- International university branch campuses in Malaysia

One of the factors that makes Malaysia a favourable education destination are :

1- The very affordable tuition fee
2- Low cost of living.

There are over 100 private universities, university-college and colleges to choose from, and over 3,000 programmes to specialize in.
Malaysia hosts branch campuses of prestigious universities from the UK, US, Australia, India.

For these prestigious international university's campus in Malaysia, the students pay only a fraction of the cost when studying in Malaysia compared to what they need to pay in the main campus.

In private universities in Malaysia, tuition fee for a full degree programme of three are between US$3,000 to US$10,000 a year - a third of the costs in US, Britain and Australia, with the programmes providing the same students’ learning outcome.

Public colleges offer 160,000 places
Private colleges offer 130,000 places

160,000 places are offering PUBLIC universities and skills training institutes for students for the 2013/2014 academic year. The courses are for degree, diploma and certificate programmes.

130,000 places are available at the 37 private universities, 20 university colleges, 418 private colleges and seven international branch campuses in Malaysia.

To help underprivileged students with poor academic results, there are also pre-diploma programmes for the Malays and the Orang Asli at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and for the Indian community at polytechnics.

As a rapidly developing country, Malaysia is keen to expand higher education to support an innovation-led economy.

The Government sponsors Malaysian students for research degrees (both master’s and PhD) within the country and abroad.

Malaysia has 64 universities (20 public, 37 private and seven foreign universities).

PhD in Malaysia

The total number of PhD holders in Malaysia was around 12,000 in 2010, while the number of students enrolled in doctoral programmes (in Malaysia and abroad) was about 17,000.

Malaysia has ambitious targets to produce 48,000 PhD holders by 2020 and 60,000 PhD holders by 2023.

Economic Transformation Programme (ETP)

With the release of the National Education Blueprint(2013-2025) in September, 2013 Malaysia is looking to transform the country’s education system to be on par with those of developed countries.

With over 500 institutions now established, the higher education sector in Malaysia is building capacity to meet the targets of plans like the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), which called for more university graduates to manage priority sectors, including tourism, health, biotechnology and education itself.

World University Rankings


QS 200 World University Rankings 2011/2012 ranked the government run University of Malaya 167th worldwide (39th in Asia), up 40 places from 2010.

The Times Higher Education 400 Top World University Ranking 2011/2012, however, did not include a single Malaysian institution in its list, but rank two from Singapore and one from Thailand.

Nonetheless, Malaysia has increased its attractiveness as a tertiary education provider in the global market­place. There are 70,509 international students in Malaysian higher education institutions (25,263 in public institutions and 45,246 in private ones).

In 2012, Over 90,000 international students from over 100 countries studying in Malaysia, the country is the world’s 11th largest exporter of educational services.

Universiti Malaya achieved its best position in the QS Asian University Rankings 2012.
UM placed 35th overall, the highest among higher learning institutions in Malaysia.
UM achieved an overall score of 71.4 out of a possible 100 and ranked fourth for inbound and outbound student exchange.

UM also ranked number one in Malaysia for academic reputation and employer reputation.

QS Asian University rankings represent the most extensive study of institutions conducted with 500 universities assessed and include responses to academic and employer surveys by QS.

Educational Hub

Malaysia is fast becoming an educational hub for excellence in the Asian region because its tertiary education sector has grown exponentially in the last 10 years.

The vision of Malaysian government is to create a higher education environment that fosters the development of academic and institutional excellence in order for Malaysia to secure its position as a global education hub.

Schools from Australia and the United Kingdom (UK) were setting up branches in Malaysia in the past 10 years, and this reflects Malaysia’s growing educational domain.

The country today is the world’s 11th largest exporter of educational services with over 90,000 international students from over 100 nations studying in schools, colleges, university colleges and universities in the country

There are 20 Public Universities (IPTA) in Malaysia.

Malaysia also has 60 Private Higher Education Institutions (IPTS) like Universiti Teknologi Petronass (UTP), Universiti Multi Media (MMU) and Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten).

These universities, university colleges and polytechnics nationwide produced 184,581 graduates in 2011.

There are 90,000 over foreign students studying in Malaysia
With over 90,000 international students from over 100 nations studying in Malaysia, the country is the world’s 11th largest exporter of educational services.

Malaysia is fast becoming an educational hub for excellence in the Asian region because its tertiary education sector has grown exponentially in the past decade.

The vision of Malaysian government is to create a higher education environment that fosters the development of academic and institutional excellence in order for the country to secure its position as a global education hub.

Schools from Australia and the United Kingdom (UK) were setting up branches in Malaysia in the past 10 years, and this reflects Malaysia’s growing educational domain.

As the world’s 11th largest exporter of educational services, Malaysia has over 90,000 international students from over 100 nations studying in schools, colleges, university colleges and universities.

Malaysia is increasingly being seen a regional leader in providing world-class education, with 200,000 international students expected in Malaysia by 2020.

The higher education ministry expects to earn RM6 billion a year from foreign students based on an average earning of RM30,000 per student.

Malaysia has become a popular destination for the pursuit of higher education among foreign students, more and more established reputable universities from around the world will set up their branch campuses here, working jointly with Malaysian universities and colleges.

Malaysia is an attractive destination for overseas students as a stable, safe and relatively cheap place to study.
In 2012, there are 25 foreign universities applied to set up campuses in Malaysia.

This has proven that the interest in the Malaysia's tertiary education sector has shifted to higher gear.

The Government's focus on the education sector had made Malaysia a centre of educational excellence in the region.

Malaysia currently hosts more than 93,000 international students from more than 100 countries, with 150,000 targeted by 2015 and 200,000 by 2020.

Ranked as the world's 11th largest exporter of educational services, the government is counting on the increased demand for quality education from students in existing and new markets, like the Middle East, China and Africa.
Increase in foreign student's enrollment in Malaysia has made the country one of the strongest emergent contenders in the international market of foreign students.

By 1999 at least 70 institutions of higher education from UK had some kind of collaborative arrangement with Malaysian private institutions.
Compare this with the situation in 1995, when 20 per cent of Malaysian students studied abroad – costing the country an estimated RM2.4 billion a year.
The policy of internationalization in higher education in Malaysia has evolved due to necessity in keeping with the demands of changing market economies. To transform from a production based economy to a knowledge based economy requires a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce.


Malaysian government sought to partner with foreign higher educational institutions to offer more educational opportunities for Malaysians on their own soil.

The internationalization policy for higher education in Malaysia was formulated with six critical aspects in mind, that is:

1) Student mobility
2) Staff mobility
3) Academic programs
4) Research and development
5) Social integration
6) Community development

These new policies were soon translated into regulatory frameworks to provide quality education in the private sector coupled with support from international institutions of higher education.

The government focused on making Malaysia a leader in education in Southeast Asia, and the foundations laid will take the country forward in the next few decades as well.


There are 20 Public Universities in Malaysia :
List of 20 Government (Public) Universities

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Putra University,Malaysia
(research university)
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
University of Science, Malaysia
(research university)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) 
National University of Malaysia
(research university)
Universiti Malaya (UM)
University of Malaya
(research university)

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
Technological University of Malaysia

MARA (University Technology MARA)

Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP)
Kolej Universiti Kejuruteroan Utara Malaysia (KUKUM)
Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM)
Kolei Universiti Teknikal Kebangsaan Malaysia (KUTKM)
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM)
Formally Kolej Universiti Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn (KUiTTHO)
 upgraded in 2007
Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
Kolej Universiti Islam Malaysia  (KUIM)
upgraded to Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) in 2007


Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM)
Malaysian Armed Forces Academy
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK)
Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia (UDM)
Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP)
formerly Kolej Universiti Kejuruteroan & Teknologi Malaysia (KUKTEM)
Universiti Pendidkan Sultan Idris (UPSI)
formerly (UPSI) Institute Perguruan Sultan Idris (IPSI)
Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM)
International Islamic University Malaysia
الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية ماليزيا

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)
officially launched on Feb 1st, 2007,
formerly known as :
Kolej Universiti Soins & Teknologi Malaysia (KUSTEM)
- July 2001
KUT - July 1999
UPMT - June 1996
Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
Northern University of Malaysia
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak  (UNIMAS)
University of Malaysia Sarawak
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
University of Malaysia Sabah

EduCity Iskandar Malaysia

A fully integrated education hub recognized as an Entry Point Project (EPP) under the National Key Economic Area (NKEA).

The City play an integral part in the success of Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme.
EduCity comprises :

1) Universities
2) Institutes of higher education
3) Academia industry action
4) R&D centers
5) Student accommodations
6) Recreational and sports facilities

(As At 31 December 2008)
International Students in Malaysia with Valid International Student Passes
Source : Ministry of Higher Education

No. Country Private Higher Education Institutions Public Higher Education Institutions Total
1. China 2,385 7,970 10,355
2. Indonesia 3,828 6,192 10,020
3. Iran 2,998 3,247 6,245
4. Nigeria 538 5,516 6,054
5. Bangladesh 418 3,168 3,586
6. Yemen 1,212 1,846 3,058
7. Botswana 4 2,358 2,362
8. Sudan 632 1,407 2,039
9. Iraq 1,186 467 1,653
10. Pakistan 175 1,475 1,650
  Sub-Total 13,376 33,646 47,022
11 Other Countries 6,967 16,270 23,237
  Grand Total 20,343 49,916 70,259

Universities in Malaysia
(Universiti Dan Kolej Di Malaysia)

Top 4 Best Universities in Malaysia

University 2007 2006 2005
University of Malaya UM 1 2 1
Technological University of Malaysia UTM 2 3 4
National University of Malaysia UKM 3 1 2
Putra University of Malaysia (UPM) 4 4 3

The Eight types of Higher educational institutions in Malaysia :

1 2 3 4
Public Universities Polytechnics Community Colleges Teacher Training Colleges
Public Universities Polytechnics Community Colleges Teacher Training Colleges
Fully funded government universities. Which train school leavers to be skilled technical assistants and technicians in various engineering fields, or junior & middle level executives.  Institutions for SPM or SPM(V) school leavers to train, 'reskill' or 'up-skill' themselves. Responsible for producing teachers under the management of Teacher Education Division in the Ministry of Education.

5 6 7 8
Technical & Vocational Education Private Universities Foreign University Branch Campuses Private Colleges
Technical & Vocational Education Private Universities Foreign University Branch Campuses Private Colleges
An alternative to academic qualifications. It emphasizes hands-on training and new skills. Privately owned and established by financially sound corporations. They can confer the award of bachelor degrees & other higher qualifications. Universities from foreign countries, which provide the option for students in Malaysia to obtain foreign tertiary qualifications locally instead of going abroad. Colleges run by the private sector to provide tertiary education to school leavers.

Top Universities of the World:

4th International Conference on World-Class Universities
October 30 - November 2, 2011, Shanghai, China

List of Top 100 World Universities in 2010

by Government
by Non-Government

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Undergraduate & Skills Programmes Available in Malaysia Universities

Fields of Study
Foundation Studies / Pre-University Programmes
Art, Design & Music
Aviation & Maritime
Business & Administration
Computer & Technology
Engineering & Technical Skill
Health & Welfare
Hospitality & Tourism/Food & Beverage/Culinary
Language Studies
Mass Communication
Science & Mathematics
Social Science

Higher Learning Institutions in Malaysia Universities
Malaysian government regards highly skilled human capital as the nucleus of a knowledge-based economy and has been attempting to reform higher-educational policies in both the public and private sectors since 1990s.
The Malaysian government put in place a good framework of legislations on education which were tabled in the House of Parliament between 1995 and 1997.

“Education reform” is seen as a key concern in Malaysia since independence in 1963. Currently there are 20 public universities and 6 university collages established under the Universities and University Colleges Act.

Recent years a global consensus has emerged in the importance of investing in human capital, which is viewed as an essential part of efforts to raise incomes and achieved sustained economic growth of a country. In that respect the human capital produce from the university educational system should be competitive in term of knowledge and skills and in term of character and integrity. The trend of labor market in Malaysia suggests that there is an urgent need to invest in such new education system.

The Key challenge of the education system is to provide Malaysia with a competent workforce with knowledge and skills. Overall it has been widely reported that the country needs an estimated 2.2 million total workforce by 2010.

The Role of Higher Institutions is to produce a competent workforce equipped with the skills, knowledge, attitude and behavior to meet the demands of the high-technology era. Presently, only about 12% of the general population pursue tertiary studies locally and a significant portion of those students study abroad (NAPIEI, 2002). By the year 2020, the government hopes that 40 percent of the Malaysian population will attend tertiary education. All Universities in Malaysia play a significant role in fulfilling these needs. The prerequisite of a successful institution of higher learning is to have skilled workforce. Hence human resource development in a university is vital and remains significant in this millennium.

Universities and Colleges in Sarawak, Malaysia

Those who like to further their higher education in the Garden City Kuching, Malaysia, there are  Universities and Colleges to select

Educational Links:

Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) or Public Service Department (PSD) provides scholarships and loans for students to further their studies locally and overseas.
JPA has an Overseas Programme for Bachelor's Degree Qualifications by offering overseas Bachelor's degree sponsorship programmes to students with good SPM results. The selected students who are not more than 18 years old will undergo locally-conducted preparatory courses for two years. These students who pass with distinction in the preparatory course will be offered places in any of the top universities in US, Britain or Australia and given full scholarships.

April 2008 - READER'S DIGEST :

The University of Malaya is recognized as Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand as not only the best university in Malaysia but also as an internationally-respected and most trusted institution of higher education.

University of Malaya once again received the Gold Award for Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand 2008. University of Malaya was voted by consumers as the best and the most trusted brand for universities in Malaysia. In 2007, University of Malaya became the first university in Malaysia to win the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand in the university category, the first time the category was introduced. This second win in 2008 has made University of Malaya the only university in Malaysia to receive the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand accolade twice.

This achievement is a confirmation that Malaysia’s first and oldest university is well on its way to joining the ranks of top universities in the world-class university leagues. The survey done by Reader’s Digest through the Nielsen Company is a credible and reputable one in which readers vote objectively for their most trusted brand. This win affirms the local and international standing of the University of Malaya and underscores its strengths in research and teaching. Its also reaffirms the international accreditation received by the university for its various degrees.

University of Malaya academic programmes are of international standard and recognized by international bodies.

Malaysian Government's Educational Departments

1 Department of Higher Education Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia
2 Department of Polyteclinic and Community College Education Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia
3 Public Higher Education Management Sector Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia
4 Private Higher Education Management Sector Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia
5 Private Higher Educational Institutions (PHEIs) 
6 Private Institutions of Higher Learning
7 Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
8 Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA)

International Universities with campus in Malaysia

1 Monash University Selangor 1998 Australia
2 Curtin University of Technology Miri, Sarawak 1999 Australia
3 University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur 2000 UK
4 Swinburne University of Technology Kuching City 2004 Australia

Public University Colleges in Malaysia

1  Kolej Universiti Sains Dan Teknologi Malaysia KUSTEM
3  Kolej Universiti Teknikal Kebangsaan Malaysia KUTKM
4  Kolej Universiti Kejuruteraan Utara Malaysia KUKUM
5  University College of Engineering and Technology Malaysia KUKTEM
 For Religious Study :
6  Islamic University College of Malaysia KUIM

Distance Learning in Malaysia

Acquiring a Bachelor's degree through distance learning is no longer a new thing for Malaysia. Distance learning provides the flexibility of acquiring a degree at own pace and at a reduced cost.
Malaysia's higher educational institutions PHEI conduct distance learning programmes with the approval from the national quality assurance agency MQA. Students learn at their own pace through online tutorials and course materiols from the institution. Students are required to attend a number of face-to-face tutorials at the institution's premises

1 University of Malaya Centre for Continuing Education


2 Universiti Sains Malaysia


3 Open University Malaysia [UNIVERSITI  TERBUKA  MALAYSIA]


4 SPACE School of Professional and Continuing Education


5 Wawasan Open University College


6 Universiti Tun Abdul Razak


7 Malaysia Multimedia University


Private Schools and Institutes

Cyma College Of Commerce

7th Floor, Bangunan Cahaya Suria, Jln Silang, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
03-2031 9020

AMC - The school of Business

Akademi Pelancongan World-Point
Axismatics Professional Institute
Institut Astin
Kolej Komuniti Tawau  
Kolej Eastern Kota Kinabalu  
New Era College
Sabah Institute Of Art

Snips College of Creative Art

Nursing Schools and Colleges in Malaysia (Kolej Kejururawatan Dan Kesihatan)

INSTITUSI LATIHAN - List of Government's Nursing Colleges in Malaysia

Kolej Kejururawatan Hospital Kuala Lumpur
Kolej Kejururawatan Klang
Sekolah Latihan Pembantu Farmasi,Petaling Jaya
Kolej Pembantu Perubatan Hospital Seremban
Sekolah Jururawat Masyarakat Kuala Pilah
Kolej Kejururawatan Hospital Melaka
Kolej Kejururawatan Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru
Kolej Kejururawatan Hospital Kuala Terengganu
Kolej Kejururawatan Kubang Kerian,Kota Bahru
Kolej Kejururawatan, Hospital Alor Setar, Kedah
Kolej Pembantu Perubatan, Hospital Alor Setar
Kolej Kejururawatan Pulau Pinang
Sekolah Latihan Pergigian, Pulau Pinang
Kolej Kejururawatan Hospital Taiping, Perak
Kolej Kejururawatan Hospital Ipoh
Kolej Pembantu Perubatan Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta

Kolej Kejururawatan Hospital Duchess of Kent, Sandakan
Kolej Kejururawatan Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Sekolah Jururawat Masyarakat Tawau, Sabah
Kolej Kejururawatan Sandakan, Sabah

Kolej Kejururawatan Kuching, Sarawak
Kolej Kejururawatan Sibu, Sarawak
Kolej Pembantu Perubatan Kuching, Sarawak
Sekolah Kejururawatan Serian, Sarawak
Sekolah Latihan Pembantu Farmasi Kuching, Sarawak

Scholarships for Malaysian and Oversea Students

Bank Scholarship Loan

Government Scholarship Loan

MARA Scholarship

Private Scholarship Loan

Colleges and Institutes in Malaysia

Colleges and Institutes in Johor Bahru


Universities with campus in Tawau Town, Sabah




Teachers' Training Colleges

Colleges in Sabah

Colleges in West Malaysia

Nursing Schools and Colleges
(Kolej Kejururawatan)

Institutes of IT (Information Technology)

Institutes of Business

Colleges of Music and Arts

Institutes of Medicines

Photo above : UiTM Sabah, Kota Kinabalu Campus, Sabah

The development of higher education in Malaysia is moving forward globalizing. Universities and colleges are facing new challenges in advancement and progression. Overseas universities such as in U.K, USA, Australia are transforming themselves into global universities, establishing new campuses and exporting educational programmes in other foreign countries.

In Malaysia, Nottingham University and Monash University, are good example of such global universities. Malaysia accept overseas universities to set up campuses here at the same time want the local universities to be at par with these universities. Local universities should be able to produce graduates of comparable quality. A healthy competition with the foreign universities is able to improve the quality of Malaysian own universities's potential and strength.  

The Ninth Malaysian Plan, turn Malaysia into a regional centre for higher education. By 2010 Malaysia should become a global education hub and to be able to attract 100,000 students from overseas. Today, there are already students from the West Asia and China and surrounding countries.

Given its strategic location, its resources, and its past role as the cultural crossroad of the world, Malaysia is unquestionably the most appropriate place to be a regional hub for higher educational learning.

Malaysian Colleges and Universities have also begun taking their programmes overseas. Several Malaysian institutions have set up programmes in over a dozen countries. This remarkable success serves as the catalyst to Malaysian institutions to improve its educational services and courses.

To turn Malaysia into a regional hub of academic excellence, Malaysian must be alert to new ideas and new strategies. The main priorities, for local universities and colleges is to offer courses pertinent to Malaysia’s development. Graduates produced must have skills and knowledge relevant to every sector of the economy of the country.

Malaysian government aware the urgent need in services and knowledge-based sectors such as finance and banking, biotechnology, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), multimedia content development, advanced manufacturing, and industrial design.

Human capital is a key pillar to the relentless quest for greater development. Malaysia consistently sets aside a high proportion development budget, averaging 20%, for education. In order to ensure that students gain relevant and cutting edge skills, education institutions should link closely with industries.

Academic staff particularly in engineering, technology and the bio-medical fields must keep abreast with current progress in the private sector. Only then they are able to transmit new knowledge and advances to their students.

In spite of the prevailing trend of modernization, market forces and industry requirements should not solely determine the direction of higher education. Otherwise university programmes offered will be largely commercially-driven and lacking in comprehensiveness. Universities and colleges must be centers that advance our knowledge of culture and be custodians of the enduring richness of civilization. Modernization must not come with cultural degradation.

Foundation of Malaysia unique cultural heritage and religious values should be further strengthened as this country embarks on its journey to become a knowledge powerhouse in the region. Malaysians should strive to contribute positively to human civilization and progress.

Malaysia has a natural strength in its cultural diversity to prosper as an inter-civilization knowledge centre while attending to technological innovation, scientific research, and financial management. Thus universities must be open to all knowledge and ideas, and to encourage a contestation of ideas. Only then would our universities be truly world class.

Language Medium of Instruction in Malaysia:

English is the primary medium of instruction in all private higher educational institutions in Malaysia. Bahasa Malaysia is used in all Bachelor's Degree courses in Public Government Universities (except for subjects like Maths and Science which are conducted in English).

English is only used for postgraduate studies at public universities.

Foreign University Branch Campus in Malaysia
Malaysia is an education hub providing courses tailored to satisfy the local market's needs and expectations. It also offers foreign qualifications that students can pursue in Malaysia in branch campuses from Universities of United Kingdom and Australia.

3+0 Status Private Colleges and Their Overseas University-Partners
3+0 degree concept was to enable students to complete a foreign degree programme in Malaysia without having to go to oversea university. Following universities offer 3+0 degree in Malaysia:

Universities from United Kingdom
University of Sunderland
University of Teesside
University of Liverpool John Moores
University of Northumbria
University of Wolverhampton

Universities from Australia
University of Tasmania
University of Wollongong
University of Murdoch
Swinburne University of Technology
Griffith University

Universities from United States of America
Northwood University

Private Universities in Malaysia
Private universities in Malaysia are owned and established by private corporations headed by renowned Chief Executive Officers (CEOs). All private universities are profit-making corporation. These Private universities are invited and granted university status by the Malaysian Minister of Higher Education, empowered under the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996. They can confer the award of Bachelor degrees and other higher qualifications.
MAPCU (Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities) registered 18 March 1997 stands as Malaysia's most prestigious grouping of private higher education institutions with memberships from major well established private colleges and universities in Malaysia.

Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities is recognized by the Ministry of Education, the National Accreditation Board, the Multimedia Development Corporation, the Ministry of Finance, and the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister's Department.

MAPCU Scholarship Programme was launched by former Minister of Education, Y.B. Dato' Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak in 1999. MAPCU member institutions have collectively offered over RM4 million worth of scholarships since 1999.

University-College Status
The University-College status is conferred by Ministry of Education of Malaysia to qualifying colleges which fulfill the high expectations in producing industry-relevant graduates.

Ranked by Times Higher Education Supplement

Asia Ranking
World Ranking
Universities in Asia Country
1 19 University of Tokyo Japan
2 25 Kyoto University Japan
3 26 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
4 30 National University of Singapore Singapore
5 39 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
6 42 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
7 44 Osaka University Japan
8 50= Peking University China
9 50= Seoul National University South Korea
10 56 Tsinghua University China
11 61 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
12 77 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
13 93 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel
14 95 Korea Advanced Inst of Science & Technology South Korea
15 109 Technion— Israel Institute of Technology Israel
16 112 Tohoku University Japan
17 113 Fudan University China
18 114 Tel Aviv University Israel
19 120 Nagoya University Japan
20 124 National Taiwan University Taiwan
21 141 University of Science and Technology of China China
22 143 Nanjing University China
23 144 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
24 147 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
25 154 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India
26 158 Kyushu University Japan
27 166 Chulalongkorn University Thailand
28 174= Hokkaido University Japan
29 174= Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) India
30 180 Waseda University Japan
31 188 Pohang University of Science and Technology South Korea
32 199 Kobe University Japan

Top University in each country in the year 2008

The Top university in each Asian country
Ranked by Times Higher Education Supplement

Ranking in Asia

Ranking in Asia
China 1  Beijing University 8  Beijing University
Japan 2  University of Tokyo 1  University of Tokyo
Singapore 3  National University of Singapore National University of Singapore
Hong Kong 8  University of Hong Kong University of Hong Kong
Indian 15  Indian Institute of Technology 25 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
South Korea 18  Seoul National University, South Korea 9   Seoul National University
Taiwan 25  National Taiwan University 20 National Taiwan University
Israel 29  Hebrew University of Jerusalem 13 Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Thailand 41  Chulalongkorn University Thailand 27 Chulalongkorn University
Malaysia 48  University Kebangsaan Malaysia


Universiti dan Kolej di Malaysia

Malaysia has 20 public universities, 6 public university colleges, 10 private universities, one private university college and more than 600 private colleges. Most of them offer similar courses. Many junior colleges provide distance education programs.

The encouragement and promotion by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia resulted an increasing number of foreign students coming to study in Malaysia. Currently, there are about 20,000 foreign students in Malaysia's Public Universities that are renowned in the Asia-Pacific-Region, such as University of Malaya, University of Putra and University of Science Malaysia.

Public Universities offer a range of 3 to 4 year degree courses.
3 prestigious oversea universities overseas already set up their branch campuses in Malaysia offering a range of degree programs :


Other then Universities, there are also well established private educational institutions. These private educational institutions collaborate with university partners in the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand are providing wide range of tertiary programs. Students enrolled in the programs complete all or part of their studies in Malaysia, and they can expect significant savings compared to completing the entire course overseas.

There are three main types of programs, namely 3+0, Split and Credit transfer programs :

What is a University College (UC) ?

  By Malaysian Government : 2000 2005 2007
1 National University 11 11 20
2 National University College 0 6  
3 Technical College 11 20  
4 Community College 0 34 37

Total :

22 71  

  Private : 2000 2005 2007
1 Private University 5 11 32
2 Private University College 0 11  
3 Campus of Oversea University 3 5 4
4 College 632 532 485

Total :

640 559