Top Universities in Malaysia

University of Malaya, Malaysia

Universities in Malaysia are mainly categorized into private and public universities. Additionally, many foreign universities have applied to set up their campuses in Malaysia to offer their foreign degrees in the country at a much lower cost.

As of 2013, Malaysia has 67 universities (20 public, 37 private and 10 foreign universities) as well as 400+ private colleges and private "university colleges".

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Some of the top ranked universities in the country include the Universiti Malaya (UM) in Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in Bangi, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Kuala Lumpur and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Serdan.

Malaysia's Public Universities:

Given below is the list of the 20 public universities that Malaysia currently has:

University name in English

Official Name in Malay

Acronym

Foundation

Location

University of Technology, Malaysia

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

UTM

1975

Skudai, Johor

Tun Hussein Onn University of Malaysia

Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia

UTHM

2007

Batu Pahat, Johor

Northern University, Malaysia

Universiti Utara Malaysia

UUM

1984

Sintok, Kedah

University of Malaysia, Kelantan

Universiti Malaysia Kelantan

UMK

2007

Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan

National Defence University of Malaysia

Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia

UPNM

2006

Kuala Lumpur

University of Malaya

Universiti Malaya

UM

1949

Kuala Lumpur

Technical University of Malaysia, Melaka

Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka

UTeM

2000

Durian Tunggal, Malacca

Islamic Science University of Malaysia

Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia

USIM

1997

Nilai, Negeri Sembilan

University of Malaysia, Pahang

Universiti Malaysia Pahang

UMP

2002

Kuantan, Pahang

University of Science, Malaysia

Universiti Sains Malaysia

USM

1969

Gelugor, Penang

Sultan Idris University of Education

Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris

UPSI

1997

Tanjung Malim, Perak

University of Malaysia, Perlis

Universiti Malaysia Perlis

UniMAP

2001

Arau, Perlis

University of Malaysia, Sabah

Universiti Malaysia Sabah

UMS

1994

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

University of Malaysia, Sarawak

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

UNIMAS

1992

Kota Samarahan, Sarawak

International Islamic University of Malaysia

Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia

IIUM

1983

Gombak, Selangor

National University of Malaysia

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

UKM

1970

Bangi, Selangor

MARA University of Technology

Universiti Teknologi MARA

UiTM

1956

Shah Alam, Selangor

Putra University, Malaysia

Universiti Putra Malaysia

UPM

1971

Serdang, Selangor

Sultan Zainal Abidin University

Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin

UniSZA

2005

Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

University of Malaysia, Terengganu

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu

UMT

2007

Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

Islamic University of Malaysia, Cyberjaya

Universiti Islam Malaysia

UIM

1955

Cyberjaya, Selangor

Foreign Universities with Campuses in Malaysia

Foreign universities that set up their campus in Malaysia mostly offer their courses at a much lower cost. Another advantage that you would have is that you still receive the degree from the parent university. List of international universities in Malaysia, along with their country of origin:

  1. Xiamen University (Malaysia)    
  2. Raffles University Iskandar (RUI) (Singapore)
  3. Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak
  4. Heriot-Watt University (UK)
  5. University of Reading (UK)
  6. University of Southampton (UK)
  7. University of Nottingham (UK)
  8. Monash University (Australia)
  9. Newcastle University Medicine (UK)
  10. Curtin University (Australia)

(Also Read: Scholarships for Indian Students 2016)

Private Universities in Malaysia

The Private Higher Educational Institutions Act was passed in 1996; it made a way for the establishment of private universities and university colleges.

Given below is the list of Malaysian private universities and university colleges:

  • Universiti AIMST – Bedong
  • University Antarabangsa Albukhary – Alor Setar
  • Kolej Universiti Insaniah – Alor Setar
  • Kolej Universiti Teknologi dan Inovasi Asia Pasifik - Kuala Lumpur
  • Kolej Universiti Hospitaliti BERJAYA - Kuala Lumpur
  • Kolej Universiti HELP - Kuala Lumpur
  • Pusat Pendidikan Antarabangsa Kewangan Islam - Kuala Lumpur
  • Universiti Perubatan Antarabangsa - Kuala Lumpur
  • Kolej Universiti Teknologi Antarabangsa Twintech - Kuala Lumpur
  • Kolej Universiti Metropolitan Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Lumpur
  • Universiti Terbuka Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur
  • Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman - Kuala Lumpur
  • Universiti UCSI - Kuala Lumpur
  • Universiti Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Lumpur
  • Universiti Multimedia – Melaka
  • Universiti INTI - Nilai
  • Kolej Universiti Nilai - Nilai
  • Kolej Universiti Linton - Mantin
  • Seminari Theoloji Malaysia – Serembar
  • Universiti Tenaga Nasional - Putrajaya
  • Universiti Terbuka Wawasan – Penang
  • Universiti Teknologi Petronas - Tronoh
  • Kolej INTI - Kuching
  • Universiti Teknologi Curtin - Miri
  • Universiti Teknologi Swinburne – Kuching
  • Kolej Universiti TATI – Kemamam
  • Kolej ALFA - Subang Jaya
  • Universiti Antarabangsa Al-Madinah - Shah Alam
  • Kolej Universiti Pengurusan dan Keusahawanan - Puchong
  • Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi CITY - Petalling Jaya
  • Kolej Universiti Sains Perubatan Cyberja - Cyberjaya
  • Universiti Industri Selango - Bestari Jaya
  • Kolej Universiti Antarabangsa Kejurawatan - Kota Damansara
  • Kolej Universiti Antarabangsa Teknologi Twintech – Bangi
  • Kolej Universiti KDU - Petalling Jaya
  • Kolej Universiti Infrastruktur Kuala Lumpur - Kajang
  • Universiti Teknologi Kreatif Limkokwin - Cyberjaya
  • Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia - Petalling Jaya
  • Universiti Sains Dan Pengurusan - Shah Alam
  • Universiti Monash - Subang Jaya
  • Kolej Universiti Masterskill Sains Kesihatan - Cheras
  • Universiti Multimedia - Cyberjaya
  • Universiti Nottingham – Semenyih
  • Kolej Universiti SEGi - Kota Damansara
  • Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor - Bangi
  • Universiti Sunway - Subang Jaya
  • Kolej Universiti Taylor - Subang Jaya
  • Universiti Tenaga Nasional - Kajang
  • Universiti Tun Abdul Razak - Petalling Jaya

(Also read: Qualifying Exams to Study Abroad)

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