Top Private Universities in Malaysia Based on the QS World University Ranking 2023

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How do you know if the university of your choice is the right one for you? Better yet, how do you know if the university has the best qualifications needed for you to receive a top-tier education to get to the career path you plan on pursuing?

If you have read enough about universities, or even seen billboard advertisements on Malaysian universities, you might already be familiar with the term “QS World University Ranking.” If you are unaware of or unfamiliar with the QS World Ranking system, read this article and discover which private Malaysian universities are rated at the top!

What is QS World Ranking?

The QS World Ranking is fundamentally a system that publishes an annual university ranking from all around the world. The purpose of this system is to assist prospective students in knowing which university has been ranked among the leading schools. It assesses each university’s individual reputation and retrieves 40% of its scores from surveys. 

Additionally, by knowing the information provided by QS World Rankings, you can gain a wider and deeper knowledge of the respective universities’:

  • campus environment 
  • available scholarships
  • graduate employability
  • university accreditation
  • cost of living
  • industry partnerships

Top Private Malaysian Universities & Their Rankings

Below is a list of the top 8 private Malaysian universities with their rankings along with a brief description of the universities and their top programmes: 


QS Ranking 2023


Top Courses

Taylor’s University


As a leading international university, Sunway University seeks to provide high-impact research on top of its quality tertiary education services. 

  • Accounting
  • Arts & Design
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Hospitality Management

UCSI University


Known as the only university in the world to have the QS Recognition for Improvement, UCSI offers a variety of programmes fit to serve your tertiary education needs.

  • Performing Arts
  • Hospitality & Leisure Management
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Arts & Design
  • Business & Management Studies

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP)

401 – 500

Established in 1997, UTP remains one of the leading private universities in Malaysia. Offering a range of engineering, science, and technology, UTP aims to produce excellent students with leadership and communication qualities. 

  • Engineering
  • Business Management
  • Computer Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology

Management and Science University (MSU)


Located in Shah Alam, MSU is focused on developing and delivering quality tertiary education and research advancements to solve global challenges. Moreover, the university’s graduate placement rates are among the best in the country. 

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  • International Business
  • Computer Science
  • Early Childhood Education

Sunway University


Offering a variety of courses for both undergraduates and postgraduates, Sunway University values quality higher education and undertakes research-focused projects.

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • Communication
  • Culinary Management

Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)


Owned by Tenaga Nasional Berhad, UNITEN is focused on preparing its graduates with both academic programmes and practical training.

  • Engineering
  • Computer Science & Information Technology
  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Finance

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)


UTAR is guided by their mission to achieve educational excellence through their graduates. This fast growing institution has graduated over 77,000 students since 2005 and made a strong reputation among Malaysian students ever since.

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Actuarial Science
  • Mathematics
  • Economics

Multimedia University (MMU)


Multimedia University is located in Cyberjaya with a mission to inspire communities and achieve customer satisfaction. Most importantly, MMU values delivering quality education for their students. 

  • Information Technology
  • Media
  • Science 
  • Engineering
  • Business

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