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AIMST University has the distinction of being the first private university to be established in Kedah Darul Aman, and is a prestigious science and technology tertiary institution in the making that has strong research links with overseas universities and one that is poised to play an important role in spearheading the State's 2010 Vision. The University, which is committed to providing equal opportunities, is the brainchild of YB Dato' Seri S. Samy Vellu, the former Hon. Minister of Works and the former President of MIC, whose passion and unceasing commitment to give the Indian community and the nation at large, world-class degree programmes at truly affordable rates has won the hearts of all Malaysians.

The University which started operations barely ten years ago is already offering full-fledged undergraduate programmes in the areas of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Engineering, Biotechnology, Management Information Systems, Business & Marketing, Finance & Management as well as postgraduate programmes such as MSc Biotechnology, Human Anatomy, Medical Physiology, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology, Master of Business Administration (Health Care Management) and PhD in Biotechnology. In addition to this, the university also offers diploma programmes in physiotherapy, nursing and electrical and electronic engineering along with foundation programmes in science and business to give value-added options and opportunities to students The University boasts of enviable start-up facilities for its various courses and excellent student amenities, including accommodation, counseling services, a Student Health Clinic, gym and other sporting and recreational facilities.

Why Study at AIMST


AIMST offers several comparative advantages that continue to attract and inspire its students, both locally and overseas. Among these are :

  • A highly-professional faculty with strong research base and conversant with the needs of students as the creative workforce in a technologically fast- changing world has been hand-picked to deliver our degree programmes.
  • Low student to staff ratio provides a conducive learning and teaching environment with maximum interaction.
  • AIMST works closely with prestigious universities both locally and overseas in the design of course curricula and quality control systems.
  • AIMST prides itself in being relevant and modern - we are always upgrading our courses and syllabus to meet the changing needs of the industry.
  • Modern laboratories with state-of-the-art teaching and research equipment.
  • AIMST degree programmes in the science, engineering and IT fields incorporate valuable work experience in top-class companies not just in Kedah but also throughout the country, and optionally, overseas.
  • AIMST offers complementary taught modules on techno-preneurship, critical thinking, advanced English language skills, computer literacy, along with a host of personal enrichment courses which give all our programmes a distinct marketable appeal.
  • AIMST strongly believes that research and high quality teaching are inextricably bound together and that this ethos should underpin all its courses.
  • AIMST provides student services on a 24 hour basis.
  • AIMST offers guaranteed accommodation for all students at the lowest rates in the country.

AIMST is a private university offering programmes in the fields of medicine and health sciences, applied sciences, engineering, and business. The curricula for most of its degree programmes are drawn from prestigious overseas universities including the University of Bristol, UK.

In addition to the degree programmes, AIMST also offers foundation programmes in science and business. Students who have completed their SPM or have equivalent qualifications can enrol in the foundation programmes before proceeding to degree studies. AIMST degree programmes, which are conducted in English, are also open to international students.We welcome a multiethnic and multinational student population that will enrich student campus life and foster a vibrant academic environment at AIMST.

Academic Strengths


Presently, AIMST has the distinction of being the first technical university in Kedah and the first among the private sector universities in the country that has included several branches of science among its taught disciplines. This strongly reflects the University's philosophy that future technology is based on today's science, and that without the support of science, technology cannot be fully exploited. The University takes pride in its full fledged undergraduate and postgraduate, diploma and foundation courses.

AIMST strongly believes that high quality research and teaching are inextricably bound together and that this ethos should underpin all of its postgraduate course offerings. Students enrolled for the postgraduate courses, irrespective of whether they are following taught or research programmes, will come into contact with high profile experts in their fields. The option to follow a part-time course of study will only be limited to selected postgraduate diploma programmes. All other courses conducted by the University are on a full-time basis.

To strengthen interaction between AIMST staff and professionals in the industry, commerce and the public sector, as well as to ensure that research and consultancy work in the University are in niche areas that can also benefit from the latest insights, three specialist centres will be immediately established. They are the Centre for Postgraduate Medical Education and Health Services, the Advanced Technology Centre, and the Bioinformatics Centre. Support staff for these Centres will be drawn from the Faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences; Engineering and Computer Technology, and Applied Sciences.

The University fully subscribes to the tenets of the K-economy, asserting that knowledge is the key contributor to economic growth and wealth creation as well as the basis of comparative advantage in the dawning era of globalisation. Towards this end, the university pledges to continue its efforts of attracting top quality tenured and associate staff both locally and overseas from time to time to conduct and develop its teaching and research programmes. It will also in the course of its development, forge strategic links with a number of regional and international centres of excellence as well as with the industry at large in promoting the identification and delivery of competitive programmes.

Programme Outline

Diploma Programmes (MQA Accredited)

  • Diploma in Physiotherapy (3 yrs)
  • Diploma in Electrical and Electronics (2½ yrs

Undergraduate Programmes (MQA Accredited)

  • MBBS - (5 yrs)
  • B.Dental Surgery (5 yrs)
  • B.Pharmacy (Hons) (4 yrs)
  • BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology (3 yrs)
  • BEng. (Hons) in Electrical & Electronics (4 yrs)
  • BSc. (Hons) in Business & Marketing (3½ yrs)
  • BSc. (Hons) in Finance & Management (3½ yrs)
  • BSc. (Hons) in Management Information Systems (3½ yrs

Postgraduate Programmes (MQA Accredited)

  • MSc. Biotechnology
  • MSc. Human Anatomy
  • MSc. Medical Physiology
  • MSc, Medical Biochemistry
  • MSc. Medical Microbiology
  • Master of Business Administration (Healthcare Management)
  • PhD Biotechnolog

Foundation Studies (MQA Accredited)

  • Foundation Studies (Science) (1yr)
  • Foundation Studies (Business) (1yr)

Student Support Services & Student Development Activities

Financial Aid
The University assists in obtaining financial aid for students through a number of agencies. Degree students are eligible to apply for the PTPTN loan through our Student Affairs Division (applicable for Malaysian students only). Loans from commercial banks are also available.

Student Counselling and Support Services
The on-campus counselling service aims to contribute to the welfare and well-being of the student population. Our professionally trained Student Counsellors provide individuals and groups counseling, career services and disability support.

Student Affairs
The Student Affairs Division is responsible for catering to the needs and welfare of students and covers all aspects related to student development. It oversees the development and management of student activities via societies and clubs and through events such as sports, cultural and debating activities.

The AIMST Student Health Clinic has been set up to provide routine medical care for students and staff alike.

Student Activities & Recreation

At AIMST we encourage students to not only excel academically but also to actively involve themselves in extra-curricular activities. The Main Campus allows students to do just that. The Sports complex comprises an international standard track and field, an indoor stadium complete with badminton courts, squash courts, both indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a gym plus an olimpic-sized swimming pool.

Prayer Rooms
Two large functionally designed prayer rooms, one for men and the other for women, are available for Muslim staff and students to perform their religious obligations.

International Students Office
Our International Student Office provides several services for overseas students, some of which are visa processing, arranging student permits, counselling and advice on financial aid resources.

The AIMST Cafeteria provides catering for staff and students. Our cafeteria serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian halal food and we have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, which includes both local and western cuisine. The cafeteria is also equipped with modern, comfortable seating areas, vending machines and a student shops providing various quick snacks and light refreshments. An Automated Teller Machine (ATM) is also available at the cafeteria for the convenience of students and staff population on campus.

The Student Residence located within our Main Campus at Semeling is ideally suited to cater to the students, basic everyday needs. Each apartment consists of 3 bedrooms, a living room, a kitchenette and ample bath facilities. These apartments range from 4 students to a room, 3 students to a room, 2 students to a room and single occupancy rooms. Laundry and transport services are also available. A mini-market, an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) and a hair saloon is also available for the convenience of students and staff. Health and safety concerns of hostellers are ensured through the services of well-trained security / wardens.

Contact Details

AIMST University

Semeling Campus, Batu 3 1/2, Bukit Air Nasi
Jalan Bedong-Semeling
08100 Bedong

Type: Private University & University College

Tel: 604-429 8000
Fax: 604-429 8007
Website: http://www.aimst.edu.my

Student Views

Anand Menon, India

Matriculation, 1 year

AIMST provides quality education for all students including the international students. It has good lectures as well as a good management and administration. Being in AIMST has helped me to lead an independent life which helps me to build a better personality. I can see myself having a better prospect in my career as an AIMST student.

Chanella Fernando, Sri Lanka

Medicine, 2004 - 2009

If you’re looking to be at the pinnacle of excitement and challenge, the AIMST is the place to be. AIMST offers a variety of courses, however coming from the School of Medicine I must say that the AIMST Medical Curriculum is excellent! It challenges & excites you every single day! At AIMST you will receive an excellent Foundation not just for your Career but for your life!

Eman Ahmed Adam, Saudi Arabia

Bachelor in Business & Management, 3 Years

The first day I stepped into the gates of the university, I felt it was a magnificent place to spend the next few years of my life! During registration, I managed to meet some of the staff who were quite busy. I saw them smile but I thought they were a little strict as I could not get the room mate that I wanted! Nevertheless, they promised to make some adjustments after a day or two. My Foundation School lecturers were excellent. I really started enjoying my classes and I am learning! Thank God I have some nice friends whom I have discussions with daily and that helps a lot! There is an AIMST International Students Association which helps me to be in touch with the rest of the international students here.

Eman Ahmed Adam, Somalia

Finance and Management, 3 years

Coming to Malaysia is a whole new experience for me, and being at AIMST is one of the best experiences I have ever had. Life at AIMST is pleasant and conducive. The campus offers a unique and comfortable atmosphere, which encourages students and lecturers to interact freely. The great thing about AIMST is that, as a student, you are not restricted to one particular area of study. This is because AIMST offers a wide range of quality courses. It creates the opportunity for students to attain excellent education.

Being an international student at AIMST, it is fascinating to see how people from different background and culture are lined together in a peaceful and harmonious environment. Indeed, I have certainly made the SMARTEST choice!

Farisha, Singapore

MBBS, 5 Years

My first impression of AIMST when I walked in was, “ Waah! This place is really nice and new!” Registration Day was crowded, noisy and some people were disgruntled but not everyone can be satisfied! The people in charge were friendly, smiling and helpful. Well, that day I did not really feel homesick! My worries of horrifying roommates were really unnecessary. I got a room for three with roommates of different race and religions but we got along well.

It was as if we had known each other for years and not just hours! They were friendly, helpful and caring. The hostel was beyond my expectations- it were clean, spacious and comfortable. The seniors were friendly and helpful too. I am starting to love being here at AIMST with a new environment and new friends. This is a new beginning for me and I am looking forward to a great future.

Hussein Kassamjee, Kenya

Foundation, 3 years

I come from the scenic country of Kenya. My experience from the moment I landed at KLIA until I reached AIMST, which is located in Sungai Petani has been just awesome. The warm welcome I received on arrival at AIMST was enough to convince my conscience that I made the right choice. My educational experiences have been very exciting. The friendly nature of the locals here just makes the whole experience more enjoyable. So if you are looking for a multicultural and memorable experience, then AIMST is the venue.

M. Branavan, Sri Lanka

B.Sc. (Hons) Biotechnology, 3 years

Malaysia is a peaceful and beautiful country. This country provides a good environment to study, and offers opportunity to choose my career. AIMST offered the chance for me to start my career in Biotechnology. I find that this is the right place to start my career. Pleasant people, the library and study area provides the ideal study environment. Hostels are furnished according to student’s requirement. AIMST provides all the facilities with very low fees. Unique study programme prepares me well to face the cutting edge nature of biotech today.

Rajiv Vijaykant Patel, United Kingdom

MBBS, 5 years

Malaysia is an exciting, vibrant, diverse and friendly place.
Any reservation I had about studying here immediately
vanished once I arrived and met the people here. I was helped
throughout everything until I had my feet on the ground, after
which I was allowed to be independent. I study with amazingly
bright, funny and kind Malaysian students. I can honestly say I
have no regrets about choosing AIMST.

Usman Aslam, Pakistan

B.Sc. (Hons) Biotechnology, 3 years

As far as quality of education is concern ‘ AIMST ‘ is the best place for me to be a future biotechnologist but the very best thing is only education is not enough you also need to learn  leadership qualities , characterized building and a better way to live in life as a better personality which you  get in  AIMST. As an International Student in Malaysia AIMST is my home and AIMST is my family.

Yasser Gendoo, Mauritius

Foundation, 1 year (2006 – 2007)

Malaysia is a peaceful and beautiful country which makes it ideal for studying. The time I spent here in AIMST has been full of memorable experiences, thanks to AIMST’s friendly community along with quality education and high teaching standards.

Despite being a foreign student, I feel comfortable studying here and look forward to many more great and memorable experiences.