Malaysia has been investing in its higher education sector quite consistently in the past few decades. It has partnered with a number of international universities, fast-tracked development of sites reserved for educational purposes, and relaxed policies to attract foreign applicants to its universities. Of course, it has a long way to go before it becomes a popular student destination in Asia and the world. However, there are a few universities in the country which have been doing exceptionally well and have managed to fortify their position in the region as centres of quality education.
Keeping up with the tradition of exploring the top universities in various country, we have picked Malaysia for this segment. Today, we are going to explore the best 5 universities in the country. In case you are interested in pursuing education here, you are in the right place.
So, without further ado, let us take a look at what we here.
- University of Malaya
Situated in the touristy capital of the country, University of Malaya is a notable public university with a solid foundation in research. Much of its credibility as an excellent institution stems from its old legacy, having been found in the year 1905. Presently, it is an autonomous educational institution and has been consistently placed in the top 10 in Asia. Its academic profile comprises several courses, but the university is most famous for its courses on linguistics, particularly Japanese, Engineering, Computer science, and Business. Many international universities such as the University of Melbourne and Kyoto University are its partner institutions.
- The National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
Another public research university on the list, National University of Malaysia has been acknowledged as one of the premier educational institutions in southeast Asia. While it started operated with 3 faculties only, it has expanded to several others with time. Its faculties include that of Islamic Studies, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities, Law, Medicine, Economics and Management, and Engineering and Built Environment. Besides, there are several institutions under its wing such as the Fuel Cell Institute, Institute for Malaysian & International Studies, Institute of Ethnic Studies, and Solar Energy Research Institute.
- Universiti Putra Malaysia
Universiti Putra Malaysia is the place to go to when the interest in Agricultural Studies is strong. Hailed as one of the top Agricultural Schools in the region, it was established in the year 1931 and offers a range of courses in Agriculture and related fields. However, the university has expanded to non-agricultural courses as well, and today, there are faculties of Veterinary medicine, Economics and Management, Engineering, Science, and Educational Studies among many others. There are also a great many reputed institutes belonging to the university such as the Institute of Bioscience, Institute of Mathematical Research, and Halal Product Research Institute.
- Universiti Sains Malaysia
A leading research university, Universiti Sains Malaysia was established in the year 1969 and operates through 3 campuses. Presently, there are as many as 24 academic schools and 14 centres as part of its academic profile. Its schools include those of Aerospace Engineering, Housing, Mechanical Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Mathematical Sciences. So far as its centres are concerned, they include the Centre of Knowledge, Centre for Policy Research, and the Central for Marine and Coastal Studies. Like most elite Malaysian universities, it also partners with many foreign universities to allow its students the opportunity to learn in different academic environments.
- University of Technology
As the name suggests, University of Technology focuses mainly on the studies of science and technology. For the same, it has garnered international acclaim and is seen as some of the best schools of technology in the region. The university has 3 campuses, with the latest one being opened in the year 2017 only. So far as its faculties are concerned, there are those of Engineering, social sciences and humanities, built environment and surveying, business, and technology and informatics, etc. There are also 3 innovation centres here, which are the Centre for Student Innovation, Institute of Bioproduct Development, and Innovation and Commercialisation Centre. It also runs a global outreach program to prepare its students for international opportunities.