Top 5 Private Universities in Malaysia for Engineering 2019

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Is Bachelor of Engineering a right degree for me?

The field of engineering is vast and expanding increasingly over the course of time. Many students initially decide that they want to study engineering however often change the course of the career midway. This is usually because of 2 factors: whether you know about the key qualities to become an engineer and whether your university was able to deliver up to your expectations.

The list of key qualities one must consider when deciding to step foot in the field of engineering is:

  • Being inquisitive and interested in the physical world and the functionality behind it,
  • Good mathematical and problem-solving skills and
  • An interest in technology and new developments.

Engineering in today’s world expects you work with the technology of today and conceptualise and prepare yourself for the next big innovation. These 3 qualities are very useful when deciding whether Engineering is for you or not but the institute you choose is the biggest deciding factor for your academic venture.

“Engineering is the closest thing to magic that exists in the world” Elon Musk

Overview of Engineering Majors

Electrical & ElectronicElectrical Engineering contains research, design, development and management of complex orders for many different uses. Think about the electricity wires that connect your room to the power grid.
MechanicalAny design you can dream of can be brought to reality by a mechanical engineer. The use of mechanical power to operate machines and tools, and to develop things. Anything from a water heater to cars to computers to cell phones.
CivilCivil engineers design, develop, manage, operate and maintain the infrastructure that supports modern society. This includes buildings, bridges, tunnels, roads, dams, ports and harbours, railways, water supply and sewerage schemes, irrigation systems and more.
TelecommunicationTelecommunication engineer explores how information is transmitted from one point to another, whether that’s an image file, or massive high-resolution YouTube video flying across the Internet.
MechatronicThink about the Iron-man from the movie, Mechatronic engineer specialised in the development of autonomous systems such as self-operating robots, including vehicles, as well as a thorough knowledge of industrial automation. 
ChemicalChemical engineers design, develop and optimise the systems and equipment used in chemical, industrial and environmental processes, producing a range of materials, like fuels, fertilisers, foods, polymers and pharmaceuticals.
PetroleumPetroleum engineers use the knowledge of chemistry, geology and economics to the discovery, development and production of energy and material resources below the Earth’s surface.
BiomedicalBiomedical engineers use engineering analysis and techniques to problems in medicine and life sciences. They bridge the gap between clinical medicine and the increasingly complex world of medical technologies.
Renewable EnergyThis degree explores the most efficient ways to make use of renewable energy technologies, including solar thermal systems, photovoltaics, wind and biomass.
Photovoltaics & SolarPhotovoltaic engineering uses solar radiation to create energy. It studies the manufacture and use of solar cells, which capture and convert sunlight to electricity that can power virtually anything electrical. As a renewable and sustainable energy source, solar energy is unlimited and a vital industry for humanity’s future.
Minerals and Energy Resources EngineeringMinerals and Energy Resources Engineering studies the safe, economic and environmentally responsible recovery, processing, marketing and management of mineral resources. In simple terms, Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering is about the extraction of natural minerals from the earth and the processing of those minerals into more user-friendly forms with minimal environmental impact.
Aerospace EngineeringAerospace engineers focus on the science and practice of air and space travel; the design, development, testing and production of aerospace vehicles; the maintenance and operation of air-vehicle; and aerospace research.

Here are the top 5 universities in Malaysia for the field of Engineering:

1. UCSI University

UCSI University is one of Malaysia’s first private universities with more than 10, 000 students from 110 different countries. Some of the factors that make UCSI a great institute is their academic staff who are highly experienced and sought after. Through their experience they are able to give students a learning experience which heavily based on industrial application.UCSI offers student mobility for all its engineering courses to be completed in partner universities in Australia. UCSI offer many different levels of certification including foundation, diploma and degree in Engineering as well as many different majors such as:

Foundation in Science1 yearRM 18,000
Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering2.5 yearsRM 32,000
BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering4 yearsRM 77,6100
BEng (Hons) Chemical EngineeringRM 71,210
BEng (Hons) Civil EngineeringRM 75,110
BEng (Hons) Communication and Electronic EngineeringRM 75,370
BEng (Hons) Mechanical EngineeringRM 73,540
BEng (Hons) Mechatronic EngineeringRM 73,290
BEng (Hons) Petroleum EngineeringRM 79,170

2. Asia Pacific University

Asia Pacific University Degrees are accredited and recognized under the Washington Accord. APU aims to turn their students into global leaders and practitioners of their respective fields. APU has received a 5 Star SETARA rating and is known as one of the highest rated emerging universities. APU provides excellent resources and enables students to be equipped with industry-ready skills and a high-spirited attitude.

APU Foundation in Engineering1 yearRM 24,800
APIIT – Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering2.5 yearsRM 36,500
BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering4 yearsRM 98,900
BEng (Hons) Telecommunication Engineering
BEng (Hons) Computer Engineering
BEng (Hons) Mechatronic Engineering
BEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering

3. University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham is known for its faculty of engineering as one of the strongest faculties of the institute. They want to give their students the excellence, strength and boldness to battle in well-known global companies and organisations. At Nottingham, the faculty of engineering recognizes the importance of engineering solutions and more importantly the right skills that students must acquire to become those who can apply new knowledge to new products and new processes. Nottingham offers 4 departments under the faculty of Engineering:

Foundation in Engineering1 yearRM 28,500
BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering3 yearsRM 142,500
BEng (Hons) Chemical & Environmental Engineering
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
BEng (Hons) Mechatronic Engineering
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

4. Taylors University

Taylors University has various accolades to its name as one of the top private universities in Malaysia. It is the first engineering school in Southeast Asia to adopt the CDIO initiative and register with the Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GSCP), allowing them to use these approaches in their teaching and build graduates that are able to meet the real-world demands. Taylors focuses on practical learning for all their students and pushes them towards project-based learning to explore their passion in their specialised field of engineering. Taylors has 3 major departments in the field of Engineering:

Foundation in Engineering1 yearRM 24,500
BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering4 yearsRM 135,200
BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

5. Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt is a globally recognised university with campuses in Dubai, Malaysia and the UK. They are ranked 302nd worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2018/19) and 35th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2019). When you join Heriot-Watt you become part of a global family. They have over 116,000 alumni worldwide. Heriot-Watt Malaysia offers 3 departments under the faculty of Engineering:

Foundation in Science1 yearRM 25,833
BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering3 yearsRM 129,840
BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
BEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Degree Intakes and Fees*

UniversitiesIntakesIndicative annual Fees**
UCSI UniversityJanuary, May and SeptemberRM 17,750- 19,750 (depending on major)
Asia Pacific UniversityFeb, April and SeptemberRM 22, 800
Nottingham UniversitySeptember, Feb and MayRM 47,500
Taylors UniversityApril and AugustRM 33,800
Heriot-Watt UniversitySeptemberRM 43,280

*Disclaimer: The program and Fees* listed are provided as a general guide only, the information was captured from the internet. Please consult with our education adviser for further assessment.

For the best Engineering Universities in Australia, check this out :Top-10-Universities-for-Engineering-in-Australia

How is life studying in Malaysia for an international student?

Student life in Malaysia can be very exciting and fun, especially because of the low-cost of living and expenses. With several universities to choose from, students in Malaysia can find the some of the cheapest private universities that offer excellent facilities and accreditation from various institutions abroad.

Learn more about why Malaysia is the study destination for you: 10 reasons for studying in Malaysia

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