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|As in 2013, Malaysia has :|
As a rapidly developing country, Malaysia is keen to expand higher education
to support an innovation-led economy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Universiti Malaya achieved its best position in the QS Asian
University Rankings 2012.
|n Public Universities in Malaysia|
List of 20 Government (Public) Universities
There are 20 Public Universities in Malaysia :
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Universiti Sains Malaysia
University of Science, Malaysia
National University of Malaysia
Universiti Malaya (UM)
University of Malaya
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 www.kuittho.edu.my
Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
Kolej Universiti Islam Malaysia (KUIM)
upgraded to Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) in 2007
Nasional Malaysia (UPNM)
Malaysian Armed Forces Academy
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
Universiti Darul Iman
Malaysia Pahang (UMP)
formerly Kolej Universiti Kejuruteroan & Teknologi Malaysia (KUKTEM)
formerly (UPSI) Institute Perguruan Sultan Idris (IPSI)
Universiti Islam Antarabangsa
International Islamic University Malaysia
الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية ماليزيا
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
University of Malaysia Sabah
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 and
(As At 31 December 2008)
|No.||Country||Private Higher Education Institutions||Public Higher Education Institutions||Total|
(Universiti Dan Kolej Di Malaysia)
|Top 4 Best Universities in Malaysia|
|Putra University of Malaysia (UPM)||4||4||3|
Eight Higher educational institutions in Malaysia :
|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.|
|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
Undergraduate & Skills Programmes Available in Malaysia Universities
|Fields of Study||Public Universities||Private Universities and Colleges||Public
|1||Foundation Studies / Pre-University Programmes|
|3||Art, Design & Music|
|4||Aviation & Maritime|
|5||Business & Administration|
|6||Computer & Technology|
|9||Engineering & Technical Skill|
|10||Health & Welfare|
|11||Hospitality & Tourism/Food & Beverage/Culinary|
|18||Science & Mathematics|
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.
Those who like to further their higher education in the Garden City Kuching, Malaysia, there are 2 Universities and 4 Colleges to select :
|UNIVERSITIES||PRIVATE COLLEGES IN KUCHING CITY|
Swinburne Sarawak (Foreign Private University)
2) UNIMAS (Government Public University)
More about Kuching City...
1) SEGI College:
(formally called IBMS.)
2) INTI College Sarawak: http://www.intisar.edu.my (at old St. Patrick school)
|n 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
|n 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)|
|n International Universities with campus in Malaysia ......more detail|
|2||Curtin University of Technology||www.monash.edu.my||Miri, Sarawak||1999||Australia|
|3||University of Nottingham||www.curtin.edu.my||Kuala Lumpur||2000||UK|
|4||Swinburne University of Technology||www.swinburne.edu.my||Kuching City||2004||Australia|
|n Public University Colleges in Malaysia|
|1||Kolej Universiti Sains Dan Teknologi Malaysia||KUSTEM||www.kustem.edu.my|
|3||Kolej Universiti Teknikal Kebangsaan Malaysia||KUTKM||www.kutkm.edu.my|
|4||Kolej Universiti Kejuruteraan Utara Malaysia||KUKUM||www.kukum.edu.my|
|5||University College of Engineering and Technology Malaysia||KUKTEM||community.kuktem.edu.my|
|For Religious Study :|
|6||Islamic University College of Malaysia||
|n 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||UMCCed||www.umcced.edu.my|
|2 Universiti Sains Malaysia||USM||www.usm.my|
Open University Malaysia
|4 SPACE School of Professional and Continuing Education||SPACE||www.spaceutm.edu.my|
|5 Wawasan Open University College||WOU||www.wou.edu.my|
|6 Universiti Tun Abdul Razak||UniTAR|
|7 Malaysia Multimedia University||MMU|
|n Private Schools and Institutes|
Cyma College Of Commerce
7th Floor, Bangunan Cahaya
Suria, Jln Silang, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah
|POLITEKNIK KOTA KINABALU||http://www.pkksabah.edu.my|
|Akademi Pelancongan World-Point||http://www.world-point.net|
|Axismatics Professional Institute||http://www.axismatics.edu.my|
|IN-HOUSE MULTIMEDIA COLLEGE||http://inhouse.edu.my|
Institute of Science and Management
(Institut Sains & Pengurusan)
|Kolej Komuniti Tawau|
|Kolej Eastern Kota Kinabalu|
|New Era College||http://www.newera.edu.my|
|Sabah Institute Of Art|
|S.I.T. International College||http://www.sit.edu.my|
|Snips College of Creative Art||www.snipsgroup.com|
|n Nursing Schools in Malaysia|
|Hospital Fatimah Nursing School||Fatimah Hospital, Ipoh|
|MAHSA Nursing School||Attached to the Malaysian Allied Health Sciences Academy|
|Adventist College of Nursing||in Penang Adventist Hospital|
|Kolej Kejururawatan, Hosp Sultanah Aminah||Johor Baru|
|Kolej Kejururawatan Pusrawi||Pusat Rawatan Islam, KL|
|Kolej Jururawat Masyarakat, Tawau|
|Pantai College of Nursing||located in Pantai Medical Centre, KL|
|Subang Jaya Medical Centre School of Nursing||in SJMC. Website has no updated info on the school though.|
|Tun Tan Cheng Lock College of Nursing||located in Assunta Hospital, PJ|
|University Malaya Medical Centre, School of Nursing||in UMMC, KL. There is also an Unofficial Website of the UMMC school of nursing|
|UCSI School of Nursing||attached to the University College Sedaya International|
|Hospital Lam Wah Ee Nursing School||attached to Hospital Lam Wah Ee|
|Kolej Kejururawatan Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan||located in Kuantan, Pahang|
|Sarawak Health Department||Webpage on Nursing as a career. Has a list of all the Government Schools of Nursing|
|IMU Nursing School||attached to the International Medical University|
|n INSTITUSI LATIHAN - List of Government's Nursing Colleges in Malaysia|
|n Scholarships for Malaysian and Oversea Students|
|n Colleges and Institutes in Malaysia|
Colleges and Institutes in Johor Bahru
|n Universities with campus in Tawau Town, Sabah|
|OPEN UNIVERSITY MALAYSIA|
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
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.
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.
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.
Language Medium of Instruction in Malaysia
|PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES||PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES|
|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
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
Universities from United
States of America
|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
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
|Universities in Asia||Country|
|1||19||University of Tokyo||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|
|9||50=||Seoul National University||South Korea|
|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|
|18||114||Tel Aviv University||Israel|
|20||124||National Taiwan University||Taiwan|
|21||141||University of Science and Technology of China||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|
|29||174=||Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)||India|
|31||188||Pohang University of Science and Technology||South Korea|
Top University in each country in the year 2008
The Top university in each
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||4 National University of Singapore|
|Hong Kong||8 University of Hong Kong||3 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 11 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 :
|n Private Universities in Malaysia|
There are total 18 Private Universities in Malaysia : List of Private Universities
|UNIVERSITI KUALA LUMPUR
الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية ماليزيا
|Wawasan Open University
College is Malaysia’s first private not-for-profit open learning
university. A university aimed at providing new opportunities for higher
learning to working adults who wish to study in Malaysia for accredited qualifications
or for personal enrichment. The flexible, self-paced learning environment
is specially designed for the convenience and accessibility of adult
learners. It aims to bring down the personal cost of learning to a level
that more people can afford.
Wawasan Open University College headquarters is located in Penang. Learners are supported by trained tutors in learning centres in Penang, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru.
Wawasan Open University College 51-20, Menara BHL Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah 10050 Penang Tel No: 04-227-3323
|n Private University Colleges in Malaysia|
|INTI International University College||www.inti.edu.my|
Limkokwing University College of Creative Technology
|2 University College Sedaya International||UCSI||www.ucsi.edu.my|
|4 Kolej Universiti Teknologi & Pengurusan Malaysia||KUTPM||www.kutpm.edu.my|
|5 International University College of Technology Twintech||Twintech|
|6 HELP University College (Help Institute )||HELP||www.help.edu.my|
INDEX : Public Universities March 03, 2014 11:45:53 AM