Monday, April 03, 2006
posted by PabloPabla at 3:25 pm

This is a list of universities in Malaysia

Public universities
  • Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
  • Universiti Malaya (UM)
  • Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
  • Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
  • Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
  • Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)
  • International Islamic University Malaysia (IIU)

Public university colleges

  • Kolej Universiti Teknikal Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Kolej Universiti Kejuruteraan Utara Malaysia
  • Kolej Universiti Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn
  • Kolej Universiti Sains & Teknologi Malaysia
  • Kolej Universiti Islam Malaysia
  • Kolej Universiti Kejuruteraan & Teknologi Malaysia

Private universities

  • HELP University College
  • University College Sedaya International
  • Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus
  • International Medical University
  • Lim Kok Wing University College of Creative Technology
  • Monash University Malaysia Campus
  • Malaysia University of Science and Technology
  • Multimedia University
  • Open University Malaysia
  • University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
  • Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Universiti Tun Abdul Razak
  • Universiti Teknologi Petronas
  • Universiti Tenaga Nasional
  • Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University College
That's 32 universities in Malaysia averaging at least 2 universities per state. And next, according to today's report in the New Straits Times:-

University to open next year

(Sulaiman Jaffar)

KOTA BARU, KELANTAN: The soon-to-be established Universiti Darul Naim is expected to admit its first group of undergraduates in July next year.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said the site for the university, however, had not been finalised.

"We are still open (on the location), but the most important thing is Kelantan will have a university.

"The students might be housed at temporary premises since the physical development of the university will not be ready by next year," he said after chairing the state action council yesterday.

The setting up of the university was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi during the tabling of the Ninth Malaysia Plan last Friday.

The Kelantan Government has offered sites in Gua Musang, Bachok and Jeli for the university.

Mustapa said details like the university’s concept had to be ironed out.

On the 9MP, which saw the allocation for Kelantan increased from RM3.7 billion to RM6.7 billion, Mustapa said the council would ensure that all projects were completed.

"Kelantan is the least developed State and has a high number of hardcore poor. We must ensure the projects reach and benefit the people."

Are we looking at numbers or quality? Do we have sufficient numbers of academics to teach and conduct research in these universities? Apart from the proposed university in Kelantan, another university is expected to be opened in Terengganu under the 9MP.

During my trips to Kota Bahru and Kuala Terengganu, I had the opportunity to converse with the local taxi drivers. Most of them lament that the youths are no longer interested to stay back in the 2 states as they are seeking greener pastures in other states especially the Klang Valley. It appears that the 2 states are no longer "exciting" to the youths.

As it is, the number of unemployed graduates each year increases and most feedback received from those who were on recruitment driver was centered along : "Lack of initiative", "Lack of confidence", "Irrelevant qualification vis a vis job applied for", "Inability to communicate effectively". Would adding 2 more universities address the problem at hand?

Anyway, I hope the university will be build on high land away from the flood prone areas in Kelantan. Otherwise, it may take longer than 3 or 4 years to complete a degree due to interruptions caused by flooding!