Top 10 Private Universities in Malaysia 2019

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Looking for the best university which is most suitable for you? In order to choose the best university for you, you should need to understand the specialities and the general environment of the universities whereby each of the universities possessed their own unique quality and field of study.

Searching for universities based on their popularity and word of mouth may not often to be the most appropriate ways due to distinct personal needs and preferences. Therefore, these are the full updated list of the best top 10 private universities in Malaysia 2019 to serve as useful information and guidance for further understanding.

1. Asia Pacific University (APU)

APU University is one of the well-known university in Malaysia. It was officially founded in 1993 as Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) and changed it to Asia Pacific University College of Technology and Innovation (UCTI) in 2004. APU University was rated as 5 Star under the SERATA 2017 Ratings by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and ranked 5 Star in the QS STARS Rating System 2018.

APU University is located in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. It provided a variety of facilities for students such as a large auditorium, green screen studio, drawing studio, engineering labs, swimming pool, fitness centre and computer rooms. If students are interested in sports, the National Sports Complex can be found nearby with numerous facilities for sports.


Recommended field of studies: Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering.

2. Taylor’s University

Taylor’s University is under Taylor’s Education Group as a member, it is also considered as one of the premier universities founded in 1969. A wide range of pre-university programmes can be found in Taylor’s university such as Cambridge A Level (CAL), South Australian Matriculation (SAM), American Degree Transfer Programme (ADP) and Canadian Pre-University Programme (CPU). Other programmes such as undergraduate, and postgraduate programmes can be found under Taylor’s University in their lakeside campus.

Taylor’s University is located in the Subang Jaya, Selangor. As its name said, a beautiful 5.5 acre lake view can be seen in the heart of the campus. Impressive range of facilities such as anatomy laboratory, computer labs, design studio, printmaking room, photo studio, audio recording studio, restaurants, auditorium, recreation centre, UniGym, Student Life Centre, and U-Residence.

Recommended field of studies: Law, Commerce, Public Relation, and Culinary.

3. Sunway University

Initially, Sunway College was established at Subang in 1987. It was soon joined and upgraded by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education to a university college in 2004. It had achieved ‘Tier 6: Outstanding’ rating in the Discipline-Based Rating System, D-SETARA and ranked 5 Star in the QS STARS Rating System 2018. Variety of programmes have been provided by Sunway University from foundation to postgraduate level.

Sunway University is located in the Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya. From the external view, there is a football field that can be seen in the front of Sunway University. Numerous facilities are available such as auditoriums, beverage lab, biological science lab, computer labs, kitchen, hospitality training facilities, swimming pool, tennis court,  gym facilities, and football field.

Recommended field of studies: Accounting, Commerce and Hospitality

4. Monash University Malaysia

Monash University is a famous university that is originated from Australia, it had established a campus at Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya. Monash University is ranked as the top one percent of world universities and 21st in the World’s Most International Universities in 2017 based on the Times Higher Education World University Ranking. Majorities of programmes provided by Monash University focused on Bachelor level and Master level, its specialized on engineering, pharmacy, and sciences.

Monash University is also located in the Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya. It contains multiple facilities and entertainments such as computer labs, open area, library, outdoor parks, hall, science laboratory, and play area. It also has numerous laboratories for the purpose of medical study.

Recommended field of studies: Engineering and Pharmacy

5. University of Nottingham Malaysia

University of Nottingham Malaysia was established in 2000 and owned by Boustead Holdings Sdn Bhd. The Malaysia Ministry of Higher Education rank University of Nottingham as a 5 Star University. Foundation, undergraduate, and postgraduate programmes are provided by the University of Nottingham in Malaysia campus.

University of Nottingham Malaysia is located in Semenyih, Hulu Langat District. The campus provided a large outdoor field for sports, halls as accommodations and a lake. At nearby, there is a swimming pool and restaurants with various type of cuisine.

Recommended field of studies: Pharmaceutical

6. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Heriot-Watt University was established in 1821 and was originated from Scotland. Heriot-Watt University was ranked as 40th in the United Kingdom and 7th in Scotland according to QS World University Ranking 2017/18. It specialized in the programmes of actuarial science and business in Foundation and Bachelor.

Heriot-Watt University is located in Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya for its well-known curve shape structure. It offer wide range of laboratories, workshops, and specialised equipment as well as outdoor and indoor sports facilities such as Olympic-size pool, Extreme Challenge Park, and etc.

Recommended field of studies: Actuarial science

7. SEGI University

SEGI University was established in 1977, it is considered as one of the largest private higher education providers in Malaysia. Segi University has been awarded the Bronze Trophy in the Education and Learning category at the Putra Brand Awards 2016. It also provided a wide range of programmes for dentist, early childhood, business, and psychology.

Segi University is located in Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya. Transport from Petaling Jaya to Kuala Lumpur becoming easier after the establishment of MRT Station. It has numerous academic facilities including library, laboratories for dentist, and swimming pool.

Recommended field of studies: Dentist, Medicine and Psychology

8. INTI International University

The INTI International University was founded in 1986 and it is owned by the INTI Education Group. INTI University was ranked as 5 Star in the QS STARS Rating System 2018. INTI College aims to provide cheap and affordable programmes for youngsters.

INTI College is located in Subang Jaya, Selangor, it is well-known for the study of Finance and Computer Science. The campus offer facilities such as IT and science laboratories, engineering workshops and etc. The location of campus is situated near urban areas whereby the accessibility to food, accommodation and external facilities is far more easier.

Recommended field of studies: Computer Science (UOW) and Finance, Chinese medicine

9. UCSI University & College

UCSI University was founded in 1986 and it is perceived as a top Malaysia’s best private university due to its impressive achievement in ranking as top 70 in the 2019 QS Top 50. It covered wide range of programmes, its main focus is on engineering, MBBS, and Music.

UCSI University is located in Taman Connaught. Kuala Lumpur. Impressive type of labs can be found in the campus such as microbiology lab, biochemistry lab, chemistry lab, computer lab and etc. Other than that, various courts, swimming pool and sport facilities are available in the campus. The newly built UCSI Hotel is located near the campus as a study field of hospitality.

Recommended field of studies: Engineering, Medicine, Hospitality and Music

10. HELP University

HELP University was founded in 1986 as one of the members of the HELP Education Group. Awarded as one of the 200 Top Performing companies in the Asia Pacific, recognised by Forbes Asia. It offers various level of programmes from foundation to postgraduate, specialised on the study of psychology and law.

HELP University is located in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. It has sport facilities for futsal, basketball and volleyball. Other academic facilities also can be found in the HELP University such as laboratories and workshops.

Recommended field of studies: Psychology and Law

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Nicky Yap
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