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List of universities in Malaysia


List of universities in Malaysia

This is a list of universities in Malaysia. Universities in Malaysia are generally categorised as public and private universities. Private universities include locally established universities and campuses of foreign universities.

The list below is classified by the two main categories, sequentially ordered by their locations according to states. For the purpose of this list, institutions of higher education that are authorised to confer their own degrees but do not have the status of universities are included under the sub-classification of university college (including institutions not classified as educational institutions under the Education Act 1996.[1]) Other institutions of higher education which do not have the authority to confer their own degrees are listed in a separate article.

In the case of institutions without official translations of their names in English or common used name by the local media, the translation provided by the Association of Commonwealth Universities[2] is used, barring which the most common usage is provided.


  • Public universities 1
  • Private universities, university colleges and Malaysian campuses of foreign universities 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Public universities

Public universities in Malaysia are funded by the Government and are governed as self-managed institutions. Apart from the University of Malaya and the MARA University of Technology which were established by two separate enabling Acts of Parliament,[3][4] the other public universities in Malaysia were created by executive order as per the provisions of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971. Until recently, the Ministry of Higher Education was responsible for seven institutions bearing the title University College. These have since been upgraded to full universities and there are currently no public university colleges.

Unofficial translation in English Official Name in Malay Acronym Foundation Location Link
University of Technology, Malaysia Universiti Teknologi Malaysia[5] UTM 1975 Skudai, Johor [1]
Tun Hussein Onn University of Malaysia Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia[6] UTHM 2007 Batu Pahat, Johor [2]
Northern University, Malaysia Universiti Utara Malaysia[7] UUM 1984 Sintok, Kedah [3]
University of Malaysia, Kelantan Universiti Malaysia Kelantan[8] UMK 2007 Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan [4]
National Defence University of Malaysia Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia[9] UPNM 2006 Kuala Lumpur [5]
University of Malaya Universiti Malaya[10] UM 1949 Kuala Lumpur [6]
Technical University of Malaysia, Melaka Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka[11] UTeM 2000 Durian Tunggal, Malacca [7]
Islamic Science University of Malaysia Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia[12] USIM 1997 Nilai, Negeri Sembilan [8]
University of Malaysia, Pahang Universiti Malaysia Pahang[13] UMP 2002 Kuantan, Pahang [9]
University of Science, Malaysia Universiti Sains Malaysia[14] USM 1969 Gelugor, Penang [10]
Sultan Idris University of Education Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris[15] UPSI 1997 Tanjung Malim, Perak [11]
University of Malaysia, Perlis Universiti Malaysia Perlis[16] UniMAP 2001 Arau, Perlis [12]
University of Malaysia, Sabah Universiti Malaysia Sabah[17] UMS 1994 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah [13]
University of Malaysia, Sarawak Universiti Malaysia Sarawak[18] UNIMAS 1992 Kota Samarahan, Sarawak [14]
International Islamic University Malaysia Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia[19] IIUM 1983 Gombak, Selangor [15]
National University of Malaysia Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia[20] UKM 1970 Bangi, Selangor [16]
MARA University of Technology Universiti Teknologi MARA[21] UiTM 1956 Shah Alam, Selangor [17]
Putra University, Malaysia Universiti Putra Malaysia[22] UPM 1971 Serdang, Selangor [18]
Sultan Zainal Abidin University Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin[23] UniSZA 2005 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu [19]
University of Malaysia, Terengganu Universiti Malaysia Terengganu[24] UMT 2007 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu [20]

Private universities, university colleges and Malaysian campuses of foreign universities

The establishment of private universities and university colleges were made possible with the passage of the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996. Prior to that, private institutions of higher learning existed but were not authorised to confer their own degrees. Instead, they acted as preparatory institutions for students to undertake courses of instructions in preparation for externally conferred degrees.


  1. ^ Attorney General's Chambers : Education Act 1996
  2. ^ Association of Commonwealth Universities: Member Search Code MY
  3. ^ Attorney General's Chambers: Degrees and Diploma Acts 1962
  4. ^ Attorney General's Chambers: Universiti Teknologi MARA Act 1976
  5. ^ "Brief History of UTM". UTM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  6. ^ Originally established as Pusat Latihan Staf Politeknik (Polytechnic Staff Training Centre) "Establishment History of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia". UTHM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  7. ^ "About UUM". UUM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  8. ^ "About Universiti Malaysia Kelantan". UMK Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Background". UPNM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Our History". UM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Fast Facts about UTeM". UTeM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  12. ^ "History of the Establishment of USIM". USIM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  13. ^ "When did UMP start its operation?". UMP Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  14. ^ "University Profile". USM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  15. ^ "About Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)". UPSI Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Background". UniMAP Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  17. ^ "When was UMS established?". UMS Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Background". UNIMAS Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  19. ^ "What is IIUM?". IIUM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  20. ^ "Overview – UKM At A Glance". UKM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  21. ^ "University Profile". UiTM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  22. ^ "The Story Behind UPM". UPM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  23. ^ "History of UniSZA". UniSZA Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  24. ^ "Brief History of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu". UMT Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  25. ^ Originally established as the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science & Technology [101]
  26. ^ Bedong Medical College Malaysia, established at Bedong, Kedah in 2007 as a non-profit organisation. Its objective is to provide first class education in medical, health and sciences. [102]
  27. ^ Originally established as the Institut Agama Islam Negeri Kedah (Kedah State Islamic Institute) [103]
  28. ^ Originally established as Global-e-University in 2012
  29. ^ Originally established as HELP College
  30. ^ Originally established as the International Medical College
  31. ^ Originally established as the L&G Twintech Institute Of Technology [104] (in Indonesian)
  32. ^ Originally established as the Canadian Institute of Computer Studies
  33. ^ The earliest constituent institute is the Malaysian Institute of Information Technology, first established in 1982 as Institut Infotech MARA (MARA Infotech Institute) [105]
  34. ^ Originally established as INTI College Malaysia
  35. ^ Originally established as the Institute of Technology PETRONAS
  36. ^ [106]
  37. ^ Originally established as the Public Works Department Training Centre
  38. ^ Originally established as the Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology [107]
  39. ^ Originally established as Kolej Universiti Teknologi dan Pengurusan Malaysia (University College of Technology and Management, Malaysia) [108]
  40. ^ Originally established as the Institute of Telecommunication and Information Technology [109]
  41. ^ Originally established as New Era College
  42. ^ Originally established as Systematic College
  43. ^ Originally established as Kolej Islam Selangor Darul Ehsan (Selangor Darul Ehsan Islamic College) [110]
  44. ^ Originally established as Sunway College
  45. ^ Originally established as Taylor's College
  46. ^ Originally established as Institut Latihan Sultan Ahmad Shah (Sultan Ahmad Shah Training Institute) [111]
  47. ^
  48. ^ Originally established as the Terengganu Advanced Technical Institute
  49. ^ Originally established by Chinese Community to provide tertiary education in the area at the year of 1975 [112]

External links

  • Directory of Malaysian Public Universities (MOHE)
  • Directory of Malaysian Private Institutions of Higher Education (MOHE)
  • Public and Private Universities in Malaysia
  • جامعات ماليزيا ومعاهد اللغة في ماليزيا
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