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List of Universities in Malaysia

by StudyMalaysia.com on November 19, 2018 | Top Stories

List of Universities in Malaysia

Did you know that there are 20 public universities and 47 private universities in Malaysia? There are 34 university colleges and 10 foreign university branch campuses too (list updated as at November 2018).

If you’re planning for your tertiary education or even considering pursuing postgraduate studies, make sure you check out this list!


20 Public Universities in Malaysia

No. Name of university Date established Location
1 Universiti Malaya (UM) 1-1-1962 Kuala Lumpur
2 Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) 1969 Penang
3 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) 18-5-1970 Selangor
4 Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) 4-10-1971 Selangor
5

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

1-4-1975 Johor
6 Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) 26-8-1999 Selangor
7 Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) 10-5-1983 Selangor
8 Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) 16-2-1984 Kedah
9 Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) 24-12-1992 Sarawak
10 Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) 24-11-1994 Sabah
11 Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) 24-2-1997 Perak
12

Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)

13-3-1998 Negeri Sembilan
13 Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) 15-7-1999 Terengganu
14 Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) 30-9-2000 Johor
15 Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) 1-12-2000 Melaka
16 Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) 16-2-2002 Pahang
17 Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) 2-5-2002 Perlis
18

Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA)

1-1-2006 Terengganu
19 Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) 14-6-2006 Kelantan
20 Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia, (UPNM) 10-11-2006 Kuala Lumpur

Note: Public universities can be divided into five research universities, 11 comprehensive universities and four specialised technical universities (MTUN). 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.. The four universities under the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN) are UTHM, UTeM, UMP and UniMAP.

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47 Private Universities in Malaysia

No. Name of university Date established Location
1 Multimedia University (MMU), Cyberjaya established in 1997 Cyberjaya / Melaka / Johor
2 Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) established in 1999 Putrajaya / Pahang
3 Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UniRAZAK) established in 1999 Selangor
4 Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) established in 1999 Selangor
5 International Medical University (IMU) established in 1999 Kuala Lumpur
6 Universiti Selangor (UNISEL) established in 2000 Selangor
(Shah Alam and Bestari Jaya)
7 Open University Malaysia (OUM) established in 2000 Kuala Lumpur
8 Malaysia University of Science & Technology (MUST) established in 2000 Selangor
9 AIMST University established in 2001 Kedah
10 Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) established in 2002 Selangor / Perak
11 Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) established in 2001 11 campuses located in Kuala Lumpur and around the country
12 Wawasan Open University established in 2006 Penang
13 Albukhary International University established in 2006 Kedah
14 Al-Madinah International University (MEDIU) established in 2006 Selangor
15 International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) established in 2006 Kuala Lumpur
16 Limkokwing University of Creative Technology upgraded to university college in 2003, and further upgraded to full university status in 2007 Putrajaya
17 Management and Science University (MSU) formerly KUTPM which was established in 2001 and upgraded to full university in 2007 Selangor
18 Asia e University (AeU) established in 2007 Kuala Lumpur
19 UCSI University upgraded to university college in 2003 and further upgraded to full university status in 2008 Kuala Lumpur / Terengganu Sarawak
20 Quest International University Perak established in 2009 Perak
21 INTI International University (IIU) upgraded to university college in 2006 and further upgraded to full university status in 2010 Negeri Sembilan
22 Taylor’s University upgraded to university college in 2006 and further upgraded to full university status in 2010 Selangor
23 Sunway University upgraded to university college in 2004 and further upgraded to full university status in 2011 Selangor
24 Manipal International University established in 2010 Nilai
25 Perdana University established in 2011 Selangor
26 HELP University upgraded to university college in 2004 and further upgraded to full university status in 2011 Kuala Lumpur
27 UNITAR International University established in 2011 Selangor
28 Raffles University Iskandar (RUI) established in 2011 Johor
29 Malaysia Institute of Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) established in 2011 Selangor
30 Nilai University upgraded in 2007 and further upgraded to full university status in 2012 Negeri Sembilan
31 SEGi University upgraded in 2008 and further upgraded to full university status in 2012 Selangor
32 Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) upgraded in 2004 and further upgraded to full university status in 2012 Kuala Lumpur
33 Binary University of Management and Entrepreneurship upgraded in 2004 and further upgraded to full university status in 2012 Selangor
34 Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL) upgraded in 2003 and further upgraded to full university status in 2012 Selangor
35 Asia Metropolitan University upgraded in 2008 and further upgraded to full university status in 2012 Selangor/Johor
(Two campuses: Cheras campus, Selangor and Johor)
36 Putra Business School established in 2012 Selangor
37 Global NXT University established in 2012 Kuala Lumpur
38 MAHSA University upgraded in 2009 and further upgraded to full university status in 2013 Selangor
39 International University of Malaya-Wales established in 2013 Kuala Lumpur
40 University Malaysia of Computer Science and Engineering established in 2013 Putrajaya
41 Universiti Islam Malaysia, Cyberjaya established in 2014 Selangor
42 DRB-HICOM University of Automotive Malaysia established in 2015 Pahang
43 Asia School of Business established in 2015 Kuala Lumpur
44 City University upgraded in 2010 and further upgraded to full university status in 2016 Selangor
45 Meritus University established in 2016 Kuala Lumpur
46 Universiti Sultan Azlan Shan upgraded in 2012 and further upgraded to full university status in 2016 Perak
47 Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah upgraded in 2006 and further upgraded to full university status in 2018 Kedah

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34 Private University Colleges in Malaysia

No. Name of university Date established Location
1

International University College of Technology Twintech (IUCTT)

North Borneo University College, Sabah (formerly known as International University College of Technology Twintech, Sabah campus)

upgraded in 2013 Sabah
2 Selangor International Islamic University College (SIUC) upgraded in 2004 Selangor
3 Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) established in 2005 Selangor
4 Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMUC) upgraded in 2007 Kuala Lumpur
5 TATI University College upgraded in 2007 Terengganu
6 Berjaya University College of Hospitality established in 2007 Kuala Lumpur
7 Melaka Islamic University College upgraded in 2009 Melaka
8 Linton University College upgraded in 2010 Negeri Sembilan

9

KDU University College upgraded in 2010 Selangor

10

Widad University College upgraded in 2011 Pahang
11 KPJ Healthcare University College upgraded in 2011 Negeri Sembilan
12 Lincoln University College upgraded in 2011 Selangor
13 Southern University College upgraded in 2012 Johor
14 Bestari University College established in 2012 Terengganu
15 Vinayaka Mission International University College established in 2013 Penang
16 University College of Technology Sarawak established in 2013 Sarawak
17 Tunku Abdul Rahman University College upgraded in 2013 Kuala Lumpur / Penang, Johor, Perak
18 Islamic University College of Science & Technology established in 2013 Kelantan
19 Geomatika University College upgraded in in 2013 Kuala Lumpur
20 Islamic Unversity College of Perlis (KUIPs) established in 2014 Perlis
21 University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) established in 2014 Sabah
22 Kolej Universiti Agrosains Malaysia established in 2014 Melaka
23 Kolej Universiti Islam Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah established in 2015 Pahang
24 Kolej Universiti Poly-Tech MARA upgraded in 2015 Kuala Lumpur
25 KDU University College upgraded in 2015 Penang
26 First City University College upgraded in 2015 Selangor
27 New Era University College upgraded in 2016 Selangor
28 Fairview University College established in 2017 Selangor
29 International University College of Technology Twintech (IUCTT) upgraded in 2003 Kuala Lumpur / Kelantan
30 Saito University College upgraded in 2017 Selangor
31 Han Chiang University College of Communication upgraded in 2017 Penang
32 Genovasi University College established in 2017 Selangor
33 PICOMS International University College upgraded in 2018 Kuala Lumpur
34 University College of Yayasan Pahang upgraded in 2018 Pahang

10 Foreign University Branch Campuses in Malaysia

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 Kuala Lumpur / Selangor 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
9 Xiamen University Malaysia Campus, established in 2015 Sepang, Selangor China
10 Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland And University College Dublin Malaysia Campus, established in 2018 Penang Ireland

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