Top Ranked Universities in Malaysia
SETARA 2013: A Malaysian Ranking System of the Best Universities in Malaysia
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First introduced in 2007, SETARA focuses on the quality of the teaching; it also gives some power back to the students by involving appraisals by students who will audit lecturers on several points including punctuality and satisfaction on the delivery of subjects.
The MQA Rating System for Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia for 2013 (SETARA ’13) is the fourth rating exercise undertaken at the institutional level for universities and university colleges in Malaysia after the SETARA ’11, SETARA ’09 (using 2009 data) and SETARA 2007 (using 2006 data).
The resulting rating system uses a six-tier categorization with Tier 6 identified as “Outstanding” and Tier 1 as “Weak”.
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SETARA 2013 Rating System of Top Universities in Malaysia
The position of the universities and university colleges in the respective tiers was based on their scores. It is a rating of the top universities in Malaysia.
Using a six-tier category, the SETARA Rating System ranges from:
- Tier Six (Outstanding)
- Tier Five (Excellent)
- Tier Four (Very Good)
- Tier Three (Good)
- Tier Two (Satisfactory)
- Tier One (Weak)
SETARA’13 evaluated 53 higher learning institutions (IPTs) in Malaysia. It serves as a measuring tool to assess the quality of teaching and learning, using the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) for Bachelor’s Degree Programmes.
SETARA ’13 is a review exercise involving 54 universities and university colleges that participated.
Forty-two IPTs achieved Tier 5 (Excellent) and 11 obtained Tier 4 (Very Good). None achieved Tier 6 (Distinction). 7 universities which were ranked in Tier 4 in the SETARA 2011 were upgraded to Tier 5 in the SETARA 2013 ranking. One university ranked in Tier 3 in the SETARA 2011 achieved Tier 4 in the SETARA 2013. No university achieved Tier 6 (Outstanding) rating or Tier 3 and below.
Representing the Best Universities in Malaysia
EduSpiral Consultant Services is proud to represent some of the best universities in Malaysia that are ranked Tier 5 and Tier 4 in the SETARA 2013 university ranking.
- Taylor’s University Ranked as Excellent or Tier 5
- Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) Ranked as Excellent or Tier 5
- UCSI University Ranked as Excellent or Tier 5
- Curtin University Sarawak Malaysia Ranked as Excellent or Tier 5
- Nilai University Ranked as Excellent or Tier 5
- HELP University Ranked as Very Good or Tier 4
Students should note that ranking systems are just a guide and choosing the best university that fits you should take into consideration the course, lecturers’ experience, reputation & experience of the university, facilities, location, budget, student culture, student services, English-speaking student environment, and other factors.
How to choose the Best University in Malaysia to study at
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.
Some students choose their university because their friends are going there, or because their relatives said it was good, or the university was famous or glamourous.
Remember, you are choosing a university that will help to prepare you to work for the next 60 years of your life. If the university doesn’t equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills, you would get a low salary for the next 60 years of your life.
When making a decision, it is important to decide based on facts and evidence. Many students have told me that they chose a university because their auntie or uncle said that it was good.
But the question is, “What is their definition of good?” What is actually specifically good about the university?
When we ask these uncles and aunties this question, they would say because they have heard of the
university before or someone told them that it was good. Now, that’s not a really good guide on choosing the university. You must make your decisions based on facts and evidence, not on hearsay or gossip that is not supported by statistic, research, report or evidence.
Many students spend more time doing research to buy your mobile phone than on choosing the university. Don’t you think spending time doing research and asking the right people about the university that could determine your future is more important? Would you ask a Doctor on how to repair your car?
The best university in Malaysia may not be the best university for you. In order to choose the right university that best fits you, you have to look at a few important points:
Common Factors in Choosing the Best Private University in Malaysia to Study
Here’s a list of common criteria in choosing a top private university in Malaysia:
- Diploma and degrees offered
- Subjects offered in the diploma or degree (Are they relevant, up-to-date, and help you to achieve your career goals)
- Accreditation by MQA and other relevant professional bodies in Malaysia
- Type of programme (local degree, 3+0 UK or Australian degree, 4+0 American degree, degree transfer programme, etc)
- Entry requirements (Branch campuses in Malaysia have higher entry requirements)
- Location of the university
- Size of the student population
- Student culture (English-speaking environment, ambitious, serious about studies, lifestyle or party university, etc)
- Public vs. Private (STPM is tougher and choice of course & university is determined by the government)
- Costs (tuition, hostel, food, transportation, etc.)
- Financial assistance (Scholarships, PTPN Loan, EPF withdrawal, MARA Loan, etc)
- Campus resources (labs, libraries, wifi, computer access, sports facilities, etc.)
- Internship and co-op programs
- Class size (Small class size for personal attention)
- Faculty contact/classes taught by full-time qualified & experienced faculty
- Quality/reputation/ranking of the private university in Malaysia
- Safety (campus, community)
- Make up of the student body (diversity, international students, gender, etc.)
- Extra-curricular activities (Student organisations, clubs, sports, etc.)
- Housing options (on-campus, off-campus apartments)
- Student support services
- Intake dates
Talk to the Best Education Consultant in Malaysia to Help you Make the Right Choice in your Studies
Students in Malaysia need to talk to the right education counselors so that you get the right information to help you in making this life-changing decision.
Ask the right Education Counselors in Malaysia to help you. Would you ask a Doctor on how to repair your car? Or would you ask a mechanic for medical advise? Although this sounds ridiculous, but many students do listen to advise from young and inexperienced counselors from universities, colleges or agents’ offices. Talking to an experienced education advisor in Malaysia would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.
Experienced education counselors are able to analyse your interests, personality and exam results
to help you make a list of possible courses for consideration. EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students. Having worked in the private education industry, we have in-depth knowledge of each private university and college in what they are good at.
EduSpiral Consultant Services has worked with our partner universities and colleges for many years while the counselors at the private universities or agents’ offices change every few years therefore they would not have the in-depth knowledge of the courses and the university that they are working at.
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.
How to Choose the Best Private University to Study in Malaysia
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.
They are also accredited by MQA and approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Education. Accreditation by the various professional bodies such as the Board of Engineers Malaysia, Pharmacy Board, Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia, Nursing Board, Malaysian Medical Council, etc also indicates the standard achieved.
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. The SETARA ranking is a guide for students to assess the quality of a private university in Malaysia.
Talk to the lecturers and find out from the counselors there about the courses and check if the courses have been accredited by MQA and other external bodies like the Pharmacy Board, Nursing Board, Malaysian Medical Council, Board of Engineers Malaysia , Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia or Persatuan Arkitek Malaysia.
The environment should be one where students speak mostly in English so that you can improve your
Star newspaper has reported that graduates with good English earn 25% higher salary and get faster promotion. The Ministry of Education reported that there were more than 70,000 public university jobless graduates and one of the main reasons was poor command of the English language.
Would you rather suffer for 4 years and get a high salary for 60 years of your work life or an easy 4 years and low salary for 60 years? The decisions that you make now, can change your life forever. Remember the best university doesn’t mean it is the best university for you. The best university is one that fits your career goals, your personality and can push you to a higher level of success.
Below are a list of the best private colleges and universities in Malaysia in their various fields, in my opinion.
Study at the Best Private Universities and Colleges in Malaysia
- Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
- Curtin University, Sarawak campus
- Asia Pacific University (APU)
- UCSI University
- Taylor’s University
- MAHSA University
- Taylor’s College Subang Jaya and Sri Hartamas
- UCSI University Sarawak Campus
- First City University College
- HELP University
- HELP Academy
- KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie
- KDU College Damansara Jaya
- KDU University College Penang
- YTL International College of Hotel Management
- IACT College
- Point College
- Saito College
- Nilai University
- Reliance College
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wide range of choices for students to choose from. These colleges and universities offer value for money in the quality of education and excellent facilities that you get.
These universities and colleges are chosen by EduSpiral because they represent the best in their fields in Malaysia and affordable. EduSpiral provides in-depth information and counseling on their courses so that students are able to make the right choice.
If you are still not sure what to study, please contact us and we will send you a free EduSpiral Career Assessment Form.
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