Top 10 of the Best Private Universities in Malaysia 2022

10 of the Best Private Universities in Malaysia 2022 that You Should Consider to Study At

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There are more than 500 private universities & colleges in Malaysia for students to choose from for their tertiary studies. Without a ranking system in Malaysia, so how do students make the right choice? Students will need to be strategic to narrow down this confusing array into a shortlist and ultimately decide which is the best university for you. With so many factors to consider, it can be confusing, therefore students should choose the best private university in Malaysia with insider tips from knowledgeable & experienced counsellors at EduSpiral Consultant Services.

In addition, choosing a top private university in Malaysia to study takes time, it is a process in finding out which university best fits you.  To help you develop a good list of criteria, we have made a list of some of the best universities in Malaysia for you to consider.

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List of 10 Top Private Universities in Malaysia

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Choosing a university is important as it will help to shape your mind, character and help you to develop the necessary skills for a successful career. Therefore, not all private universities are the same. You should not choose a university because it is the cheapest, easiest and nearest. It should be based on which university that best fits your needs.

Every university and course in Malaysia is different and each student wants different things to fit their education and career goals.

There are hundreds of private universities and colleges in Malaysia offering a wide range of Foundation, Diploma & Degree courses. Students after SPM, O-Levels, STPM, UEC, A-Levels or other Pre-University programme will almost certainly need to decide what is most important to you.

Each university in Malaysia excels in particular areas, so you should ensure that your field of study is a strong-point of the university you choose.

Choosing a university that is best in your field of study may provide you with access to more specialised opportunities, including custom-built facilities, field-specific academic opportunities and employment opportunities with prestigious organisations in your industry.

Ten Top Private Universities in Malaysia that you should Consider Studying at

EduSpiral helped me to understand clearly what software engineering is about & helped me to choose the right university. Vincent Chow, Software Engineering Graduate, Asia Pacific University

EduSpiral helped me to understand clearly what software engineering is about & helped me to choose the right university. Vincent Chow, Software Engineering Graduate, Asia Pacific University

When developing your list of top universities, consider the schools’ values such as commitment to diversity, vibrant campus life, and dedication to academic excellence. Also consider the range of student organizations, athletic and recreational activities.

It is important to choose a private university in Malaysia that has an English-speaking environment, students who are ambitious and serious about studies, and a globalised student body. Mixing around with international students will help to improve your English language skills and understanding of different cultures.

Looking at the number of awards that the university and its students have won in competitions related to the course can be a guide in helping you to make the right choice. Many students make the mistake of just listening to advertisements or friends without checking the information.

Below is a list of top private universities in Malaysia  in their field as a guide for you to consider in making the right choice for a better future:

  1. Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus
  2. Asia Pacific University (APU)
  3. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
  4. University of Wollongong (UOW) Malaysia KDU, Utropolis Glenmarie
  5. UOWM KDU Penang
  6. Multimedia University (MMU)
  7. HELP University
  8. First City University College
  9. MAHSA University
  10. Berjaya University College
  11. Saito University College

Are Rankings Important When Choosing a Private University to Study at in Malaysia?

I was not sure of what to study. EduSpiral helped me to choose the right course. Jasmine, Business Information Systems Graduate from Asia Pacific University (APU)

I was not sure of what to study. EduSpiral helped me to choose the right course.
Jasmine, Business Information Systems Graduate from Asia Pacific University (APU)

Many students do not understand how rankings come about and how to use them as an aid in choosing their university of study. Each ranking is based on different criteria and different sets of measurements. Therefore, just because a university is ranked number 1, doesn’t mean that it would be the best one that suits you and your academic and career goals.

Rankings are based on criteria such as teaching quality, research quality, career prospects, student satisfaction, and other factors. In Malaysia, there is no ranking system but there is a rating system called SETARA. Developed under the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2015-2025 for Higher Education, SETARA employs a rigorous assessment methodology to rate an education institution’s three core functions, namely teaching, research and services.

Increasingly popular in Malaysia is the QS World University Rankings, where many of the public and private universities have participated. The QS ranking is largely determined by reputation, with 50 per cent of an institution’s score derived from reputation survey results gathered from over 40,000 academics across the world.

“I was confused and had some questions. EduSpiral met up with me and my mum to explain more about the course and helped me choose the right course.”
Gary, Accounting Graduate from University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU

The Times Higher Education ranking focuses on the teaching quality of an institution, while the research-focused Shanghai ranking takes into account factors such as the number of Nobel Prize-winners a university has produced, and research articles published in prominent Nature and Science journals.

Other rankings for UK universities like the Complete University Guide and The Guardian look at the entry requirements of the university as an indication of student quality and the career prospects for graduates.

Exploring the methodologies of different university ranking systems can help you break down your own priorities, and identify what you think is important when choosing a university.

When choosing a private university in Malaysia to study, choose based on the experience of the university on the particular major or subject that you are interested in. Look at the awards won in that subject field and the reputation it has. In the end, employability is what matters most from completing a degree, therefore, you choose a university that can equip you with the necessary academic knowledge and technical skills as well as important soft skills so that you will be relevant to the work force. How famous or popular the name of the particular university is not important but how experienced and the expertise that it has in that particular field is more important to securing you a top job.

EduSpiral Consultant Services has more than a decade experience in placing students at top private universities that fit their academic and career goals. In addition, I have more than 20 years experience in counseling students to choose the right course and university. Do contact me should you need our free services.

What are the Reasons for Choosing a Top Private University in Malaysia?

I didn't come from a rich family but I very much wanted to go to KL to study. EduSpiral helped me to find a good university with affordable fees. Eric Lau, Graduated from Graphic Design at First City University College

I didn’t come from a rich family but I very much wanted to go to KL to study. EduSpiral helped me to find a good university with affordable fees. Eric Lau, Graduated from Graphic Design at First City University College

There are many reasons and motivations for attending university in Malaysia, so ask yourself some serious questions to identify what you want from your university experience.

It goes without saying that one of the most important considerations when it comes to choosing the right university to study in Malaysia is your course of interest and whether that particular university is popular for it. Additionally, many universities in Malaysia may offer the same course but many students fail to consider looking at the subjects, the experience of the university in running the course, awards won as evidence of the university’s capability and the facilities to support the course.

Many students have taken the easy way out and choosing the university that is cheapest, nearest and where most of their friends attend. They fail to understand that what they decide now can affect their future career forever

How to Choose the Best Private University to Study in Malaysia

EduSpiral analysed my personality and results, subsequently advised me on choosing the right course as well as the best university that fit me. John Lai Wai Hong, Graduated in Mass Communication from KDU University College

EduSpiral analysed my personality and results, subsequently advised me on choosing the right course as well as the best university that fit me. John Lai Wai Hong, Graduated in Mass Communication from KDU University College

Choosing a university to study in Malaysia is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. Your decision will be influenced by many criteria.

Starting your university search with the basics will help you identify the universities that will best suit you academically and personally. Each of us has unique needs and values, and what is important to you may not matter to someone else.

The best university in Malaysia will focus on quality, have award winners for the particular courses, years of experience offering the particular course, highly experienced lecturers, a good study environment (not a party university) and good facilities.

Being a sports enthusiast, you may want a university that has the facilities to support your lifestyle. The same goes for school size, cost, and other basic college criteria. By identifying your needs, you can narrow down which universities and focus on the things that will make your university a perfect fit.

In addition, knowing which course you want to study will help in determining which university. Just like signature dishes for restaurants, certain private universities are famous for particular courses. Choosing the best university for that course would ensure that you benefit from their experience.

Furthermore many of the top private universities in Malaysia offer similar courses therefore making your decision a challenging one! To help you develop a good list of criteria, you need to talk to the right counsellors or education consultant who are knowledgeable and experienced.

The best private universities and colleges in Malaysia have excellent facilities, years of experience running the programme, strong student support services, internships and experienced lecturers.

Accreditation & Recognition of the Top Private Universities in Malaysia

My father wanted me to study at the best university for actuarial science & I wasn't sure about my results. EduSpiral met up with us, explained about the course and university.

My father wanted me to study at the best university for actuarial science & I wasn’t sure about my results. EduSpiral met up with us, explained about the course and university. Min En, Actuarial Science, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

They are also accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Audit (MQA) and approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Education. Recognition and accreditation by the various professional bodies such as the

What should a Top Private University in Malaysia Provide for You?

Software Engineering at Asia Pacific University (APU)

I was confused about what to study & at which university. Talking to EduSpiral helped clear my doubts. Zen Yi, Graduated from Software Engineering at Asia Pacific University (APU)

The best private university in Malaysia will focus on quality, have award winners for the particular courses, years of experience offering the particular course, highly experienced lecturers, a good study environment (not a party university), internships, good mix of international & local students, extra-curricular activities and good facilities.

Choosing the right university takes time to decide. You should visit the campus and talk to the staff and lecturers there. Check their facts to see what they say is true. See if the environment and facilities are good and that the students communicate in English there. EduSpiral Consultant Services takes students to visit the universities’ campuses to take them around for a tour and to give them in-depth counseling.

With over 500 private colleges and universities in Malaysia, how do you choose the best university that fits you? With our first-hand knowledge of colleges and access to staff at the colleges we represent, we can provide in-depth, personalized advise that no brochure or website can.

Through in-depth counseling and analysis, get to know you so that we identify several universities that will allow you to thrive throughout your university years and gain the important communication skills, knowledge and expertise.

Finally, the best university is one that fits your career goals, your personality and can push you to a higher level of success.

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(Updated July 15, 2021)

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    • Both have their strong points, so you have to weigh them and choose which one that would best fit your career goals

    • hi, thanks for the reply. i decide to go UOW since UOW offer diploma in sequential art then i can do degree in digital media .

      • You can WhatsApp me at 01111408838 and I will send you the details

  1. Which college/university is best recommended for degree in logistics and supply chain management ?

    • Asia Pacific University (APU), Multimedia University (MMU), Taylor’s University and UOWM KDU

  2. Which will be the top 3 uni to do Computer Science or Software Engineering. and which degree is recognized internationally?

    • As long as the degree is accredited by MQA, overseas employers would generally accept for the degree certificate. Top private universities in Malaysia for computer science or software engineering are Asia Pacific University, Multimedia University (MMU) and Taylor’s University.

    • Not, many universities offer this course specifically. However, although the title of the degree may be different, it is important to look at the subjects offered as that shows more clearly what you will be learning

  3. Hi , may I ask what is the best Uni that offer branding and advertising course? So far I only c UCSI offer this course , the course good?

    • As you know UCSI offers this course. lease take a picture of your results and WhatsApp to 01111408838 for evaluation for entry and further advise

  4. Hello sir,
    I would like to study in ‘International Relations and Affairs’ with scholarship opportunity. I Have good academic profile i mean i got GPA- 5 out of 5 in both SSC & HSC. Also i have scored overall band score 6 in IELTS. My question is which malaysian university would give me the full funding scholarship or is there any chance to get scholarship like full funding?

    Thanks in advance

  5. Greeting,I want to do twining program for mechanical engineering , Can I know which local and oversea university can fulfill my requirements? Thanks.

  6. i would like to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering, which do you think is better? KDU, UCSI or SEGI?

  7. Hi, could you please advise me on which university is the best for studying Actuarial science? Do not include Heriott Watt..I was thinking out of these : Sunway, UNTAR, UCSI, APU or other Uni you can recommend.
    Thanks

  8. i would like to know about good univ. in malaysia for bachelor in business administration and with decent placement rate. thank you.

  9. Hi – Pl guide me which uni is better for chemical engineering undergrad program , Monash sunway campus or curtin sarawak

    • Both universities are famous for chemical engineering in Malaysia. So, to decide which one is better for you, you will need to look at the subjects offered to see which one fits your career goals. Also, consider the cost, entry requirements, and campus environment.

  10. I am a foreign student and i want to study mechanical engineering in Malaysia, but i don’t know which university should i choose, can you help me in this ?

  11. I want to study in Malaysia for fashion and merchandising …
    which university is the best in Malaysia for the programme .?
    please inform me …..

    I have completed a 4 years Textile diploma from Bangladesh.
    Will I get any facility or waiver from Malaysian University ,,,?

    My cont. —
    E-mail : raihantex10@gmail.com
    Mobile : 8801737777959

  12. What could be the best university in malaysia to transfr credit after one year completion….from UCSi???My course is Financial economics…thanks you.

  13. good morning..may i knw which university is best and also good for chemical engineering course?
    price shld be reasonable too..
    vind1996@yahoo.com..tis is my email..anyting means u cn reply to my email

  14. The best university with a foundation year for science leading to medicine for international student?

  15. Is UCSI provide a good program in Optometry? Do they have good lecturers? Besides UCSI, are they any private Universities offer this course?

    • Although the programme is new at UCSI, it has the necessary recognition and the university has a good reputation for health science courses. Yes, there is one or two other optometry universities in Malaysia. Please email me at info@eduspiral.com stating the course of interest, your full name as per IC and mobile number. I will send you all the details.

  16. I cirrently taking diploma in civil at Inti nilai . I would like to take my degree in ucsi … I I not sure which universivty is better … can u give some suggestion ?

    • UCSI was one of the first private universities to offer engineering courses hence they have the necessary experience. Their degree is accredited by BEM and the university has been ranked Excellent by SETARA 2013 as well. For more details, you may email me at info@eduspiral.com with your full name and mobile number. Cheers!

  17. I am thinking want to study foundation in engineering , but I don’t no which uni is good , ,there have few uni in my list , heroit watt uni , taylor , monash and curtein , please advise tq

    • Heriot Watt, Monash and Curtin are top ranked universities in the world for engineering. Not sure how the other university ended up in your list. Monash does not offer any Foundation course. You have to look at your budget as well and the university environment that would suit your personality. You can email me at info@eduspiral.com.my with your full name and mobile number for more details.

  18. hi~ what result in diploma do I acquire to enter degree in TESL? how long would be degree duration if i have completed diploma in TESL earlier?

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