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Top 10 Universities in Malaysia

Who says Malaysia is just for holidaying? It is now also an extremely popular Indian student destination... check out their top 10 unis to believe us!

Kavitha Vijeyavelan | 28 Dec 2012 | Updated on 01 Apr 2016 | 4.7K Views

Universiti Putra Malaysia stands in the 4th position among Malaysian Universities and 76th globally as per QS Asian Rankings. It is it’s leading research University and has its main campus in Serdang.

Not only is Malaysia Southeast Asia’s top holiday destination, it has also become a top study destination. Malaysia recently has been investing big-time in transforming itself into the most happening destination for international students. Malaysia houses over 90,000 international students from around 100 nations.

Here’s a look at the universities that have made it to the top ten this time around. 


1.UM Universiti Malaya 

Universiti Malaya (UM) tops the list, ranking 1st in Malaysia and 35th internationally.  Having been founded in 1949, UM is the oldest university in Malaysia. It is a public research university and has become an autonomous university as of 2012. It has a total number of 3,540 international students and 486 international faculty members. The University has 69.4% of employment for its graduated for undergraduate programs, according to Tracer Study 2008. 

2.Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) ranks 2nd nationally and 58th internationally, according to QS Asian Rankings 2012. The University has 13 faculties and 16 research centres. In the year 2006, UKM was appointed as one of the four research universities of Malaysia due to its excellent record in research for 40 years. Since its inception, UKM has produced 146,362 graduates, out of which 2,937 are international students from 42 countries.

3.Universiti Sains Malaysia 

Universiti Sains Malaysia, well known nationally and internationally, ranks third in Malaysia and 63rd globally as per QS Asian Rankings 2012.It was the second university to be established in Malaysia and is one of the biggest universities in Malaysia as per student enrollments. It offers academic programmes of study to nearly 20,000 students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  It is one of the four Higher Institutions of Learning that are recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education, to be a research intensive university. 

4.Universiti Putra Malaysia 

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) stands in the fourth position among Malaysian universities and 76th globally as per QS Asian Rankings. It is Malaysia’s leading research university and has its main campus in Serdang. UPM has 9 institutes, 16 centres, 2 schools, and 1 academy. It offers 83 study programmes through 16 faculties at various levels from diplomas through to PhD programmes. 

5.International Islamic University Malaysia

Holding the fifth rank among Malaysian Universities (IIUM) as per QS Asian Rankings is International Islamic University Malaysia and 153rd globally. It is a public university and has produced, since its inception in 1987, a total of 60,785 graduates, out of which 7,530 are international students. It has 13 faculties and offers courses in bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD levels. 

6.Universiti Malaysia Sarawak 

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) has been ranked sixth among Malaysian universities and 170th globally. UNIMAS is the nation’s eighth university and an ISO-certified university. It has won the “Premiere Information Technology Award” from the Malaysian Government and the Industry Innovators Award for System Development and Application from SSPI, Satellite Professionals International. Its academic programmes are accredited by MQA (Malaysian Qualifications Agency), some by IEM (Institute of Engineers Malaysia), Malaysian Optical Council, Malaysia Nursing Board, and so on. 

7.Multimedia University

Multimedia University (MMU) is a tertiary education provider and is the first private university in Malaysia. It has campuses in Cyberjaya and Melaka and has grown to over 20,000 students in 15 years from its inception, out of which 4,200 are international students from 77 countries. It majorly focuses on research and development and has 13 research centres covering niche areas such as biometrics, microsystems, nanotechnology, advance robotics, and such. MMU has till date produced 30,523 graduates and according to a recent survey, 91% of MMU graduates get employed within a time frame of six months from graduation.

 8.Universiti Teknologi MARA

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) ranks eighth among Malaysian Universities and 240th globally as per QS Asian Rankings. UiTM offers over 300 programmes and has campuses throughout Malaysia in 15 branches, three satellite campuses, and nine city campuses and a total of 21 affiliated colleges. UiTM is reputed for being one of Malaysia’s innovative and entrepreneurial universities and has numerous links with many industrial sectors. 

 9.Universiti Teknologi Petronas

Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) ranks ninth among Malaysian Universities and 241st globally as per QS Asian Rankings. UTP offers an ideal setting for students to study in, with its beautiful location among a peaceful environment with open spaces, lakes, and serene surroundings. UTP is completely owned by Petronas, the national Malaysian Oil Company. It offers industry relevant programs in engineering and technology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and focuses strongly on research and development.

10.Limkokwing University of Creative Technology

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology has over 9,500 students from around 145 countries, offering its students a multicultural environment. Other than its campus in Malaysia at Cyberjaya, it has campuses spread across three continents in 12 campuses, precisely across Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lesotho, Botswana, and Lesotho. The University believes in keeping itself relevant to meet current market demands. Limkokwing University of Creative Technology ranks in the tenth place among Malaysian Universities as per QS Asian Rankings and in the 272nd place globally. 
Have a look at the global QS Asian Rankings here. Now all you need to do is make the right pick and start with those applications as soon as you can! 
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