Best Universities in Malaysia

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Best Universities in Malaysia for International Students

Malaysia is consistently welcoming an increasing number of international students to its high-quality academic institutions. The country is witnessing an influx of academic interest from businesses, students, and especially universities opening campuses there. This has led to an increase in the focus on and quality of local universities and colleges, which can be seen climbing the world rankings every year.

With so many options varying in style and programs, how are students to decide which university is best for them? We’ve compiled top university rankings in Malaysia for international students based on a variety of attributes:

Top 10 Malaysian Universities by World Rankings

Of course, students are looking to travel to a new destination to study among the best and brightest. The universities in the following list attract just that: students who have dedicated themselves to their studies and who are committed to becoming the best they can be at the best universities Malaysia has to offer.

  1. Universiti Malaya (UM)
  2. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
  3. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
  4. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
  5. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
  6. International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
  7. Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
  8. Multimedia University (MMU)
  9. Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
  10. Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)

Top Universities Based on Most Popular Fields of Study in Malaysia

International students flock to Malaysia to study a variety of subjects; however, there are three fields of study [link to Top Fields of Study in Malaysia article] that top the rest: engineering, IT/Computer Science, and business/finance. Here is a list of the top 5 Malaysian universities in each category:


IT/Computer Science


1. Universiti Malaya (UM)

1. Universiti Malaya (UM)

1. Universiti Malaya (UM)

2. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

2. University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

2. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

3. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

3. Heriot-Watt University

3. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

4. National University of Malaysia

4. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

4. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

5. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

5. Monash University Malaysia

5. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

Most Affordable Malaysian Universities

Sometimes scholarships and financial aid aren’t an option for international students. You can learn more about many of the below universities in our more in-depth article, “The Most Affordable Universities in Malaysia” [link to article]. For a quick run-through, here is a list of the top 10 most affordable universities in Malaysia.

  1. Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Annual Tuition: MR 7210)
  2. (tie) University UTARA Malaysia (MR 9550)
  3. (tie) International Islamic University Malaysia (MR 9550)
  4. Universiti Malaya (MR 10,930)
  5. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (MR 11,450)
  6. Lincoln University College (MR 12,300)
  7. Universiti Putra Malaysia (MR12,725)
  8. Tunku Abdul Rahman University – UTAR (MR 18,875)
  9. UCSI University (MR 19,850)
  10. Multimedia University (MR 22,185)

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