Building a List of Top Universities in Malaysia to Choose From
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Part of finding the right college or university in Malaysia for you will be picking out the criteria that matters to most to you, and then seeing if any of the top private colleges or universities in Malaysia that you’re looking at fit those criteria. To help you to choose the best university that fits you, you can build a list of top universities in Malaysia that meets your criteria.
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Developing your list of top universities in Malaysia
There are many who believe that top universities like Harvard, Cambridge or NUS are the best possible choices for any student. The best university, however, is the one that meets your academic, social, and personal needs and interests.
The first step in choosing the right school is to develop a list of top private universities in Malaysia that is based on the most important criteria for your education. The criteria that you use to develop a list of the best colleges will depend on your personality, values, academic interests, and career goals.
However, some of the most important criteria include quality of academic offerings, campus culture, costs, and location and environment.
Academic offerings at the Top Private Universities in Malaysia
If you have an idea of your major and career path, then you can identify universities in Malaysia that have excellent academic programs in your field. If you are interested in accounting, engineering, pharmacy, or a specific profession, you may need to look at schools that specialize in your area.
For example, Asia Pacific University for Computing, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia for Actuarial Science & Engineering, UCSI University for Pharmacy & Engineering, First City University College for Interior Design, KDU University College for Mass Communication, etc.
Otherwise, choosing an academically-balanced university that offers a variety of majors and programs might be a better option. Many of the best private universities in Malaysia have a wide range of study options.
Not all degree programmes bearing the same title are the same at all universities. A business administration degree at university A is not the same as at university B. Students must look at the subjects offered in the diploma or degree to see if they relevant, up-to-date, and help you to achieve your career goals.
Student-to-teacher ratio, faculty expertise, and academic resources such as libraries, computer labs, and learning centers are also important aspects of a university’s academic offerings.
Campus Culture and Community Life at the Private Universities in Malaysia
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.
Some private universities in Malaysia are known for their focus on lifestyle or known as party universities. There is nothing wrong with choosing them if you are able to control yourself. If not, you have to consider that this could affect your future.
A private university that has a diverse student body with many international students would help students to improve their English-language and cross-cultural communication skills. With globalisation, many top companies in the world are looking for professionals who are dynamic with strong management skills to lead a globalised work force.
In addition, the university’s relationship with the larger community, availability of on- and off- campus housing, quality of food and health care services, and campus security contribute to the quality of university life.
Costs for studying at Universities in Malaysia
If cost is a major issue, your list may only include public universities but then you don’t get to choose what course you want and which university as the government would choose for you. STPM is a very tough exam to get through as well.
In addition, look closely at the PTPN Loan, EPF Withdrawal scheme and scholarships at the private universities. These packages can often make a private education affordable in Malaysia.
Quality/reputation/ranking of the Private University in Malaysia
There is no official ranking system in Malaysia for private universities. The MQA and Ministry of Higher
Education in Malaysia has a rating system for universities in Malaysia. It is the SETARA rating system.
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.
Students should look at the qualifications of the lecturers at the university. How many are PhD and Master degree holders. Are the lecturers mostly part time or full time? Experienced lecturers would be able to guide students to achieve academic success.
All foundation, diploma and degree programmes must be accredited by MQA in Malaysia. Taking a professional certificate course with a title “diploma” would not allow you to continue on into a degree programme accredited by MQA.
Students should check with the relevant professional bodies to see if the courses the university of interest are accredited. For example, Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), Nursing Board, Pharmacy Board, Malaysian Bar, MIA, Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia, etc.
Location and campus environment of the Private Universities in Malaysia
When developing your list of the best private universities in Malaysia to study at, you should consider the type of setting you prefer, whether it is rural, urban, or suburban. You should also consider the size of the student body, make up of the student body, safety, public transportation, and location of amenities such as restaurants, banks and grocery stores.
Campus infrastructure including modern technology and equipment, research laboratories, and recreational facilities, may also factor into your decision.
Make your list of Top Private Universities in Malaysia
You may already know what some of the best universities or colleges are in Malaysia from talking to friends or teachers, but you can find out about more schools and broaden your opportunities through careful online research. Make sure you check the information provided to see if they are true.
There are also many agents or education consultants around trying to recruit students for the private universities so you need to make sure that they are knowledgeable and experienced.
A knowledgeable education consultant would be able to provide detailed information about the course, facts & evidence to support the job prospects for the course and in-depth information about which university would be suit you. While an experienced education consultant would be able to analyse your results, understand your personality & skills to figure out which course and career suits you.
A knowledgeable education consultant means that he or she would know the entry requirements, course details, in-depth knowledge of the hundreds of courses out there, career prospects, job demand, professional recognition requirements, accreditation, best universities for the course, and other information that would help a confused student to make the right choice.
While an experienced education consultant would have had counseled hundreds of students analysing their
personalities and skilfully guiding them to the right course and university.
At EduSpiral Consultant Services, I have worked in the private higher education industry in Malaysia for more than 15 years advising students with facts and evidence on how to choose the right course after SPM. You should carefully think about what are the options available to you. To choose the best course that fits you, students may fill up our EduSpiral Career Assessment form for evaluation.
The EduSpiral Career Assessment form is a simple form designed by us that gathers information from students after SPM, O-Levels, UEC, STPM or A-Levels in order to assess their aptitude helping us to determine the most suitable course and career progression. After knowing which course, we can then determine which private university in best for that course.
Once you compile your list of favorites, examine their admission requirements to determine if you qualify. Then consider visiting your favorites to help you decide which is the best university for you.