List of universities in Malaysia

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This is a list of universities in Malaysia. Universities in Malaysia are generally categorised as public and private universities. Private universities include locally established universities and campuses of foreign universities.

The list below is classified by the two main categories, sequentially ordered by their locations according to states. For the purpose of this list, institutions of higher education that are authorised to confer their own degrees but do not have the status of universities are included under the sub-classification of university college (including institutions not classified as educational institutions under the Education Act 1996[1]). Other institutions of higher education which do not have the authority to confer their own degrees are listed in a separate article.

In the case of institutions without official translations of their names in English or common used name by the local media, the translation provided by the Association of Commonwealth Universities[2] is used, barring which the most common usage is provided.

Public universities[edit]

Public universities in Malaysia are funded by the Government and are governed as self-managed institutions. Apart from the University of Malaya and the MARA University of Technology which were established by two separate enabling Acts of Parliament,[3][4] the other public universities in Malaysia were created by executive order as per the provisions of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971. Until recently, the Ministry of Higher Education was responsible for seven institutions bearing the title "University College". These have since been upgraded to full universities and there are currently no public university colleges.

Unofficial translation in English Official name in Malay Acronym Foundation Location Link
University of Technology, Malaysia Universiti Teknologi Malaysia[5] UTM 1975 Skudai, Johor [12]
Tun Hussein Onn University of Malaysia Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia[6] UTHM 2007 Batu Pahat, Johor [13]
Northern University, Malaysia Universiti Utara Malaysia[7] UUM 1984 Sintok, Kedah [14]
University of Malaysia, Kelantan Universiti Malaysia Kelantan[8] UMK 2007 Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan [15]
National Defence University of Malaysia Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia[9] UPNM 2006 Kuala Lumpur [16]
University of Malaya Universiti Malaya[10] UM 1949 Kuala Lumpur [17]
Technical University of Malaysia, Melaka Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka[11] UTeM 2000 Durian Tunggal, Malacca [18]
Islamic Science University of Malaysia Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia[12] USIM 1997 Nilai, Negeri Sembilan [19]
University of Malaysia, Pahang Universiti Malaysia Pahang[13] UMP 2002 Kuantan, Pahang [20]
University of Science, Malaysia Universiti Sains Malaysia[14] USM 1969 Gelugor, Penang [21]
Sultan Idris University of Education Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris[15] UPSI 1997 Tanjung Malim, Perak [22]
University of Malaysia, Perlis Universiti Malaysia Perlis[16] UniMAP 2001 Arau, Perlis [23]
University of Malaysia, Sabah Universiti Malaysia Sabah[17] UMS 1994 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah [24]
University of Malaysia, Sarawak Universiti Malaysia Sarawak[18] UNIMAS 1992 Kota Samarahan, Sarawak [25]
International Islamic University Malaysia Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia[19] IIUM 1983 Gombak, Selangor [26]
National University of Malaysia Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia[20] UKM 1970 Bangi, Selangor [27]
MARA University of Technology Universiti Teknologi MARA[21] UiTM 1956 Shah Alam, Selangor [28]
Putra University, Malaysia Universiti Putra Malaysia[22] UPM 1971 Serdang, Selangor [29]
Sultan Zainal Abidin University Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin[23] UniSZA 2005 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu [30]
University of Malaysia, Terengganu Universiti Malaysia Terengganu[24] UMT 2007 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu [31]
Sultan Azlan Shah University Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah[25] USAS 1999 Kuala Kangsar, Perak [32]

Polytechnics[edit]

Polytechnics in Malaysia provide courses for bachelor's degree, Advanced Diploma, Diploma and Special Skills Certificate.

The following is a list of the polytechnics in Malaysia in order of establishment:-

Official Name in Malay Acronym Foundation Type Location Link
Politeknik Ungku Omar PUO 1969 Premier Polytechnic (University Status) Ipoh, Perak [33]
Politeknik Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah POLISAS 1976 Conventional Polytechnic Kuantan, Pahang [34]
Politeknik Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah POLIMAS 1984 Conventional Polytechnic Bandar Darul Aman, Kedah [35]
Politeknik Kota Bharu PKB 1985 Conventional Polytechnic Ketereh, Kelantan [36]
Politeknik Kuching Sarawak PKS 1987 Conventional Polytechnic Kuching, Sarawak [37]
Politeknik Port Dickson PPD 1990 Conventional Polytechnic Si Rusa, Negeri Sembilan [38]
Politeknik Kota Kinabalu PKK 1996 Conventional Polytechnic Kota Kinabalu, Sabah [39]
Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah PSA 1997 Premier Polytechnic (University Status) Shah Alam, Selangor [40]
Politeknik Ibrahim Sultan PIS 1998 Premier Polytechnic (University Status) Pasir Gudang, Johor [41]
Politeknik Seberang Perai PSP 1998 Conventional Polytechnic Permatang Pauh, Pulau Pinang [42]
Politeknik Melaka PMK 1999 Conventional Polytechnic Malacca [43]
Politeknik Kuala Terengganu PKKT 1999 Conventional Polytechnic Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu [44]
Politeknik Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin PSMZA 2001 Conventional Polytechnic Dungun, Terengganu [45]
Politeknik Merlimau PMM 2002 Conventional Polytechnic Merlimau, Malacca [46]
Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah PSAS 2002 Conventional Polytechnic Behrang, Perak [47]
Politeknik Tuanku Sultanah Bahiyah PTSB 2002 Conventional Polytechnic Kulim, Kedah [48]
Politeknik Sultan Idris Shah PSIS 2003 Conventional Polytechnic Sungai Air Tawar, Selangor [49]
Politeknik Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin PTSS 2003 Conventional Polytechnic Ulu Pauh, Perlis [50]
Politeknik Muadzam Shah PMS 2003 Conventional Polytechnic Muadzam Shah, Pahang [51]
Politeknik Mukah Sarawak PMU 2004 Conventional Polytechnic Mukah, Sarawak [52]
Politeknik Balik Pulau PBU 2007 Conventional Polytechnic Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang [53]
Politeknik Jeli PJK 2007 Conventional Polytechnic Jeli, Kelantan [54]
Politeknik Nilai PNS 2007 Conventional Polytechnic Negeri Sembilan [55]
Politeknik Banting PBS 2007 Conventional Polytechnic Kuala Langat, Selangor [56]
Politeknik Mersing PMJ 2008 Conventional Polytechnic Mersing, Johor [57]
Politeknik Hulu Terengganu PHT 2008 Conventional Polytechnic Kuala Berang, Terengganu [58]
Politeknik Sandakan PSS 2009 Conventional Polytechnic Sandakan, Sabah [59]
Politeknik METrO Kuala Lumpur PMKL 2011 METrO Polytechnic Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur [60]
Politeknik METrO Kuantan PMKU 2011 METrO Polytechnic Kuantan, Pahang [61]
Politeknik METrO Johor Bahru PMJB 2011 METrO Polytechnic Johor Bahru, Johor [62]
Politeknik METrO Betong PMBS 2012 METrO Polytechnic Betong, Sarawak [63]
Politeknik METrO Tasek Gelugur TBD 2012 METrO Polytechnic Butterworth, Pulau Pinang TBD
Politeknik Pagoh TBD 2013 Conventional Polytechnic Muar, Johor TBD

Private universities, university colleges and Malaysian campuses of foreign universities[edit]

The establishment of private universities and university colleges were made possible with the passage of the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996. Prior to that, private institutions of higher learning existed but were not authorised to confer their own degrees. Instead, they acted as preparatory institutions for students to undertake courses of instructions in preparation for externally conferred degrees.

Official Name in Malay Acronym Foundation Type Location Link
Name in English Name in Malay Acronym Foundation Location Link
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Kolej Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman TARC 1969 Karak [64]
Gugusan University Malaysia Gugusan University Malaysia GUM 2010 Kuantan [65]
University College Shah Putra Kolej Universiti Shah Putra UCSA 1997 Kuantan [66]


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