KDU University College
|Headquarters||Petaling Jaya, Malaysia|
|Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Dr. Khoo Kay Kim, Chancellor|
KDU University College (or KDU) is a private college in Malaysia. KDU is an acronym for Kolej Damansara Utama. It was established in 1983 with the launch of the first main campus in Petaling Jaya. This campus was later complemented by a second at Section 13 in the same city and a third in Penang. KDU offers education programmes at the Certificate, Diploma, Degree and Masters levels and has a student population of over 6,000, where an estimated 25% are international students from over 55 countries.
KDU is owned by the Paramount Corporation Berhad, a property development company which has diversified into education through KDU University College (Damansara Jaya campus & Section 13 campus), KDU Penang University College, KDU Management Development Centre and KDU Smart Schools (private national and international schools for primary and secondary school students)
KDU was founded in 1983 with the construction of the first campus in Damansara Jaya. Since then, two more campuses were opened in Section 13, Petaling Jaya and Penang respectively. A fourth campus is being developed in Glenmarie, Shah Alam.
In November 2010, KDU College was upgraded to University College status by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. The ceremony was officiated by the Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin. In January 2011, Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Dr. Khoo Kay Kim was appointed the institution's Chancellor.
On 23 August 2011, KDU University College launched its own degree programmes, featuring business, law, computing, engineering, communication, culinary management and hospitality management.
Degrees and certificates are offered in the following disciplines;
- Game Development (Art, Design & Programming) (KDU Glenmarie Games)
- Computer Science
- Software Engineering
- Cambridge A Leves
- Foundation Programmes
- UNSW Foundation Studies
- American Degree Transfer Program (ADP)
- Accounting & Finance
- Creative Arts
- Culinary Arts
- Hospitality & Tourism
- Nursing and Allied Health
- CAT & ACCA
- English Language
- KDU Management Development Centre (KMDC)
KDU Glenmarie is known for it's 3-year degree Game Development programme with specializations in Game Art (Illustration, Sprites, Animation, 3D Modeling, Texturing, Rigging and Animating), Game Design (Level Design, Narrative Design, World Building, QA Testing, etc.) and Game Tech (Programming, A.I., Game Engine Architecture, etc.). Launched in January 2012, the course has over 250+ students and continues to grow. The philosophy behind KDU Glenmarie Games is the pragmatic approach where they value practical skills and focus mostly on work-based assessments.