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Best universities in Malaysia 2023

Explore the best universities in Malaysia, based on data collected by Times Higher Education

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October 14 2022
Best universities in Malaysia


Top 3 universities in Malaysia

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Malaysia Rank 2023 World University Rank 2023 University City/area
1 351–400 University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur
=2 401–500 Universiti Teknologi Petronas Seri Iskandar
=2 401–500 Universiti Utara Malaysia Kedah Darul Aman

Malaysia is a country in South-east Asia known for its natural beauty and diverse population.

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Made up of two main land masses, the Malaysian Peninsula and Malaysian Borneo, the country is known equally for its cosmopolitan capital and its wildlife-rich rainforests.

By contrast, Kuala Lumpur – the nation’s capital – is a bustling metropolis, often used as a stepping stone to many other major South Asian destinations. Featuring the iconic Petronas Towers, the city’s impressive skyline is just one of KL’s many attractions. ​

Street food is incredibly popular, and you can expect a varied cuisine with Indian, Chinese and Malay influences.

Among all of this are some outstanding universities, which we have listed below, based on data collected for the THE World University Rankings 2023.

=2. Universiti Utara Malaysia

Universiti Utara Malaysia is a public university that was established in 1984.

The university’s three faculties focus on business, arts and sciences, and law, government and international studies.

Most undergraduate programmes are taught in English, and students are expected to pass a test to prove their proficiency in English. You must also learn the Malay language during your degree, and you will be tested on it at the end of your course.

=2. Universiti Teknologi Petronas

The Universiti Teknologi Petronas is a private research university that was established in 1997. It is owned by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), a Malaysian oil and gas company.

The university works alongside PETRONAS to conduct research in six key areas: self-sustainable building, transport infrastructure, health analytics, hydrocarbon recovery, contaminant management, and autonomous systems.

The university is located in Seri Iskandar, a town in western Malaysia.

There are two undergraduate faculties within the university: the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science and Information Technology. There is also the Centre for Foundation Studies, as well as the Centre for Graduate Studies.

1. University of Malaya

The University of Malaya, a public research university in Kuala Lumpur, is Malaysia’s oldest university, founded in 1905.

Initially established to address the shortage of doctors in the country, the university has maintained its position as a leading medical school.

It also offers bachelor’s degrees right through to doctoral qualifications across a range of other disciplines including economics, law, engineering, accountancy, linguistics and education.

The university also partners with several institutions across the globe, with links to Australia, France, Japan and the UK.

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You can also choose from a range of other universities in Malaysia.

Institutions with a focus on energy include Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN).

Away from Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) is located on the north-west coast of Borneo.

The Universiti Teknologi MARA (UITM) is the best of both worlds, with campuses in each part of Malaysia. ​

The top universities in Malaysia 2023

Click on each institution to see its full World University Rankings 2023 results

Malaysia Rank 2023 World University Rank 2023 University City/area
1  351–400  University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur
=2  401–500  Universiti Teknologi Petronas Seri Iskandar
=2  401–500  Universiti Utara Malaysia Kedah Darul Aman
=4  601–800  Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Selangor
=4  601–800  Universiti Putra Malaysia Selangor
=4  601–800  Universiti Sains Malaysia Pulau Pinang
=4  601–800  Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Johor
=8  801–1000  Universiti Malaysia Pahang Pahang
=8  801–1000  Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris Tanjong Malim
=8  801–1000  Sunway University Selangor
=8  801–1000  Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) Selangor
=12  1001–1200  Universiti Malaysia Perlis Arau
=12  1001–1200  Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Petaling Jaya
=14  1201–1500  Universiti Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur
=14  1201–1500  Universiti Malaysia Kelantan Kelantan
=14  1201–1500  Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) Sarawak
=14  1201–1500  Multimedia University Cyberjaya
=14  1201–1500  Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka Melaka
=14  1201–1500  Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) Terengganu
=14  1201–1500  Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) Batu Pahat
=21  1501+  Universiti Teknologi MARA Selangor
=21  1501+  Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Sabah
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