List of universities in Malaysia

This is a list of universities in Malaysia. Universities in Malaysia are generally categorised as public and private universities.[1][2] 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[3]). Other institutions of higher education which do not have the authority to confer their degrees are listed in a separate article. There might be some duplication in both lists as some institutions provide both bodies regulate accredited training and education in multiple sectors.

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[4] is used, barring which the most common usage is provided.

Public universities and polytechnics

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,[5][6][7] the other public universities in Malaysia were created by executive order as per the provisions of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 [Act 30] (online version as at 1 August 2012). 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.

For Polytechnics in Malaysia, it provides courses for bachelor's degree, Advanced Diploma, Diploma and Special Skills Certificate.


Name in English Name in Malay Acronym Foundation Status[8] Location Link
University of Malaya Universiti Malaya[9] UM 1905 (As King Edward VII College of Medicine) 1949 (University of Malaya) 1962 (University of Malaya) Research University Kuala Lumpur
University of Science Malaysia Universiti Sains Malaysia[10] USM 1969 Research University George Town, Penang (Main)

Nibong Tebal, Penang (Engineering)

Kubang Kerian, Kelantan (Medicine)

National University of Malaysia Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia[11] UKM 1970 Research University Bangi, Selangor (Main) Cheras, Kuala Lumpur (Medicine)
International Islamic University Malaysia Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia[12] IIUM 1983 International University Gombak, Selangor
University of Malaysia Kelantan Universiti Malaysia Kelantan UMK 2007 Focused University (Entrepreneurship) Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan

Jeli, Kelantan Bachok, Kelantan

University of Malaysia Pahang Universiti Malaysia Pahang[13] UMP 2002 (as UTEC) Technical University Pekan, Pahang
University of Malaysia Perlis Universiti Malaysia Perlis[14] UniMAP 2001 (as KUKUM) Technical University Arau, Perlis
University of Malaysia Sabah Universiti Malaysia Sabah[15] UMS 1994 Comprehensive University Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
University of Malaysia Sarawak Universiti Malaysia Sarawak[16] UNIMAS 1992 Comprehensive University Kota Samarahan, Sarawak
University of Malaysia Terengganu Universiti Malaysia Terengganu[17] UMT 1996 (as UPM Terengganu) Focused University (Science and Technology) Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Sultan Idris Education University Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris[18] UPSI 1922 (as MPSI) Focused University (Education) Tanjung Malim, Perak
National Defence University of Malaysia Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia[19] UPNM 1995 (as ATMA) Focused University (Military) Kuala Lumpur
University of Putra Malaysia Universiti Putra Malaysia[20] UPM 1931 (as School of Agriculture) Research University Serdang, Selangor (main campus) Bintulu, Sarawak (branch campus)
Islamic Science University of Malaysia Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia[21] USIM 1997 (as KUIM) Islamic University Nilai, Negeri Sembilan
Sultan Zainal Abidin University Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin[22] UniSZA 1980 (as KUSZA) Islamic University Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Technical University of Malaysia Malacca Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka[23] UTeM 2000 (as KUTKM) Technical University Durian Tunggal, Malacca
University of Technology Malaysia Universiti Teknologi Malaysia[24] UTM 1904 (as Treacher Technical School) Research University Skudai, Johor

Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur

MARA University of Technology Universiti Teknologi MARA[25] UiTM 1956 (as RIDA Training Centre) Comprehensive University Shah Alam, Selangor
Tun Hussein Onn University of Malaysia Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia[26] UTHM 1993 (as Pusat Latihan Staf Politeknik) Technical University Batu Pahat, Johor
Northern University of Malaysia Universiti Utara Malaysia[27] UUM 1984 Focused University (Management) Sintok, Kedah (Main)

Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur (Postgraduate)


Name in Malay Acronym Foundation Type Location Link
Politeknik Ungku Omar PUO 1969 Premier Polytechnic (University Status) Ipoh, Perak
Politeknik Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah POLISAS 1976 Conventional Polytechnic Kuantan, Pahang
Politeknik Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah POLIMAS 1984 Conventional Polytechnic Bandar Darul Aman, Kedah
Politeknik Kota Bharu PKB 1985 Conventional Polytechnic Ketereh, Kelantan
Politeknik Kuching Sarawak PKS 1987 Conventional Polytechnic Kuching, Sarawak
Politeknik Port Dickson PPD 1990 Conventional Polytechnic Si Rusa, Negeri Sembilan
Politeknik Kota Kinabalu PKK 1996 Conventional Polytechnic Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah PSA 1997 Premier Polytechnic (University Status) Shah Alam, Selangor
Politeknik Ibrahim Sultan PIS 1998 Premier Polytechnic (University Status) Pasir Gudang, Johor
Politeknik Seberang Perai PSP 1998 Conventional Polytechnic Seberang Perai, Penang
Politeknik Melaka PMK 1999 Conventional Polytechnic Malacca
Politeknik Kuala Terengganu PKKT 1999 Conventional Polytechnic Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Politeknik Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin PSMZA 2001 Conventional Polytechnic Dungun, Terengganu
Politeknik Merlimau PMM 2002 Conventional Polytechnic Merlimau, Malacca
Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah PSAS 2002 Conventional Polytechnic Behrang, Perak
Politeknik Tuanku Sultanah Bahiyah PTSB 2002 Conventional Polytechnic Kulim, Kedah
Politeknik Sultan Idris Shah PSIS 2003 Conventional Polytechnic Sungai Air Tawar, Selangor
Politeknik Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin PTSS 2003 Conventional Polytechnic Ulu Pauh, Perlis
Politeknik Muadzam Shah PMS 2003 Conventional Polytechnic Bandar Muadzam Shah, Pahang
Politeknik Mukah Sarawak PMU 2004 Conventional Polytechnic Mukah, Sarawak
Politeknik Balik Pulau PBU 2007 Conventional Polytechnic George Town, Penang
Politeknik Jeli PJK 2007 Conventional Polytechnic Jeli, Kelantan
Politeknik Nilai PNS 2007 Conventional Polytechnic Negeri Sembilan
Politeknik Banting PBS 2007 Conventional Polytechnic Kuala Langat, Selangor
Politeknik Mersing PMJ 2008 Conventional Polytechnic Mersing, Johor
Politeknik Hulu Terengganu PHT 2008 Conventional Polytechnic Kuala Berang, Terengganu
Politeknik Sandakan PSS 2009 Conventional Polytechnic Sandakan, Sabah
Politeknik METrO Kuala Lumpur PMKL 2011 METrO Polytechnic Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur
Politeknik METrO Kuantan PMKU 2011 METrO Polytechnic Kuantan, Pahang
Politeknik METrO Johor Bahru PMJB 2011 METrO Polytechnic Johor Bahru, Johor
Politeknik METrO Betong PMBS 2012 METrO Polytechnic Betong, Sarawak
Politeknik METrO Tasek Gelugor PMTG 2012 METrO Polytechnic Seberang Perai, Penang
Politeknik Tun Syed Nasir Syed Ismail PTSN 2013 Conventional Polytechnic Muar, Johor

Private universities and university colleges

The establishment of private universities and university colleges were made possible with the passage of the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996 [Act 555] (Online version as at 1 December 2015). Before 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.


Name in English Name in Malay Acronym Foundation Location Link
Al-Madinah International University Universiti Antarabangsa Al-Madinah MEDIU 2006 Shah Alam
Asia e University Universiti Asia e AeU 2007 Jalan Sultan Sulaiman
Asia Metropolitan University Universiti Metropolitan Asia AMU 1997 Cheras
Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation Universiti Teknologi & Inovasi Asia Pasifik APU 1993 Bukit Jalil
Binary University Universiti Binary Binary 1984 Puchong
City University Universiti City CityU 1984 Petaling Jaya
Curtin University, Malaysia Universiti Curtin Malaysia Curtin 1999 Miri
DRB-HICOM University of Automotive Malaysia Universti Automotif DRB-HICOM Malaysia DRB-HICOM U - Pekan
GlobalNxt University[28] Universiti GlobalNxt GNU 2012 Kuala Lumpur
Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Universiti Heriot-Watt Malaysia HWUM 2013 Putrajaya
Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur[29] Universiti Infrastruktur Kuala Lumpur IUKL 1973 Kajang
International Medical University[30] Universiti Perubatan Antarabangsa IMU 1992 Bukit Jalil
INTI International University[31] Universiti Antarabangsa INTI INTI 1986 Nilai
Subang Jaya
Kuala Lumpur
George Town
Limkokwing University of Creative Technology[32] Universiti Teknologi Kreatif Limkokwing Limkokwing 1992 Cyberjaya
MAHSA University Universiti MAHSA MAHSA 2005 Petaling Jaya

Pusat Bandar Damansara

Malaysia University of Science and Technology Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia MUST 2000 Petaling Jaya
Management & Science University[33] Universiti Sains & Pengurusan MSU 2001 Shah Alam
Kota Bharu
George Town
Kota Kinabalu
Sungai Petani
Kuala Terengganu
Johor Bahru
Manipal International University Universiti Antarabangsa Manipal MIU 2011 Nilai
Monash University Malaysia Universiti Monash Malaysia Monash 1998 Subang Jaya
Multimedia University[34] Universiti Multimedia MMU 1994 Cyberjaya
Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia Universiti Perubatan Newcastle Malaysia NUMed 2009 Johor Bahru
Nilai University Universiti Nilai Nilai U 1997 Nilai
Open University Malaysia Universiti Terbuka Malaysia OUM 2000 Jalan Tun Ismail
Perdana University Universiti Perdana PU 2011 Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur
Quest International University Perak Universiti Antarabangsa Quest Perak QIUP 2008 Ipoh
Raffles University Iskandar Universiti Raffles Iskandar RUI 2012 Johor Bahru
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Dublin Malaysia Campus Royal College of Surgeons di Ireland dan Kolej Universiti Dublin Kampus Malaysia RUMC 1996 George Town
SEGi University[35] Universiti SEGi SEGi 1977 Kota Damansara
Subang Jaya
Kuala Lumpur
George Town
Segamat University OF Science & Engineering Universiti Sains dan Kejuruteraan Segamat SUSE 2010 Segamat
Sunway University[36] Universiti Sunway Sun-U 1987 Subang Jaya
Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus Universiti Teknologi Swinburne Kampus Sarawak Swinburne 2000 Kuching
Taylor's University[37] Universiti Taylor's Taylor's 1969 Subang Jaya
Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology Universiti Pengurusan and Teknologi Tunku Abdul Rahman TARUMT 1969 Setapak
Tanjung Bungah
Kota Kinabalu
Tun Abdul Razak University Universiti Tun Abdul Razak UNIRAZAK 1998 Petaling Jaya
UCSI University[38] Universiti UCSI UCSI 1986 Cheras
Kuala Terengganu
UNITAR International University Universiti Antarabangsa UNITAR UNITAR 2011 Petaling Jaya
Islamic University of Malaysia Universiti Islam Malaysia UIM 1955 Cyberjaya
University of Kuala Lumpur[39] Universiti Kuala Lumpur UniKL 2002 Jalan Sultan Ismail
University of Selangor Universiti Selangor UNISEL 1999 Bestari Jaya
Shah Alam
University Technology of Sarawak[40] Universiti Teknologi Sarawak UTS 2013 Sibu
Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah International Islamic University Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah UniSHAMS 1995 Kuala Ketil
Sultan Azlan Shah University Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah USAS 1999 Kuala Kangsar
Petronas University of Technology Universiti Teknologi Petronas UTP 1995 Tronoh
National Energy University Universiti Tenaga Nasional UNITEN 1976 Putrajaya
University Tunku Abdul Rahman Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman UTAR 2002 Kampar
Sungai Long
University Malaysia of Computer Science & Engineering Universiti Malaysia Sains Komputer & Kejuruteraan UniMy 2013 Cyberjaya
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus Universiti Nottingham Kampus Malaysia UNMC 2000 Semenyih
University of Reading Malaysia Campus Universiti Reading Kampus Malaysia UoRM 2013 Johor Bahru
University of Southampton Malaysia Campus Universiti Southampton Kampus Malaysia USMC 2012 Johor Bahru
Wawasan Open University Universiti Terbuka Wawasan WOU 2006 George Town
Xiamen University Malaysia Universiti Xiamen Malaysia XMUMC 2015 Salak Tinggi

University Colleges

Name in English Name in Malay Acronym Foundation Location Link
University College TATI Kolej Universiti TATI UC TATI 1993 Terengganu
Berjaya University College Kolej Universiti Berjaya BERJAYA UC 2009 Pudu
Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences Kolej Universiti Sains Perubatan Cyberjaya CUCMS 2005 Cyberjaya
First City University College Kolej Universiti Bandar Utama First City UC 1990 Bandar Utama
Han Chiang University College of Communication[41] Kolej Universiti Komunikasi Han Chiang Han Chiang UC 1999 George Town
Saito University College[42] Kolej Universiti Saito SAITO UC 1988 Petaling Jaya
UOW Malaysia KDU Kolej Universiti UOW Malaysia KDU KDU 1983 Shah Alam
Damansara Jaya
George Town
Batu Kawan
International Islamic University College Selangor Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor KUIS 1995 Bangi
University College of Islam Melaka Kolej Universiti Islam Melaka KUIM 1994 Malacca
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College Kolej Universiti Metropolitan Kuala Lumpur KLMUC 1991 Jalan Raja Laut
Lincoln University College Kolej Universiti Lincoln LUC 2002 Petaling Jaya
Linton University College Kolej Universiti Linton LINTON 1995 Mantin
New Era University College[43] Kolej Universiti New Era NEUC 1997 Kajang
Southern University College[44] Kolej Universiti Southern Southern UC 1990 Skudai
Twintech International University College of Technology[45] Kolej Universiti Teknologi Antarabangsa Twintech Twintech 1994 Bandar Sri Damansara
Kota Bharu
Widad University College Kolej Universiti Widad Widad UC 1997 Kuantan
University College Sabah Foundation[46] Kolej Universiti Yayasan Sabah UCSF 2014 Kota Kinabalu

See also


  1. "Public Universities in Malaysia" -
  2. "Private Universities in Malaysia" -
  3. Attorney General's Chambers: Education Act 1996 [Act 550]
  4. Association of Commonwealth Universities: ACU members
  5. Attorney General's Chambers: University Of Malaya Act 1961 [Act 682] (Online version as at 1 May 2013)
  6. Attorney General's Chambers: Degrees and Diploma Acts 1962 [Act 379] (online version as at 1 December 2011)
  7. Attorney General's Chambers: Universiti Teknologi MARA Act 1976 [Act 173]
  8. "Portal Rasmi Bahagian Kemasukan Pelajar IPTA - SENARAI INSTITUSI/AGENSI". Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  9. "Our History". UM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  10. "USM Profile". USM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  11. "FAQS". UKM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  12. "History of the Founding of the IIUM" Archived 8 February 2017 at the Wayback Machine. IIUM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  13. "About Us". UMP Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  14. "Background". UniMAP Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  15. "When was UMS established?". UMS Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  16. "Background". UNIMAS Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  17. "History of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu". UMT Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  18. "UPSI's History". UPSI Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  19. "Background" Archived 4 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine. UPNM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  20. "The Story Behind UPM" Archived 8 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine. UPM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  21. "Our History". USIM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  22. "History". UniSZA Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  23. "FAQs" Archived 2 February 2017 at the Wayback Machine. UTeM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  24. "Brief History of UTM" Archived 10 August 2015 at the Wayback Machine. UTM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  25. "Historical Development". UiTM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  26. Originally established as Pusat Latihan Staf Politeknik (Polytechnic Staff Training Centre) "Establishment History of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia" Archived 5 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine. UTHM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  27. "About UUM" Archived 1 January 2017 at the Wayback Machine. UUM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  28. Originally established as Global-e-University in 2012
  29. Originally established as the Public Works Department Training Centre
  30. Originally established as the International Medical College
  31. Originally established as INTI College Malaysia
  32. Originally established as the Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology
  33. Originally established as Kolej Universiti Teknologi dan Pengurusan Malaysia (University College of Technology and Management, Malaysia) Archived 15 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  34. "Originally established as the Institute of Telecommunication and Information Technology". Archived from the original on 24 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  35. "Originally established as Systematic College". Archived from the original on 3 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  36. Originally established as Sunway College
  37. "Originally established as Taylor's College". Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  38. Originally established as the Canadian Institute of Computer Studies
  39. "The earliest constituent institute is the Malaysian Institute of Information Technology, first established in 1982 as Institut Infotech MARA (MARA Infotech Institute)". Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  40. "UCTS raih status universiti penuh, kini dikenali UTS". (in Malay). 10 November 2021. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
  41. "Originally established as Han Chiang College in 1999". Archived from the original on 17 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  42. "Saito UC History". Saito UC History. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  43. Originally established as New Era College
  44. "Originally established by Chinese Community to provide tertiary education in the area at the year of 1975". Archived from the original on 22 March 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  45. Originally established as the L&G Twintech Institute Of Technology (in Indonesian)
  46. "New Sabah Times". Retrieved 6 April 2017.
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