Malaysia’s Best Universities and Colleges 2023

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Nearly half a million Malaysians are enrolled in higher education at more than 590 institutions. Choosing from so many colleges and institutions might be overwhelming.

Let us help you go through all of the many sorts of colleges and universities available to you and help you decide which one is best for you.


Public Universities

In contrast to private universities, for public universities, the government covers most of the operating costs while students still pay their tuition fees. With tens of thousands of students enrolled, these institutions are far larger.

In Malaysia, there are total of 20 public universities:

Private Universities and Colleges

Students pay their own tuition at these schools and institutions, which are not financed by the government. The fees for private colleges and universities may be greater than those for state institutions.

In the private sector, there are three kinds of institutions:

  1. Universities. It is possible to earn both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from them.
  2. University Colleges Generally speaking, they don’t have full university status and are generally affiliated with a larger institution; their primary focus is on pre- and diploma-level education. They are able to provide degrees in specific areas of study.
  3. Colleges. They offer diploma and pre-university programmes. Besides, they also provide degree programmes, including twinning programmes, through local or overseas universities.

Foreign Universities

As private institutions, foreign universities in Malaysia are also able to collaborate with Malaysian counterparts in the country. These schools offer Malaysian students the opportunity to earn an international credential without having to leave the country.

There are currently 11 Foreign Branch Campuses in Malaysia, with more than 100,000 international students from throughout the world.

  • Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Sarawak
  • Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, Putrajaya
  • Curtin University, Sarawak
  • Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia, Johor
  • Monash University Malaysia, Selangor
  • University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Selangor
  • University of Southampton Malaysia Campus, Johor
  • Xiamen University Malaysia Campus, Selangor
  • Raffles University Iskandar, Johor
  • University of Reading Malaysia
  • RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus

Malaysia’s Best Educational Institutions

It is becoming more and more common for Malaysia to have some of the best colleges and institutions in the world. The majority of them have received national and international recognition. This list of the world’s best universities was compiled using the QS World University Rankings and the Malaysian grading system, SETARA.

Top Malaysian universities according to the QS World University Rankings 2021


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