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Universities in Malaysia

by StudyMalaysia.com on March 8, 2015 | Private Education Routes

Both public and private universities play equally important roles in the provision of higher education in Malaysia. Together, the public and private sectors provide abundant study options. Universiites offer programmes leading to the award of certificates, diplomas, bachelor's degrees as well as postgraduate qualifications.

Table 1: Types of Qualification Awarded by Universities

Education levels Higher education qualification
8 Doctoral
7 Research master degree
7 Fully or partly
taught master degree
7 Postgraduate diploma
7 Postgraduate certificate
6 Bachelor degree
6 Graduate diploma
6 Graduate certificate
6 Advanced diploma
4 Diploma
3 Certificate

Universities in Malaysia can be grouped into four major categories:

  1. Public universities
  2. Private universities
  3. Private university-colleges
  4. Foreign university branch campuses

Table 2 : List of Public Universities in Malaysia

20 Public Universities

  1. Universiti Malaya (UM) established on 1-1-1962
  2. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) established in 1969
  3. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) established on 18-5-1970
  4. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) established on 4-10-1971
  5. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) established on 1-4-1975
  6. Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) established on 26-8-1999
  7. Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) established on 10-5-1983
  8. Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) established on 16-2-1984
  9. Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) established on 24-12-1992
  10. Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) established on 24-11-1994
  11. Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) established on 24-2-1997
  12. Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) established on 13-3-1998
  13. Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) established on 15-7-1999
  14. Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) established on 30-9-2000
  15. Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) established on 1-12-2000
  16. Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) established on 16-2-2002
  17. Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) established on 2-5-2002
  18. Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) established on 1-1-2006
  19. Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) established on 14-6-2006
  20. Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia, (UPNM) established on 10-11-2006

Note: Public universities can be divided into five research, three broad-based and 12 specialised universities. The five public universities that have been designated as research universities are Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). USM has also been awarded Apex university status.

Table 3: List of Private Universities in Malaysia

40 Private Universities

  1. Multimedia University (MMU), Cyberjaya / Melaka, established in 1997
    (Two campuses: Cyberjaya campus and Melaka branch campus)
  2. Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Putrajaya / Pahang, established in 1999
    (Two campuses: Kajang campus and Bandar Muadzam Shah branch campus)
  3. Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UniRAZAK), Selangor, established in 1999
  4. Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Selangor, established in 1999
  5. International Medical University (IMU), Kuala Lumpur, established in 1999
  6. Universiti Selangor (UNISEL), Selangor, established in 2000
    (Two campuses: Shah Alam campus and Bestari Jaya campus)ok
  7. Open University Malaysia (OUM), Kuala Lumpur, established in 2000
  8. Malaysia University of Science & Technology (MUST), Selangor, established in 2000
  9. AIMST University, Kedah, established in 2001 (formerly known as Asian Institute of Medicine, Science & Technology)
    (Two campuses: Sg. Petani campus and Bedong campus)
  10. Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Kuala Lumpur / Selangor / Perak, established in 2002
    (Four campuses: Kuala Lumpur campus, Petaling Jaya campus, Bandar Sungai Long campus in Cheras and Perak campus)
  11. Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), Kuala Lumpur and around the country, established in 2001
    (11 campuses located in Kuala Lumpur and around the country)
  12. Wawasan Open University, Penang, established in 2006
  13. Albukhary International University, Kedah, established in 2006
  14. Al-Madinah International University (MEDIU), Selangor, established in 2006
  15. International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), KL, established in 2006
  16. Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT), Putrajaya,
    (upgraded to university college in 2003, and upgraded to full university status in 2007)
  17. Management and Science University (MSU), (formerly KUTPM which was established in
    2001 and upgraded to full university in 2007)
  18. Asia e University (AeU), Kuala Lumpur, established in 2007
  19. UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur (upgraded to university college in 2003 and upgraded to full university status in 2008)
    (Three campuses: Kuala Lumpur campus, Terengganu campus and Sarawak campus)
  20. Quest International University Perak, established in 2009
  21. INTI International University (IIU), Negeri Sembilan
    upgraded to university college in 2006 and upgraded to full university status in 2010)
  22. Taylor's University, Selangor
    upgraded to university college in 2006 and upgraded to full
    university status in 2010
  23. Sunway University, Selangor
    upgraded to university college in 2004 and upgraded to
    full university status in 2011
  24. Manipal International University, Nilai, established in 2010
  25. Perdana University, Selangor, established in 2011
  26. HELP University, Kuala Lumpur
    upgraded to university college in 2004 and upgraded to full university status in 2011
  27. UNITAR International University , Selangor, established in 2011
    formerly UNITAR Pintar Campus
  28. Raffles University Iskandar (RUI), Johor Selangor, established in 2011
  29. Malaysia Institute of Supply Chain Innovation (MISI), established in 2011
  30. Nilai University, Negeri Sembilan
    (upgraded in 2007 and upgraded to full university status in 2012
  31. SEGi University, Selangor
    upgraded in 2008 and upgraded to full university status in 2012
  32. Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU), Kuala Lumpur
    upgraded in 2004 and upgraded to full university status in 2012
  33. Binary University of Management and Entrepreneurship, Selangor
    upgraded in 2004 and upgraded to full university status in 2012
  34. Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL), Selangor
    upgraded in 2003 and upgraded to full university status in 2012
  35. Asia Metropolitan University, Selangor
    upgraded in 2008 and upgraded to full university status in 2012
  36. Putra Business School, established in 2012
  37. Global NXT University, established in 2012
  38. MAHSA University, Selangor
    upgraded in 2009 and further upgraded to full university status in 2013
  39. International University of Malaya-Wales, established in 2013
  40. University Malaysia of Computer Science and Engineering, established in 2013

Table 4: List of Private University-colleges

24 University-colleges

  1. International University College of Technology Twintech (IUCTT), Kuala Lumpur /Kelantan/Sabah, upgraded in 2003 (Three campuses : Kuala Lumpur campus, Sabah campus, and Kelantan campus)
  2. Selangor International Islamic University College (SIUC), Selangor, upgraded in 2004
  3. Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS), Selangor, established in 2005
  4. INSANNIAH University College, Kedah, upgraded in 2006
    (Two campuses: Alor Star, Baling, Kedah)
  5. Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMUC) , Kuala Lumpur, upgraded in 2007
  6. TATI University College, Terengganu, upgraded in 2007
  7. Berjaya University College of Hospitality, Kuala Lumpur, established in 2007
  8. International University College of Arts and Science, Selangor, established in 2008
  9. Masterskill University College of Health Sciences, Johor, upgraded in 2009
  10. Melaka Islamic University College, Melaka, upgraded in 2009
  11. City University College of Science and Technology, Selangor, upgraded in 2010
  12. Linton University College, Negeri Sembilan, upgraded in 2010
  13. KDU University College, Selangor, upgraded in 2010
  14. Allianze University College of Medical Sciences, Kedah, upgraded in 2011
  15. Shahputra University College, Penang, upgraded in 2011
  16. KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, upgraded in 2011
  17. Lincoln University College, Selangor, upgraded in 2011
  18. Southern University College, Johor, upgraded in 2012
  19. Bestari University College, Terengganu, established in 2012
  20. Kolej Universiti Islam Sultan Azlan Shah, Perak, established in 2012
  21. Vinayaka Mission International University College, Penang, established in 2013
  22. University College of Technology Sarawak, Sarawak, established in 2013
  23. Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Kuala Lumpur, upgraded in 2013
    (Four campuses: KL, Penang, Johor, Perak)
  24. Islamic University College of Science & Technology, Kelantan, established in 2013

Table 5: List of Foreign University Branch Campuses in Malaysia

8 Foreign University Branch Campuses
No. NAME OF BRANCH CAMPUS LOCATION IN MALAYSIA COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
1. Monash University Malaysia, established in 1998 Selangor Australia
2. Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia, established in 1999 Sarawak Australia
3. The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, established in 2000 (Two campuses: Selangor, KL) Kuala Lumpur United Kingdom
4. Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus, established in 2004 Sarawak Australia
5. Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia, established in 2007 Johor United Kingdom
6. University of Southampton Malaysia Campus, established in 2011 Johor United Kingdom
7. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, established in 2012 Putrajaya United Kingdom
8. University of Reading Malaysia, established in 2013 Johor United Kingdom
Study in Malaysia Handbook 9th Ed.Source: Study in Malaysia Handbook 9th Ed.

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