Study in Malaysia

The exciting, multicultural Malaysia sprawls across two land masses in Southeast Asia: the Malaysian peninsula and the island of Borneo. This tropical country has the honour of being one of just 17 in the world designated as ecologically megadiverse, with an incredible 20 per cent of all the world’s species living in its forests and seas. Orangutans, tigers and sea turtles are some of the rare animals that draw environmental scientists and eco-tourists to the country in their thousands. Malaysia’s history is rich with different tribes, migrants and colonisers, all of which have shaped it into an exciting cultural melting pot. It’s a unique place where you can visit a mosque, listen to an indigenous music performance, then go to an English manor house for tea and scones. Malay, Chinese, indigenous and Indian ethnic groups are prominent, with European traditions passed on from Portuguese, Dutch and British colonisers. Unsurprisingly, the food is a unique mixture of influences from around the world, with unforgettable specialities like spicy nasi lemak. The bustling capital Kuala Lumpur is home to several prominent universities, such as the University of Malaya and the International Islamic University. Outside the capital, the University of Science Malaysia ranks highly for teaching science and technology. The Malaysian government has been investing in branch campuses for international universities, and a number of these are due to open in the coming years. The University of Nottingham in the UK and Monash University in Australia already have branches in Malaysia.

If you want to study in Malaysia, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Malaysia has 7 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Malaysia is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of Malaysia below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Malaysia’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Malaysia is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

Our World University Rankings were founded in 2004 and our data are trusted by governments and universities across the world.

Browse the top-ranked universities in Malaysia

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Top universities in Malaysia

Statistics about Malaysia

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 21.48%
  • Of which, on higher education 34.01%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 29.7%
  • Population 30,331,007
  • Unemployment 2%
  • Annual GDP 4.95%
Data source: The World Bank