In Search of Excellence


Parents and children may not see eye to eye on many things but a common ground that they undeniably share is the desire for quality education. Unlike the days when children followed in the footsteps of their parents in choosing their education institutions, the youth of today are given a lot more freedom to do decide what they want. However, parents still do have an amount of anxiety when it comes to the best possible choice of education institutions for the youngsters. Top 10 of Malaysia takes a brief look at its list of Malaysia’s Most Looked-Up-To Private Universities (presented in alphabetical order).

Help University College (HELP)

In existence since 1986 and a member of HELP Group, the college aims to provide affordable, quality educational opportunities through a wide and diverse range of programmes that cover business, law, management, economics, IT, social sciences and the humanities, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It is also known for having the largest faculty of behavioural sciences in Southeast Asia. HELP was the first private educational institution to offer a degree in Psychology in Malaysia and first in the world to offer the University of London External Programme’s Diploma in Economics outside of the United Kingdom.

International Medical University (IMU)

Bringing 22 years of healthcare education, IMU is the first in Malaysia to offer conventional and complementary medicine under one roof via a range of courses from pre-university to professional development levels. A pioneer of the Partner Medical School programme, the university’s main campus is located in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur with clinical schools in Negeri Sembilan and Johor. IMU hosts over 200 international students from 30 countries worldwide and has its own Research, Development and Innovation Institute (IRDI). With the initiation of its Healthcare Centres in 2010, IMU’s staff and students are now able to receive and treat patients. It also has an Excellent (Tier-5) rating in the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Rating System for Institutions of Higher Learning (SETARA).

Inti University (INTI)

Founded 29 years ago, INTI spreads across central, northern and east Malaysia, offering pre-university and foundation, diploma, degrees and postgraduate programmes. INTI is part of the Laureate International Universities network, the world’s largest operator of private universities. Students may study for a full semester overseas at any Laureate Institution while paying their fees locally under the Semester Abroad Programme (SAP) initiative. INTI’s partnership with prestigious universities in United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and China gives students wider options to study abroad and befits its top SETARA rating.

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LKW)

Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing
Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing

Since its inception in 1991, LKW has received over 100 awards from numerous countries and is hailed as a New Vision University and pioneer in New Model University for developing countries. Located in Cyberjaya, the university’s student body comprise more than 80% of foreign students, hence the fact that it boasts an accommodation for students called the Eagle Nest that looks like a holiday resort with resort-like facilities. LKW’s presence in 26 countries has birthed the Global Campus Experience programme where students have the option to spend one month to one semester at any Limkokwing’s campus in Asia or Africa.

Manipal International University (MIU)

A member of the Manipal Global Education Group, MIU has a network of six campuses and affiliations with 30 universities worldwide. MIU Malaysia, set up in 2010 was built on the success of the Melaka Manipal Medical College, set up in 1997. MIU, being a full-fledged Malaysian university, offers multidisciplinary programs in foundation, diploma and degree level with a focus in the fields of science, engineering, management and business. The university boasts of world-class infrastructure in a 142 acre green campus in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, which is Southeast Asia’s first Green University.

Multimedia University (MMU)

MMU originates from Institute of Telecommunication and Information Technology (ITTM) in Perak, set up by Telekom Malaysia in 1994. MMU’s main campus now resides in Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), Cyberjaya. Since the university’s debut as a single computing Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) in 1997, it has mushroomed in Melaka and Nusajaya to offer a variety of IT, Business and Management, Arts and Law related programmes. One of the newer courses being offered in MMU is its Cinematic Arts in its Nusajaya campus, which is the only university in Asia to offer such degree. MMU hosts 13 research centres; focusing in the niche areas of nanotechnology, microsystems, biometrics, virtual reality, microwave and telecommunications, engineering, photonics, advanced robotics and business.

Sunway University (Sun-U)

Professor Graeme Wilkinson
Professor Graeme Wilkinson

Sun-U is known as one of the nation’s leading private universities, ranked Asia’s No.1 in Graduate Employability and consistently achieving Tier 5 rating in SETARA (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013). Boasting a close partnership with Lancaster University, UK, a Top 10-university in UK and top 1% of universities in the world, Sun-U graduates are also eligible to receive another degree from Lancaster. Sun-U’s partnership with Le Cordon Bleu, famed for its culinary education, has boosted Sun-U’s hospitality field, evidenced in the university receiving an EXCELLENT rating in 2012 by the MQA.

Taylor’s University (Taylor’s)

Dr Hassan Said
Dr Hassan Said

Five-time consecutive winner of the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Gold Award, Taylor’s offers a broad range of courses in business, engineering, IT, medicine, pharmacy and professional accounting. The university is renowned for running the country’s biggest independent centre for Cambridge A-Levels (CAL), South Australian Matriculation (SAM) and the Canadian Pre University (CPU) programmes. Besides that, it is also listed as having the top Architecture and Quantity Surveying schools in Malaysia, while Taylor’s Hospitality and Tourism College is the largest in Malaysia, certified by the Malaysia Book of Records and recognized by Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA)

Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP)

Established 18 years ago through Petronas, UTP occupies a 400-hectare site in Perak and offers a wide range of industry-relevant engineering and technology undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. UTP is the only private university in Malaysia to be rated a 4-star institution by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), with a maximum five-star rating in employability, internationalisation, innovation, facilities and access. Other accolades include Tier 5 SETARA rating and Tier 5 D-SETARA (Discipline-Based) in engineering. UTP hopes to produce wholesome graduates through its Department of Management and Humanities, while its emphasis on research and development, focusing on niche areas, has won it a 5-star rating by Malaysian Research Assessment Instrument.

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

UTAR first opened its doors to its pioneer batch of students at one of the old premises of a local daily in downtown Petaling Jaya in 2002. Fast forward 13 years later, the university now owns two vast campuses in both Perak and Selangor. Rapidly expanding, the university offers various programmes at pre-university, diploma, degree, master and doctorate levels, which cover fields ranging from accountancy, engineering and built environment to applied science, microelectronics, mass communication and social science. Some of UTAR’s many achievements include a placing amongst top 300 universities in Asia on the QS University Ranking 2015 and being chosen as one of the Top 100 UI Green Metric World University Ranking 2014.

Issue 21/2015


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