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Higher Educational Institutions in Malaysia

Higher education in Malaysia are provided by these institutions:

  1. Public-funded institutions of higher learning which include public universities, polytechnics, community colleges and institutes of teacher education Malaysia
  2. Private higher educational institutions which include private universities, private university colleges, private colleges and foreign university branch campuses.

Below explains the type of institutions available:

  • Public Universities are fully funded government universities.
  • Polytechnics train school leavers to be skilled technical assistants and technicians in various engineering fields, or junior & middle level executives.
  • Community Colleges are institutions for SPM or SPM(V) school leavers to train, 'reskill' or 'up-skill' themselves.
  • Teacher Training Colleges are responsible in producing teachers under the management of Teacher Education Division in the Ministry of Education.
  • Technical & Vocational Education is an alternative to academic qualifications. It emphasises on hands-on training & skill up.
  • Private Universities & University Colleges are private owned universities, established by financially sound corporations. They can confer the award of Bachelor degrees & other higher qualifications. They also collaborate with reputable foreign universities to jointly award degree qualifications.
  • Foreign University Branch Campuses are the branch campuses of foreign universities located in Malaysia and they award degree qualifications that are identical to that of the host universities (overseas). These institutions make it possible for students to obtain degree qualifications from the branch campus by paying the cost of a Malaysian education (at affordable level).
  • Private Colleges are colleges run by private sector to provide tertiary education to school leavers. Malaysian private colleges are renowned internationally for their long established twinning-degree-programme arrangements with foreign renowned universities. In addition, most of these PHEIs are also providing a most unique education structure, that is, the 3+0 degree programmes. Under this arrangement, students have a choice of pursing the British, American, or Australian programme leading to Bachelor's Degree qualifications, without having to leave Malaysia.

For more information:

The Malaysian Higher Education System - An Overview

Higher Education Courses of Study

Higher Education courses of study in the Malaysian context covers Certificate, Diploma, undergraduate levels as well as postgraduate studies. Undergraduate studies consist of Bachelor's Degree levels and professional qualification while the postgraduate studies consist of the Master's Degree and Ph.D levels.

Higher education at Certificate and Diploma levels are for students from the age of 17 with SPM (which is equivalent to GCSE 'O' level) while the Bachelor's degree level is usually for students from the age of 19/20 onwards with post-secondary qualifications such as the STPM (which is equivalent to GCE 'A' level) or Pre-University / University Foundation qualifications. These degree programmes normally take between 3 to 5 years. After obtaining their Bachelor's degree qualifications students can proceed further to do postgraduate studies.

States in Malaysia

The map below will provide a clearer picture of where each state in Malaysia is located.


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