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

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


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

The following is a list of the polytechnics in Malaysia in order of establishment:-

Official 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 Permatang Pauh, Pulau Pinang
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 Muadzam Shah, Pahang
Politeknik Mukah Sarawak PMU 2004 Conventional Polytechnic Mukah, Sarawak
Politeknik Balik Pulau PBU 2007 Conventional Polytechnic Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang
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 Gelugur TBD 2012 METrO Polytechnic Butterworth, Pulau Pinang TBD
Politeknik Pagoh TBD 2013 Conventional Polytechnic Muar, Johor TBD

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.

Name in English Name in Malay Acronym Foundation Location Link
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Kolej Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman TARC 1969 Karak
Gugusan University Malaysia Gugusan University Malaysia GUM 2010 Kuantan
Widad University College Kolej Universiti Widad WUC 1997 Kuantan
Asia e University Universiti Asia e AeU 2007 Kampung Attap
Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation Universiti Teknologi dan Inovasi Asia Pasifik APU 1993 Bukit Jalil
Asean Metropolitan University Universiti Asian Metropolitan AMU 1997 Cheras
BERJAYA University College of Hospitality Kolej Universiti Hospitaliti BERJAYA BERJAYA UCH 2008 Pudu
GlobalNxt University GlobalNxt University[25] GNU 2012 Kuala Lumpur
HELP University Universiti HELP HELP[26] 1986 Pusat Bandar Damansara
International Medical University Universiti Perubatan Antarabangsa[27] IMU 1992 Bukit Jalil
International University College Of Technology Twintech Kolej Universiti Teknologi Antarabangsa Twintech[28] IUCTT 1994 Bandar Sri Damansara
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College Kolej Universiti Metropolitan Kuala Lumpur KLMU 1991 Jalan Raja Laut & Setapak
Mahsa University Universiti Mahsa MAHSA 2005 Jalan Universiti & Pusat Bandar Damansara
Open University Malaysia Universiti Terbuka Malaysia OUM 2000 Jalan Tun Ismail
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Kolej Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman TARC 1969 Setapak
UCSI University Universiti UCSI[29] UCSI 1986 Cheras
University of Kuala Lumpur Universiti Kuala Lumpur[30] UniKL 2002 Jalan Sultan Ismail
Multimedia University Universiti Multimedia MMU 1996 Melaka
INTI International University Universiti Antarabangsa INTI[31] INTI-IU 1998 Nilai
Manipal International University Universiti Antarabangsa Manipal MIU 2011 Nilai
Nilai University Universiti Nilai NU 1997 Nilai
Linton University College Kolej Universiti Linton UCL 1995 Mantin
Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Universiti Heriot-Watt Kampus Malaysia HWUM 2013 Putrajaya
Universiti Tenaga Nasional Universiti Tenaga Nasional UNITEN 1976 Putrajaya
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Kolej Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman TARC 1969 Tanjung Bungah
Wawasan Open University Universiti Terbuka Wawasan WOU 2006 Penang
Petronas University of Technology Universiti Teknologi Petronas UTP 1995[32] Tronoh
Quest International University Perak Quest International University Perak QIUP 2008[33] Ipoh
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Kolej Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman TARC 1969 Kampar
University Tunku Abdul Rahman Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman UTAR 2002 Kampar
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Kolej Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman TARC 1969 Donggongon
University College of Technology Sarawak Kolej Universiti Teknologi Sarawak UCTS 2013 Sibu
Curtin University Sarawak Universiti Curtin Sarawak Curtin 1999 Miri
Swinburne University of Technology Universiti Teknologi Swinburne Swinburne 2000 Kuching
Al-Madinah International University Universiti Antarabangsa Al-Madinah MEDIU 2006 Shah Alam
Binary University of Management and Entrepreneurship Universiti Pengurusan dan Keusahawanan BUME 1984 Puchong
CITY University College of Science and Technology Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi CITY CITY UC 1984 Petaling Jaya
Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences Kolej Universiti Sains Perubatan Cyberjaya CUCMS 2005 Cyberjaya
INTI International College Subang Subang Kolej Antarabangsa INTI INTI 1998 Subang Jaya
International University College Of Arts and Science Kolej Universiti Antarabangsa seni dan sains IUCAS 2009 Kota Damansara
International University College Of Technology Twintech Kolej Universiti Antarabangsa Teknologi Twintech TWINTECH 1994 Bangi
KDU University College Kolej Universiti KDU KDU 1983 Petaling Jaya
Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur Universiti Infrastruktur Kuala Lumpur[34] IUKL 1973 Kajang
Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Universiti Teknologi Kreatif Limkokwing[35] LUCT 1992 Cyberjaya
Lincoln University College Universiti Lincoln LUC 2002 Petaling Jaya
Malaysia University of Science and Technology Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia MUST 2000 Petaling Jaya
Management and Science University[36] Universiti Sains Dan Pengurusan MSU 2002 Shah Alam
Monash University Universiti Monash MONASH 1998 Subang Jaya
University Malaysia of Computer Science & Engineering Universiti Malaysia Sains Komputer & Kejuruteraan UNIMY 2013 Putrajaya
Multimedia University[37] Universiti Multimedia MMU 1994 Cyberjaya
New Era University College[38] Kolej Universiti New Era NEUC 1997 Kajang
Perdana University Universiti Perdana PU 2011 Serdang
SEGi University[39] Universiti SEGi SEGi 1977 Kota Damansara
Selangor International Islamic University College Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor[40] KUIS 1995 Bangi
Sunway University[41] Universiti Sunway SYUC 1987 Subang Jaya
Taylor's University Universiti Taylor[42] TAYLOR 1969 Subang Jaya
Tunku International University Universiti International Tunku[43] UNITUNKU 2016 Pekan
Tun Abdul Razak University Universiti Tun Abdul Razak UNIRAZAK 1998 Petaling Jaya
UNITAR International University Unitar International University UNITAR 2011 Petaling Jaya
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus Universiti Nottingham Kampus Malaysia UNMC 2000 Semenyih
University of Selangor Universiti Selangor UNISEL 1999 Bestari Jaya
Islamic University of Malaysia Universiti Islam Malaysia UIM 1955 Cyberjaya
University Tunku Abdul Rahman Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman UTAR 2002 Sungai Long
Xiamen University Malaysia Campus Xiamen University Malaysia Campus XMU 2015 Salak Tinggi
Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia Universiti Perubatan Newcastle Malaysia NUMM 2009 Johor Bahru
Southern University College Kolej Universiti Southern [44] SUC 1990 Skudai
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Kolej Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman TARC 1969 Labis
Mersing Malay University College Universiti Kolej Melayu MMUC 2007 Mersing
University of Southampton Malaysia Campus Universiti Southampton Kampus Malaysia USMC 2012 Johor Bahru
Raffles University Iskandar, Malaysia Universiti Raffles Iskandar RUI 2012 Johor Bahru



  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
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  9. "Background". UPNM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  10. "Our History". UM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
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  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.
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  18. "Background". UNIMAS Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  19. "What is IIUM?". IIUM Website. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
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  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 Global-e-University in 2012
  26. Originally established as HELP College
  27. Originally established as the International Medical College
  28. Originally established as the L&G Twintech Institute Of Technology (in Indonesian)
  29. Originally established as the Canadian Institute of Computer Studies
  30. The earliest constituent institute is the Malaysian Institute of Information Technology, first established in 1982 as Institut Infotech MARA (MARA Infotech Institute)
  31. Originally established as INTI College Malaysia
  32. Originally established as the Institute of Technology PETRONAS
  33. Originally established as the Public Works Department Training Centre
  34. Originally established as the Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology
  35. Originally established as Kolej Universiti Teknologi dan Pengurusan Malaysia (University College of Technology and Management, Malaysia)
  36. Originally established as the Institute of Telecommunication and Information Technology
  37. Originally established as New Era College
  38. Originally established as Systematic College
  39. Originally established as Kolej Islam Selangor Darul Ehsan (Selangor Darul Ehsan Islamic College)
  40. Originally established as Sunway College
  41. Originally established as Taylor's College
  42. [Newly established university]
  43. Originally established by Chinese Community to provide tertiary education in the area at the year of 1975
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