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Higher Education in Malaysia  >  Private Colleges

including Sabah and Sarawak

(This is the main page on PRIVATE colleges in Malaysia including Sabah and Sarawak.
Click here for separate page on  private colleges in West Malaysia only. )

This page is a quick browse list of what colleges are available for SPM students.  For details, you may have to click on the official web URL of the college you are interested on.


1- List of Private Colleges in Sabah, East Malaysia

2- List of Private Colleges in Sarawak, East Malaysia

3- List of Nursing Colleges and Universities in Malaysia

Axismatics Professional Institute
Axismatics Professional Institute

Two-year full-time or three-year part-time Fellow of British Dispensing Opticians (FBDO) programme.

Victoria International College
Victoria International College

Diploma Programmes in Business

Cempaka International Ladies' College
1- Cempaka Cheras
2- Cempaka International School- Damansara Heights
3- Cempaka International Ladies' College

Cempaka Schools Group are private schools in Malaysia. An IB World School and Cambridge International Exam Centre.

Tawau Teacher's Training College
Colleges in Malaysia (Kolej Di Malaysia)

Kolej Di Malaysia :

Polytechnics and community colleges are public-funded higher educational institutions that offer technical and vocational courses of study to upper-secondary school leavers, leading to the award of diploma and certificate qualifications.
Since 1 January 2005, these two groups of institutions have been managed by the Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education, Ministry of Higher Education.
The polytechnics and the community colleges offer offer technical and vocational courses to the school leavers with Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) qualifications.

Westminster International College (WIC)
Westminster International College (WIC)

Westminster International College is a division of the London School of Commerce (UK) Group of Colleges, offering Business programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Windfield International College
Windfield International College

Windfield International College offers a range of diploma courses in Nursing to Business Management.

World-Point Academy of Tourism
World-Point Academy of Tourism

Tourism lectures and courses conducted in English


(formerly known as KMYS)

Fully-residential, A-Level college in Selangor

Yayasan Pelajaran Johor College
Yayasan Pelajaran Johor College

(Previously known as : Institut Hospitaliti YPJ)

Programmes in Hotel, Restaurant and Catering


Courses on practical technology degrees in today's technical subjects

ALFA International College
ALFA International College

Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM)
Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM)

ALAM  is Malaysia's premier maritime education and training establishment.

This institution is designated a Branch Campus of the World Maritime University, Maimo, Sweden and has also established formal alliances with other leading maritime education and training institutions in Australia, Norway The Netherlands, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

See also List of Maritime Academy in Malaysia

Malaysian private colleges pioneered in the provision of trans-national Bachelor's degree programmes only in the 1980s. These colleges collaborate with reputable universities from countries like UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, etc.

These unique collaborative Bachelor's degree programmes include :
1) 'advance standing' arrangement,
2) American degree credit transfer programme,
3) '2+1' twinning degree and
4) 3+0 franchised degree programme.

In 1998, the setting up of Monash University's branch campus in Malaysia, offering exactly the same degrees as the main campus located in Australia. Thereafter, 3 foreign university branch campuses such as The University of Nottingham were set up to offer degree programmes in Malaysia.

The presence of foreign university branch campuses in Malaysia since 1998 is another effort by Malaysia Government to be a pioneer in higher education in this region. Together with local private universities, many diverse range of Bachelor's degree programmes have created by private higher educational institutions (PHEIs) for students to choose from.
The flexibility of studying a Bachelor's degree is that students now have a wide choice of universities or colleges at a budget best suited to them as well as the mode of programme, such as 3+0, twinning degree, degree qualification awarded by a foreign university branch campus or a home-grown career relevant degree programme.


Malaysian Private institutions provide 2 categories of higher education  :

1- Malaysian Private Higher Educational Institutions
2- Private universities
3- Private colleges that offer twinning degree programmes
Foreign University Branch Campuses located in Malaysia

There are two choices for SPM Qualification Holders who want technical and vocational training:

Qualification Holders
who want technical and vocational training:


Community  colleges

1- Polytechnics

Polytechnic education was introduced in Malaysia through the Colombo Plan in 1969 to produce quality manpower at the semi-professional level lo fulfill the needs of the public and private sectors in Malaysia.
The Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education is constantly upgrading the country's polytechnic system to meet the growing demand for skilled human capital.
 These polytechnics will provide more skilled semi-professionals in engineering, commerce and hospitality fields at Diploma and Certificate levels to meet the demand of the public and private sectors.

There are two intakes per year for SPM / SPM(V) students.
At each intake, polytechnics offer about 21,400 places to these groups of qualification holders. Polytechnics offer 24 Certificate courses, 45 Diploma courses in various disciplines and 12 bridging courses. It also offers courses for special needs (five special skills programes).

In year 2010, there are  27 polytechnics with 100,000 full-time students.

The teaching and learning process is conducted through lectures, tutorials and hands-on work including individual and group projects. Assessment is through course work and written examinations that are held at the end of each semester.
Besides these, each student is required to undergo industrial training for one semester. Industrial training helps expose students to the real working environment and provide opportunities for students to relate theoretical knowledge to practical understanding.
The training normally encompasses one semester, usually in Semester 3 at the Certificate Level and Semester 4 at the Diploma Level.
Quality education and training is ensured through commitment and total involvement of highly-qualified and well-trained teams of lecturers.


2 years

Semester Level
1 One
2 Two
3 Training
4 Three


3 years

Semester Level
1 One
2 Two
3 Three
4 Training
5 Four
6 Five

Programmes Offered in Polytechnics

The polytechnics offer full-time Certificate and Diploma courses in the fields of
1) engineering;
2) commerce,
3) tourism and hospitality;
4) visual communication,
5) information technology,
6) graphics,
7) industrial design and clothing
8) bridging courses for community college certificate holders.
Under the Department of Engineering, there are 'Special Skills Certificate' courses like
1) Civil Construction,
2) Hotel and Catering,
3) Fashion Design and Clothing,
4) Graphic Design, and
5) Mechanical Maintenance

These programmes are for those who have completed Form 5 at Special Education School.

These courses are currently conducted in Bahasa Malaysia and English and have all been approved by the Public Services Department (PSD).

Private institutions of higher learning (IPTS) in Sabah offering certificate, pre-diploma, diploma and 2+1 degree courses
In Sabah a decline in enrolment in these IPTS because of competition from Peninsula-based colleges and polytechnics, and overseas education institutions offering tertiary education.

Recent years there is mushrooming of private colleges in Kota Kinabalu.
Students have a wider choice of universities and colleges locally and in the Peninsula.

Most parents prefer to send their children to Kuala Lumpur because of the mindset that Kuala Limpur is better in terms of educational facilities, academic staff and methodology.

TAR college of Sabah continues to attract students because of its competitive tuition fee, being subsidised by the Government by 50 per cent. Moreover, TAR College also offers loans at 0 per cent interest.

Cosmopoint's courses are more industry-based in the sense that coursework on a practical basis, which includes assessment test, takes up 60 per cent. The remaining 40 per cent is examination-based.

Stamford College is another larger private college in Kota Kinabalu.

Local Sabah students have preference for government-run public institutions of higher learning (IPTA), given the relatively cheaper fees and availability of scholarships and loans.

Scholarships are limited in private colleges.
But graduates from private colleges are more likely to get jobs because private courses are tailored to meet the State's manpower needs and conducted in English as the international language, so they are more prepared for the challenges of the labour market.

Advanced Management and Technology Centre (PTPL) academic programme is recognised by the Government. PTPL's students include Mara loanees and State scholarship holders. Student graduate with a diploma here can enter public universities such as Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).
Student usually first submit their applications to join public institutions of higher learning (IPTA) to a governing body called UPU for approval. Then wait for the result whether they are accepted or not. Only then will those who are rejected, decide to join private colleges.
Many students are dependent on scholarships or loans for tertiary education because their parents cannot afford to pay for tuition fees.
AMC School of Business
More and more government schools are offering STPM (Higher School Certificate) classes, which is equivalent to pre-university level. Secondly, students are taking advantage of government-sponsored courses in polytechnics, the Sabah Skills & Technology Centre (SSTC), and the Industrial Training Centre.

The emergence of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in Kota Kinabalu has invariably drawn a large pool of students upon completion of upper secondary education.

Another contributory factor could be distance-learning programmes such as those offered by Open University Malaysia.

Kinabalu Commercial College is one of the longest established private college in Sabah.
Competition is very stiff from new colleges and foreign universities which have established branches in Malaysia to gain a share of the market.

The focus is on information technology (IT) and business administration courses. These courses are very popular with young people.

HELP Academy

Provider of the University of London International Programmes
45, Jalan Dungun Bukit Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 2095 8791

International Advertising, Communication and Technology College
International Advertising, Communication and Technology College
IACT College

formerly known as Institute Advertising Communication Training

Kolej Yayasan Saad


International College of Yayasan Melaka

Kolej Yayasan Melaka


Kolej WIT

Wholly Owned By Kolej WIT Sdn Bhd (233505-P)
Main Campus : Jalan Banting, Off Jalan Pandamaran, 42000 Port Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel : (603)-3168 8859 Fax : (603)-3167 5046 E-Mail : /
Ipoh Campus : No 51, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, 30100 Ipoh, Malaysia
Tel : (605)-(527 4069) Fax : (605)-(527 7664) E-Mail : /

Kolej Travex

 - offers Courses in Tourism
1ST Floor, Plaza First Nationwide, 161 Jalan Tun HS Lee, 50000 Kuala Lumpur


Tel: 03 20722673 (Hotline)

Registration Hour: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 10am-3pm

Taylor's College

Taylor's College has been a centre of excellence in Pre-University (Pre-U) Studies, renowned for its academic excellence and unbeatable track record in placing students into top universities around the world.

Tunku Abdul Rahman College

AlmaCrest International College (ACIC)

A Private Higher Education Institution that provides tertiary education in the fields of Tourism and Business and registered under the Ministry of Higher Education since 16 March 2005.


Degree or Relevant Work Experience MASTERS
Advanced/2nd Year Diploma or Relevant Work Experience DEGREE
Diploma or Relevant Work Experience ADVANCED DIPLOMA
School Leavers Certificate or Equivalent DIPLOMA
School Leavers Certificate or Equivalent FOUNDATION

Institut Sinaran

Institut Sinaran started in 1987 as Sabah Tshung Tsin Pre-University Centre to provide affordable internationally recognized Pre-U qualification locally.


Tafe College Seremban

Multimedia College (MMC)
previously known as Telekom Training College

Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar

A British style boarding school.
Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar has established itself over 20 years as a British-style, co-educational boarding school. With over 600 students from 11 to 19, KTJ offers a top-quality education with extensive facilities. Students at KTJ achieve high quality exam grades, while being able to undertake a wide range of sporting and extra-curricular activities.

Kolej Tunku Kurshiah

Tunku Kurshiah College or Malay Girls College was established in 1947, sited at 2 1/2m Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. It was officially opened by Lady Gent, the wife of Sir Edward Gent, the Governor of Malayan Union.

Twintech Sarawak College

Twintech College Sarawak is a pioneer private tertiary education in East Malaysia. Twintech College Sarawak which is just 20-minutes drive from the city centre is located in the serene and outskirts of Semariang, Kuching.

Sultan Alam Shah Islamic College

SIT International College
SIT International College is one of the largest and most advanced private college in Malaysia

Kolej SAL Kuala Lumpur
SAL Group of Colleges (SAL) was founded in 1982

Systematic College Johor Bahru
Systematic College

32nd Floor, Menara Landmark, Jln Ngee Heng
80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

Phone: 07-223 1872

TPM College (TPM Academy)

TPM College (formerly known as TPM Academy) is a subsidiary of Technology Park Malaysia, a corporation set up to propel Malaysia into the Information Age. Technology Park Malaysia is one of the world's most advanced and comprehensive centres for research and development in knowledge-based industries.
TPM College (formerly known as TPM Academy) is a subsidiary of Technology Park Malaysia, a corporation set up to propel Malaysia into the Information Age. Technology Park Malaysia is one of the world’s most advanced and comprehensive centres for research and development in knowledge-based industries.


TAJ International College - TIC

Kolej Agama Sultan Zainal Abidin

Formally Kolej Agama Sultan Zainal Abidin
(English: Sultan Zainal Abidin Islamic College) or KUSZA on January 27, 1980 under the administration of the Terengganu Religious Affairs Department.
Now Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (English: Sultan Zainal Abidin University, Malaysia)
KUSZA was made a statutory body with the passing of the Enactment 31/1981 by the Dewan Undangan Negeri of Terengganu.
A permanent campus was built on a 350-acre (1.4 km2) site in Gong Badak, Kuala Terengganu and KUSZA began operating in the campus from January 1983.
The first program to be offered was a Diploma in Islamic Studies (Syariah) and has expanded to 23 different Diploma programs and 3 Advanced Diploma programs.
On January 1, 2007, KUSZA was upgraded into a full university and the number of programs and disciplines were extended.

Saito College
Saito College is a small design school located in PJ (near the State Theater).

Tun Tan Cheng Lock College of Nursing


Hospital Fatimah Nursing School

Adventist College of Nursing

IMU International Medical University

A first choice private university for students pursuing medicine, pharmacy, nursing and postgraduate programmes in medical sciences and community health

Malaysian Ministry of Health (kolej jururawat di malaysia)

This Government's basic Nursing Diploma course provides comprehensive preparation and sound foundation in health science, behavioral science, and nursing science in 18 Training Institutions throughout Malaysia

Nilam College of Nursing

Nilam College offers over 600 places of students' residence in a pleasant, secure, community atmosphere. Each spacious apartment unit is ideal for the student who wants to live in a friendly and supportive environment that encourages academic success

Kolej Kejururawatan Pusrawi

MAHSA College Sabah Campus

MAHSA College (MEDICAL AND ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES COLLEGE) was established in 2004 with a noble objective of providing programmes in the field of Medical, Dental and allied health sciences to train health care professional needed for the health services in the public and private sector.

Pantai Institute of Health Science and Nursing

Established in 1993 to train nurses for 7 hospitals of the Pantai Group, the Institute has a long-standing reputation in providing nursing education and training of a new generation of nurses and health professionals for Malaysia.


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