The Best Private Universities in Malaysia

Study at the Top Rated Private University in Malaysia

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Heriot-Watt University Malaysia is a branch campus of the top ranking Heriot-Watt University, UK
Heriot-Watt University Malaysia is a branch campus of the top ranking Heriot-Watt University, UK

A list of the top private universities or IPTS in Malaysia.

  1. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
  2. University of Reading, Malaysia
  3. Monash University Sunway
  4. Nottingham University
  5. Curtin University Sarawak
  6. Asia Pacific University
  7. UCSI University
  8. KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie
  9. Sunway University
  10. Taylors University
  11. HELP University
  12. KDU University College Penang
  13. First City University College
  14. Berjaya University College of Hospitality
  15. Nilai University

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A Guide to Choose the Best Private University in Malaysia to Study

I was lost after my UEC & my friend introduced me to EduSpiral. He gave good advise and helped me to apply to study in Singapore. Lucky Lee, Business at MDIS Singapore
I was lost after my UEC & my friend introduced me to EduSpiral. He gave good advise and helped me to apply to study in Singapore.
Lucky Lee, Business at MDIS Singapore

If you’re among the lucky who can factor more than cost and proximity into where you decide to go, studying in a private university in Malaysia is a ticket to an adventure beyond the boundaries of what you’ve experienced so far. It’s a passport to the far side of what you already know. It’s a chance to be challenged, not coddled. To be provoked, not pacified.

Does brand matter? To a point. There are indeed future employers in Malaysia who see certain degrees as seals of approval, as pre-screening of a sort. However, obtaining a degree from a famous private university will only take you so far.

Some private universities have spent millions of Ringgit throughout the years telling you that they are the best. You should objectively look at the information carefully to assess which university in Malaysia is best for you. If you do not have the necessary knowledge and skills, you won’t get far in your career.

We must be careful when choosing a private university in Malaysia as many students listen to advise from friends and relatives who are not knowledgeable offering information not supported by facts and evidence. Choosing a private university should be done carefully and objectively, not based on the number of glitzy advertisements you have heard or seen about that university.

I was confused about what to study and talking to EduSpiral helped me a lot. Coming from Sarawak made it difficult for me to know which university was best in Malaysia & EduSpiral provided good insights. Eric Lu, Business at KDU University College
I was confused about what to study and talking to EduSpiral helped me a lot. Coming from Sarawak made it difficult for me to know which university was best in Malaysia & EduSpiral provided good insights.
Eric Lu, Business at KDU University College

Talking to counselors from the private universities is a common practice to obtain the necessary information to help you to decide. You should evaluate the information provided to see if what they say is true and supported by facts and evidence. There are also many agents in Malaysia offering their services where most of the staff are young and inexperienced. They would not have the skills to guide you on this most important decision in your life.

How many of a college’s or university’s students are coming from other countries? Favour private universities with higher percentages of foreigners, because as much of your education will happen outside as inside any lecture theatre, and globalisation is here and real. The dexterity with which you can navigate other cultures — your awareness of, and openness to, them — could be more valuable than any knowledge gleaned from a book.

Choosing a university is important as it will help to shape your mind, character and help you to develop the necessary skills for a successful career. Therefore, not all private universities are the same. You should not choose a university because it is the cheapest, easiest and nearest. It should be based on which university that best fits your needs.

Many students in Malaysia also make the common mistake in choosing a university because their friends are going there. I even had one student tell me that his choice of university depends on where his girlfriend is going! This is one of the most important decisions that may change your life forever hence it should not be taken lightly.

Common Factors in Choosing the Best Private University in Malaysia to Study

Here’s a list of common criteria in choosing a top private university in Malaysia:

EduSpiral arranged for me to talk to a counselor at HELP and took me to tour their facilities. This helped me to decide which college to choose to study. Ee-Lyn, A-Levels at HELP Academy
EduSpiral arranged for me to talk to a counselor at HELP and took me to tour their facilities. This helped me to decide which college to choose to study.
Ee-Lyn, A-Levels at HELP Academy
  • Diploma and degrees offered
  • Subjects offered in the diploma or degree (Are they relevant, up-to-date, and help you to achieve your career goals)
  • Accreditation by MQA and other relevant professional bodies in Malaysia
  • Type of programme (local degree, 3+0 UK or Australian degree, 4+0 American degree, degree transfer programme, etc)
  • Entry requirements (Branch campuses in Malaysia have higher entry requirements)
  • Location of the university
  • Size of the student population
  • Student culture (English-speaking environment, ambitious, serious about studies, lifestyle or party university, etc)
  • Public vs. Private (STPM is tougher and choice of course & university is determined by the government)
  • Costs (tuition, hostel, food, transportation, etc.)
  • Financial assistance (Scholarships, PTPN Loan, EPF withdrawal, MARA Loan, etc)
  • Campus resources (labs, libraries, wifi, computer access, sports facilities, etc.)

    Not satisfied after completing our diploma at Inti & EduSpiral helped us with the credit transfer. He arranged for us to talk to lecturers & staff at APU to guide us on which IT course to study. Chin Mun & Li Ching, Business Computing at Asia Pacific University
    Not satisfied after completing our diploma at Inti & EduSpiral helped us with the credit transfer. He arranged for us to talk to lecturers & staff at APU to guide us on which IT course to study.
    Chin Mun & Li Ching, Business Computing at Asia Pacific University
  • Internship and co-op programs
  • Class size (Small class size for personal attention)
  • Faculty contact/classes taught by full-time qualified & experienced faculty
  • Quality/reputation/ranking of the private university in Malaysia
  • Safety (campus, community)
  • Make up of the student body (diversity, international students, gender, etc.)
  • Extra-curricular activities (Student organisations, clubs, sports, etc.)
  • Housing options (on-campus, off-campus apartments)
  • Student support services
  • Intake dates

Ask a Knowledgeable & Experienced Education Consultant to Help you Make the Right Choice

Choosing a course to study after SPM, UEC, STPM, O-Levels or A-Levels is not a science, it is a process

Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral, has more than 15 years of experience counseling thousands of students on how to choose the right course & university
Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral, has more than 15 years of experience counseling thousands of students on how to choose the right course & university

in finding out who you are and what you are good at. An experienced Education Advisor would be invaluable in assisting you to choose the right course. Students need to talk to the right education counselors so that you get the right information to help you in making this life-changing decision.

Ask the right Education Counselors. Would you ask a Doctor on how to repair your car? Or would you ask a mechanic for medical advise? Although this sounds ridiculous, but many students do listen to advise from young and inexperienced counselors from universities, colleges or agents’ offices.  Talking to an experienced education advisor would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.

Experienced education counselors are able to analyse your interests, personality and exam results

EduSpiral took these students separately to tour the campus and provided course counseling to help them make the right choice. Kian Yong (Mechanical Engineering), Yammie (Business), & Kenneth Pang (Architecture) at UCSI University's Orientation
EduSpiral took these students separately to tour the campus and provided course counseling to help them make the right choice. Kian Yong (Mechanical Engineering), Yammie (Business), & Kenneth Pang (Architecture) at UCSI University’s Orientation

to help you make a list of possible courses for consideration. EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students. Having worked in the private education industry, we have in-depth knowledge of each private university and college in what they are good at.

EduSpiral Consultant Services has worked with our partner universities and colleges for many years while the counselors at the private universities or agents’ offices change every few years therefore they would not have the in-depth knowledge of the courses and the university that they are working at.

What to Study After SPM?

Students who are not sure of what to study after SPM can contact EduSpiral Consultant Services to help guide you to choose the right course and university. There are many Pre-University or Diploma programmes that you can go for after SPM so it can be confusing for you to choose the right one.

Choosing the right university can be confusing and depends on a lot of factors like your budget, results, passion, skills and career goals.

Students interested on how to choose the best universities in Malaysia for the particular courses like the ones below can contact me for more information:

Some of the Best Pre-University & Degree Programmes to Study in Malaysia

Pre-University Programmes in Malaysia

I was confused about what to study and to find an affordable college. After advising me, EduSpiral took me to visit the college campus which helped me to decide. Teck Sang, Hotel & Tourism Management at Reliance College
I was confused about what to study and to find an affordable college. After advising me, EduSpiral took me to visit the college campus which helped me to decide.
Teck Sang, Hotel & Tourism Management at Reliance College

Engineering and Built Environment Courses in Malaysia

Computing and Information Technology Courses in Malaysia

I was confused about what to study and talking to EduSpiral gave me a sense of direction. Hoh Ching, Diploma in Creative Media at KDU University College Penang
I was confused about what to study and talking to EduSpiral gave me a sense of direction.
Hoh Ching, Diploma in Creative Media at KDU University College Penang

Applied and Health Sciences in Malaysia

Business Courses in Malaysia

Social Science Courses in Malaysia

Design Courses in Malaysia

Hospitality and Culinary Arts Courses in Malaysia

Education and Music Courses in Malaysia

Top Scholarships Available from Top Private Universities in Malaysia

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Established since 2009, EduSpiral Consultant Services helps provide information and counselling on courses and universities in Malaysia and Singapore.

“EduSpiral talked to me to find out my interests and career goals. He took me to a few universities to tour the campuses to see which one fit me best. EduSpiral helped me choose the right course at the right university.”

EduSpiral Consultant Services represents the best colleges and universities in Malaysia offering a wide range of choices for students to choose from. These colleges and universities offer value for money in the quality of education and excellent facilities that you get.

These universities and colleges are chosen by EduSpiral because they represent the best in their fields in Malaysia and affordable. EduSpiral provides in-depth information and counseling on their courses so that students are able to make the right choice.

If you are still not sure what to study, please contact us and we will send you a free EduSpiral Career Assessment Form.

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Study at the Best College for the Diploma in Interior Design College in Malaysia at Saito College

Top College for Diploma in Interior Design in Malaysia

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In order to succeed in the competitive world of interior design, students must choose the best college in Malaysia for interior design to study at so that they can gain the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed. Students after SPM or O-Levels can enter the 2.5-year Diploma in Interior Design at Saito College with at least 3 credits.

The interior design course has been gaining popularity in Malaysia in the past few years as Malaysians have become more affluent as well as being aware of the importance of aesthetics to our well being in our living environment or branding in our business environment.

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Top College in Malaysia for Diploma in Interior Design at Saito College

Saito College is a specialist design college strategically located near the lrt, banks and restaurants.
Saito College is a specialist design college strategically located near the lrt, banks and restaurants.

With more than 20 years of experience, Saito College is one of the best colleges for multimedia design in Malaysia with many award-winning students, highly experienced & qualified lecturers and having produced thousands of graduates highly in demand by the industry. Not only Saito College is a top college in design in Malaysia, their fees are also affordable therefore making it accessible to students to achieve their dreams.

Saito College achieved a 6 Star rating in the 2013 Malaysia Quality Evaluation System (MyQuest) which is the highest for colleges in Malaysia.

In 2015, Ee Meng Chyi won Silver for the Interior Design Category in the prestigious Nippon Paint Young Designer Award. The competition draws participants from top private colleges, private & public universities in Malaysia. The Nippon Paint Young Designer Award (NPYDA) is organised by Nippon Paint and gives recognition to young, talented designers.

Entry Requirements for Design Diploma Courses at Saito College

The minimum entry requirement for the diploma programme is one of the following:

  • SPM Certificate with three credits
  • Senior Middle Three UEC with 3Bs
  • GCE/’O’ Levels certificate or equivalent with three credits

Students who do not fulfill the entry requirements listed above can still enter into our Certificate of Creative Design course before continuing on with their diploma.

Minimum entry requirements for the Certificate in Creative Design will be as follows:

  • SPM Certificate with at least one credit
  • GCE/’O’ Levels certificate or equivalent with at least one credit.

YEAR 1 Subjects for the Diploma in Interior Design at Saito College

Interior Design work by Saito College student
Interior Design work by Saito College student
  • Technical Drawing
  • Design Principles
  • Environmental Psychology
  • History Of Architecture
  • Business Ethics & Etiquette
  • Mata Pelajaran Pengajian Umum 1
  • Interior Design 1 (Space)
  • Visual Communication
  • Autocad 1 (Basic)
  • History Of Design
  • Mata Pelajaran Pengajian Umum 2
  • Interior Design 2 (Residential)

YEAR 2 Subjects for the Diploma in Multimedia Design at Saito College

3D Rendering by Interior Design student at Saito College
3D Rendering by Interior Design student at Saito College
  • Building Construction 1
  • Interior Design 3 (Commercial)
  • Autocad 2 (Intermediate)
  • Building Construction 2
  • Interior Materials & Furnishing
  • Mata Pelajaran Pengajian Umum 3
  • Interior Design 4- Institutional
  • Autocad 3 (Advanced)
  • Furniture Design 1
  • Building Construction 3
  • Environmental Science & Services
  • Interior Design 5 (Hospitality)
  • Furniture Design 2
  • Professional Practice

YEAR 3 Subjects for the Diploma in Multimedia Design at Saito College

3D Rendering by Interior Design student at Saito College
3D Rendering by Interior Design student at Saito College
  • INTERNSHIP
  • Interior Design 6
  • Furniture Design 3
  • Mata Pelajaran Pengajian Umum 4
  • Contract & Project Management

Adobe Certification

You will be trained in design software by Adobe Certified Instructors (ACI). You can choose to take the Adobe Certification Exam during your study in Saito College to become an Adobe Certified Associate. Adobe Certification is recognised worldwide as the de facto Design Certification.

Internships for Interior Design Students at Saito College

Internship is compulsory within the academic curricular. It is the pre-arranged programme of student attachment with companies within the industry for 3-6 months period. Students will be awarded credits for the internship. Students benefit greatly from these internship attachments as they have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge into real life projects with the help of working professionals.

Excellent Design Facilities at Saito College

The teaching facilities in Saito College consist of up-to-date MacLab and PC Labs, Art & Design studios, Canon EOS Photography Studio, Video Editing Suit and workstations. Besides that the college also provides wireless broadband internet in the library and within the college compound.

About Saito College
EduSpiral met me & my parents at Saito College to explain in detail about the course and took us around for a tour. That helped us to make a good decision. Kin Fen, Design student at Saito College
EduSpiral met me & my parents at Saito College to explain in detail about the course and took us around for a tour. That helped us to make a good decision.
Kin Fen, Design student at Saito College

Established in 1988 by it’s founder, Mr. Tetsuo Saito, Saito College has emerged as one of the most reputable design and professional colleges in Malaysia. It has produced more than 8000 graduates.

Saito is internationally recognised and the diplomas are accredited by MQA and approved by the Ministry of Education.

Their courses have curriculum that combines sound understanding and skills inthe subject area and understanding of industry expectation to enable our students to “hit the ground running” when they embark on their careers. Saito’s graduates have consistently been sought after by industries as they graduate.

Students at Saito also have an added advantage of working with industry experts who act as their mentors or master trainers.

Canon 'PhotoMarathon Malaysia 2013' Competition JUNIOR CATEGORY Champion - Ong Kai Wei from Saito College
Canon ‘PhotoMarathon Malaysia 2013’ Competition JUNIOR CATEGORY Champion – Ong Kai Wei from Saito College

This unique teaching methodology has proven effective in learning the latest trends in the industry thus it is dubbed as “Industry as Classroom and Learning at Saito is Enjoyable” because teaching and learning takes place in and outside the classrooms using diverse teaching methodologies.

All students are given free classes in communication skills and interpersonal skills to prepare them to face challenges in their endeavours upon graduation. In addition students are encouraged to become members of professional bodies and international clubs like Toastmasters International. All these activities give Saito students an advantage over the others when they enter the job market.

Award-winning Design College in Malaysia

Saito College has been accredited to 6-Star rating by our Malaysian Quality Evaluation System for Private Colleges (known as MyQUEST)on five main criteria, which is are Students, Resources, Quality Management Systems, Programmes Recognition, and Graduate Recognition 

Saito students participate actively in national and international level competitions. The students have won the following awards over the years.

Name/Date Competition/Event Position
Chloe Liew Wai Ee Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Individual
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
1st Prize Winner
Lam Chen Jing Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Individual
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
2nd Prize Winner
Goh Jea Ann Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Individual
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
3rd Prize Winner
Teo Sin Yee Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Individual
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Special Prize
Wong Yoke Qin Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Individual
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Special Prize
Ee Meng Chyi Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Individual
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Special Prize
Alex Kok Tai Pin Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Individual
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Special Prize
Lim Jian Hao Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Individual
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Special Prize
Ho Jing Wei Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Individual
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Consolation Prize
Wong Kar Hung Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Individual
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Consolation Prize
Wong Wei Heng Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Individual
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Consolation Prize
Lau Hong Kit Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Individual
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Consolation Prize
26 Aug 2013 
Wong Seng Yip Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
1st Prize Winner
[1st Group]
Wong Shi Lee Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
1st Prize Winner
[1st Group]
Chan Chun Hou Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
1st Prize Winner
[1st Group]
Ng Kai Ern Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
2nd Prize Winner
[2nd Group]
Ong Chen Wen Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
2nd Prize Winner
[2nd Group]
Loke Ji Sin Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
3rd Prize Winner
[3rd Group]
Lee Tieng Chiew Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
3rd Prize Winner
[3rd Group]
Ng Kawai Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
3rd Prize Winner
[3rd Group]
Chong Jia Qing Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Consolation Prize
[4th Group]
Foo Way Kee Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
 Consolation Prize
[4th Group]
Chan Hui Siang Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Consolation Prize
[4th Group]
Liaw Yung Lim Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Consolation Prize
[5th Group]
Lim Ming Hao Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Consolation Prize
[5th Group]
Tee Zwu Shyan Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Consolation Prize
[6th Group]
Wong In Nuance Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Consolation Prize
[6th Group]
Chiew Burk Soon Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Consolation Prize
[7th Group]
Chia Sen Chung Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Consolation Prize
[7th Group]
Chin Yoke Fong Eco Lighting Design Challenge Competition – Group
[organized by Sungei Wang Plaza]
Consolation Prize
[7th Group]
27 Feb 2013
Ken Lee Tieng Chiew ASASHI Wallpaper Design Competition
[organized by ASASHI]
Winner (Canon Printer)
27 Jan 2013 Consolation Prize
Lee Jass Sin VIVA HOME Chinese Painting Competition
[organized by CUTOUT Magazine]
Grand Prize
Cha See Wei VIVA HOME Chinese Painting Competition
[organized by CUTOUT Magazine]
Consolation Prize
Ken Lee Tieng Chiew VIVA HOME Chinese Painting Competition
[organized by CUTOUT Magazine]
Consolation Prize
20 July 2013
Ng Ka Wai 02 city “A Welcoming Grand Entrance” Design Competition
[organized by 02 City Puchong]
Top 5 Winner [Group]
Ken Liew Tieng Chiew 02 city “A Welcoming Grand Entrance” Design Competition
[organized by 02 City Puchong]
Top 5 Winner [Group]
Loke Ji Sin 02 city “A Welcoming Grand Entrance” Design Competition
[organized by 02 City Puchong]

EduSpiral Consultant Services- Your Personal Online Education Advisor

Established since 2009, EduSpiral Consultant Services helps provide information and counselling on

courses and universities in Malaysia & Singapore. EduSpiral Consultant Services also represents MDIS Singapore and PSB Academy Singapore.

After my results came out, I was lost and didn't know where to study. EduSpiral met me and my parents and took us around the campus to help me make the right choice. Kin Fen, Design course at Saito College
After my results came out, I was lost and didn’t know where to study. EduSpiral met me and my parents and took us around the campus to help me make the right choice.
Kin Fen, Design course at Saito College

EduSpiral Consultant Services represents the best colleges and universities in Malaysia offering a wide range of choices for students to choose from. These colleges and universities offer value for money in the quality of education and excellent facilities that you get.

These universities and colleges are chosen by EduSpiral because they represent the best in their fields in Malaysia and affordable. EduSpiral provides in-depth information and counseling on their courses so that students are able to make the right choice.

If you are still not sure what to study, please contact us and we will send you a free EduSpiral Career Assessment Form.

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The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing the Best University in Malaysia that Fits You

How to Choose the Best Private University in Malaysia that Fits You

Choosing the right university after SPM, O-Levels or UEC exams takes time to decide. Students should visit the university campuses and talk to the staff and lecturers there to find out more about the courses, subjects and focus. Make sure you check their facts to see what they say is true.

EduSpiral picked us up from KL Sentral to tour the universities in KL. They provided in depth information which helped me make the right decision for my career. Wen Hao, Biotechnology at UCSI University
EduSpiral picked us up from KL Sentral to tour the universities in KL. They provided in depth information which helped me make the right decision for my career.
Wen Hao, Biotechnology at UCSI University

Students after SPM, UEC and O-Levels should take time to see if the environment and facilities of the private universities in Malaysia are good and that the students communicate in English there. EduSpiral Consultant Services takes students to visit the universities’ campuses to take them around for a tour and to give them in-depth counseling so that they are able to make a wise decision about their future.

Some students choose their university because their friends are going there, or because their relatives said it was good, or the university was famous or glamourous. These are valid reasons but should not be the main reason in choosing the university that would determine your future success.

Remember, you are choosing a university that will help to prepare you to work for the next 60 years of your life. If the university doesn’t equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills, you would get a low salary for the next 60 years of your life.

When making a decision, it is important to decide based on facts and evidence. Many students have told me that they chose a university because their auntie or uncle said that it was good.

But the question is, “What is their definition of good?” What is actually specifically good about the university? They don’t check to verify what is actually good.

When we ask these uncles and aunties this question, they would say because they have heard of the university before or someone told them that it was good. Now, that’s not a really good guide on choosing the university.

You must make your decisions based on facts and evidence, not on hearsay or gossip that is not supported by statistic, research, report or evidence. The decisions that you make now can change your life forever.

Many students spend more time doing research to buy your mobile phone than on choosing the university. Don’t you think spending time doing research and asking the right people about the university that could determine your future is more important? Would you ask a Doctor on how to repair your car?

Ten Reasons on how NOT to Choose a University to Study at

Even though KBU is not
Even though KBU is not “famous” but after we told these students that KBU International College had won many awards for Interior Design, they decided to join KBU.
  1. My Uncle and Auntie said that the university is good but gave no solid reasons
  2. It has the cheapest course that I want
  3. I have seen a lot of the ads so it must be good
  4. It is the nearest university to my house
  5. My friends are going there
  6. Got offered a Full scholarship
  7. Got discount or free iPad
  8. The university’s counselor told me that it is the best university to study at
  9. I like the lake and lifestyle there
  10. The university is famous for one area of study so I assume that it must be the best for everything else related to that area. For example, one academy is famous for 3D Animation & multimedia design, so I assume that it is the best for Interior Design even though the academy had not won any awards for the course.

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Now, choosing to go to a university based on any one of the reasons above is not wrong as long as it is supported by other valid reasons for going there.

The best university in Malaysia may not be the best university for you. In order to choose the right university that best fits you, you have to look at a few important points:

Know yourself in order to choose the right university in Malaysia

Choose the university in Malaysia with the best facilities

A campus tour with professional advise helps EduSpiral's students to make a better decision. Pic - Some of our clients touring Asia Pacific University
A campus tour with professional advise helps EduSpiral’s students to make a better decision. Pic – Some of our clients touring Asia Pacific University
  • The most expensive universities doesn’t mean that they are the best. The university should have adequate facilities in order to run the course.
  • If you do not have opportunities to work with the tools or equipment, you won’t get the training needed.
  • I know of students who would pay RM30,000 for a diploma at a college in KL city without any sports facilities or a student centre when they can get a university with more facilities for the same diploma at a slightly cheaper fee. You should visit the universities before making a final decision.
  • Visit the university to see if they have the necessary facilities for the course such as the engineering labs, pharmacy labs, computer software, biotechnology labs, recording studio, photo studio, computer labs, wifi connections etc.
  • If you like sports, look for a university with the necessary facilities to support your interests.

Choose a university in Malaysia that’s recognised with years of experience

  • An experienced university would be approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Education and have its courses accredited by
    After chatting with EduSpiral on Facebook, I knew which course and university to join. They even picked me up from KL Sentral to drop me off at my hostel. Dexter Leung, A-Levels at HELP University
    After chatting with EduSpiral on Facebook, I knew which course and university to join. They even picked me up from KL Sentral to drop me off at my hostel.
    Dexter Leung, A-Levels at HELP University

    MQA.

  • The experienced university would have its courses accredited or recognised by the various professional bodies such as the Board of Engineers Malaysia, Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia, Pharmacy Board, Nursing Board, Malaysian Medical Council, etc.
  • With years of experience, the university would have set in place systems that work, have networks with the industry, and the industry would know the university’s graduates.
  • Universities with experience have won awards or their students have won awards in the various fields of study thus providing evidence that the programme there is good.
  • How long has the university or college been established?
  • How long has the course been offered at the university?
  • What is the experience of the lecturers? Do they have at least a Masters degree with teaching experience? Are they fresh graduates?

I know of a student whose mother decided to enrol him at a university in Nilai for the diploma in IT because of a 20% discount. Instead of sending him to a more expensive university which is the best for IT, she wanted to “save” on the cost. The student told me that his first day of class, there were 20 students. 1 year later, only 10 students remain in the course.

The same university also discontinued the Electrical & Electronic degree programme and told about 50 current students to change to a different university to continue their course. Although the students were given a refund for the course, it still does not justify their action. The university is not famous for the engineering courses as well. Students chose the university because of the many ads the university had put up.

Recently, a student chose to study at a college which had been upgraded to university college status. He chose to study engineering there even though I told him that the college has no experience running the degree course, the college is not famous for engineering, the engineering course is not accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia. I guess he just chose to study there because it is cheap.

Choose a university in Malaysia that has good Quality

After I finished my SPM, I felt confused about my further study. Because of Eduspiral, I am able to pursue my studies at Asia Pacific University. Eduspiral, was so patient to answer all my questions and even brought me to visit the university when I went to KL alone. Jeremy Lee, APU scholarship student
After I finished my SPM, I felt confused about my further study. Because of Eduspiral, I am able to pursue my studies at Asia Pacific University. Eduspiral, was so patient to answer all my questions and even brought me to visit the university when I went to KL alone. Jeremy Lee, APU scholarship student

It is difficult to find out whether the quality of the course at the university is good because Malaysia doesn’t have a ranking system. The SETARA 2013 & 2011 for universities and MyQuest for colleges can be used as a guide but do not follow it blindly.

You can also determine the quality of the course by looking at the following:

  1. How many students does the university have for the course?
  2. How long has the course been offered at the university?
  3. What do other students say about this course at the university?
  4. Is the university famous for this course?
  5. What are the awards won by the students in this course?

Choose a university with an English-speaking student environment

After counseling the student online, EduSpiral met the student & family at KDU College Penang to tour & finally register for the engineering course
After counseling the student online, EduSpiral met the student & family at KDU College Penang to tour & finally register for the engineering course
  • A strong command of the English language is necessary for a successful future career. A campus where the students communicate well in English will help you to improve your communication skills.
  • Research has shown that graduates with a good command of the English language earn higher salaries and get promoted faster than those who are weak.
  • Star newspaper reported that in a research, graduates with a good command of the English language gets a 25% higher salary and achieves promotions quicker. If you want to pass a job interview at a Multi-National Company, you will need to be able to communicate well in English.
  • You cannot tell your future employer during the interview that you would take English courses to improve if they offer you the job. By that time, it is too late.

How much is the budget you have to study in Malaysia?

EduSpiral took my father & I to visit KDU University College and talk to the Game Technology lecturer & Head. I was able to make a good decision in choosing the right university. Choon Meng, Game Technology at KDU University College
EduSpiral took my father & I to visit KDU University College and talk to the Game Technology lecturer & Head. I was able to make a good decision in choosing the right university.
Choon Meng, Game Technology at KDU University College

A lot of students I talk to do not know how much the budget is for their university studies. Some also say that their parents also do not know how much they have saved for their education. You should sit down and talk to your parents to find out how much they have set aside or are willing to pay for your education. Private education can cost from RM30,000 to RM100,000 not including the cost of living.

If you are buying a phone, the first thing you decide is the budget so that you will know which model would suit your budget. There is no point to go looking at HTC One or iPhone 5S when your budget is only RM1,000.

You are going to join a university that would shape you into what you will become for the next 60 years of your life. It is important to invest some money for this very important decision.

  • Many students have no idea how much their parents have set aside for their studies. It is like going to test drive a BMW and then tell the sales person that you don’t have the money for it. Don’t take it as an insult but it will sure save a lot of time if you know how much your parents have set aside for your studies.
  • Do ask your parents how much they are willing to spend. You can take the PTPN Loan and your parents can withdraw from their EPF for your studies. If you don’t plan, you won’t get there.
  • Financial aids are available such as scholarships, PTPN loan, EPF withdrawal, KOJADI loan, MARA Loan, and others.

Cheapest courses may not have the best environment, expensive courses may not be the best

When EduSpiral students tour the campus & see the environment for themselves, it helps them to decide whether the university fits them. Pic - Students touring the library at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
When EduSpiral students tour the campus & see the environment for themselves, it helps them to decide whether the university fits them. Pic – Students touring the library at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

If your command of the English language is not strong, choosing a cheap course at a university with a Mandarin-speaking environment may not help you to improve your communication skills. Remember, you may “save” a few thousand Ringgit during the 4 years of study at the cheap university but if you don’t get the necessary skills and knowledge, you will not be able to save money for the next 60 years of your work life because of low salary.

Famous doesn’t mean the university is good

Just because a university is “famous” because of a lot of advertisements doesn’t mean that the university is good in quality. You must ask yourself, what exactly is “good” about that university. Are  you choosing the university because you have heard a lot about it from friends and advertisements? List down what are the good points of the university and the course that you are interested in and then you will be able to make a better decision.

Accessibility

It is important to visit the university or college to see what are the amenities nearby such as banks, restaurants or food courts, LRT stations or bus stops, hypermarkets, and accommodation.

You can go for an expensive university by a lake and then find out that you have to drive out of campus to have lunch because there are no shops within walking distance.

Student culture at the university in Malaysia

“EdusSpiral counseled me through Facebook providing valuable information and advise. My application to Curtin University Sarawak went smoothly.”
Kai Chun, Chemical Engineering at Curtin Sarawak

Every university has its own university culture. Some are party universities, some are top academic environments, some are middle-class, some are mainly Mandarin-speaking students, some are serious, etc.

It is important to choose a university where the student culture fits who you are. However, for some, even if it fits you, it may not be the best choice. Party universities can be distracting to your studies. Mandarin-speaking campuses may not help you to improve your English language skills.

Is the investment worth it?

If your parents are rich, then this doesn’t matter. If not, then you must ask yourself if paying RM50,000 for a diploma to become a mechanic with a salary of RM1,200-RM1,500 is worth the investment. Or paying RM60,000 for a diploma in 3D-animation or fashion design is worth the sacrifice.

Some students would pay more than RM100,000 for a lifestyle university by the lake famous only in Malaysia because of a lot of advertisements compared to paying the same amount for Heriot-Watt University Malaysia or Curtin University Sarawak which are ranked top in the world.

Personal Attention by the Lecturers

Even though the fees may be cheap but if there are too many students in the class, you may not get the personal attention that you need from the lecturer. Especially in technical & design courses, it is very important that the classes are small so that the lecturer can guide you, provide criticisms & suggestions for you to improve.

EduSpiral Represents the Best Colleges and Universities in Malaysia

EduSpiral Consultant Services is an officially appointed representative of top universities and colleges in Malaysia to provide counselling and information on their courses. We get to know our students personally to guide them on making this life-changing decision from our years of experience in higher education through providing information that is supported by facts and evidence, and taking students to tour the campuses.

We have helped hundreds of students to choose the right course and university that best fit their needs. EduSpiral Consultant Services represents

Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral Consultant Services, has more than 20 years of experience in counseling students and helping them change the world!
Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral Consultant Services, has more than 20 years of experience in counseling students and helping them change the world!

top universities and colleges such as:

EduSpiral Consultant Services- Your Personal Online Education Advisor

Established since 2009, EduSpiral Consultant Services helps provide information and counselling

We didn't know which college fit us, so, EduSpiral picked us up from KL Sentral and took us to visit 4 universities to help us make a wise decision. SMJK Kwang Hwa Klang students, now studying Hospitality & Tourism at Reliance College KL
We didn’t know which college fit us, so, EduSpiral picked us up from KL Sentral and took us to visit 4 universities to help us make a wise decision.
SMJK Kwang Hwa Klang students, now studying Hospitality & Tourism at Reliance College KL

on courses and universities in Malaysia & Singapore. EduSpiral Consultant Services also represents Northampton University, UK, MDIS Singapore and PSB Academy Singapore.

EduSpiral Consultant Services represents the best colleges and universities in Malaysia offering a wide range of choices for students to choose from. These colleges and universities offer value for money in the quality of education and excellent facilities that you get.

These universities and colleges are chosen by EduSpiral because they represent the best in their fields in Malaysia and affordable. EduSpiral provides in-depth information and counseling on their courses so that students are able to make the right choice.

If you are still not sure what to study, please contact us and we will send you a free EduSpiral Career Assessment Form.

Please contact us for more details.

Please fill up the form for more information. If you do not give your mobile number or full name as in IC, your query will not be answered. Please make sure you give a correct email address and check your email including the SPAM or JUNK email folder within 48 hours as we will email you the information. 

Top 10 Private Colleges in Malaysia

Best Private Colleges in Malaysia in their various fields of study

A list of the top private colleges in Malaysia.

determine the most suitable course and career progression.

  1. Taylor’s College Subang Jaya and Sri Hartamas

    EduSpiral advised me to go for the best college for A-Levels in order to fulfil my dream of entering an Ivy League university in the USA. He met us at Taylor’s College Subang to talk to us and tour the college.
    Gi Hang, A-Levels at Taylor’s College
  2. APIIT
  3. KDU Penang University College
  4. KDU College Damansara Jaya
  5. First City University College
  6. YTL International College of Hotel Management
  7. IACT College
  8. Saito College
  9. Point College
  10. Reliance College

What to Study After SPM?

Students who are not sure of what to study after SPM can contact EduSpiral Consultant Services to help guide you to choose the right course and university.

There are many Pre-University or Diploma programmes that you can go for after SPM so it can be confusing for you to choose the right one.

Choosing the right College can be confusing and depends on a lot of factors like your budget, results, passion, skills and career goals. Students interested on how to choose the best college in Malaysia for the particular courses like the ones below can contact me for more information:

For more information Whatsapp 01111408838

Please fill up the form for more information. If you do not give your mobile number or full name as in IC, your query will not be answered. Please make sure you give a correct email address and check your email including the SPAM or JUNK email folder within 48 hours as we will email you the information. 

How to Choose the Best Private College to Study in Malaysia

I contacted EduSpiral to find an affordable college for culinary arts. He arranged to take me and my mother to tour the college that had excellent facilities and where I could learn without paying too much.
Fu Wei, Diploma in Culinary Arts at YTL International College of Hotel Management

The best private colleges in Malaysia have excellent facilities, years of experience running the programme, strong student support services, internships and experienced lecturers. They are also accredited by MQA and approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Education.

The best private college in Malaysia will focus on quality, have award winners for the particular courses, years of experience offering the particular course, highly experienced lecturers, a good study environment (not a party university), internships, good mix of international & local students, extra-curricular activities and good facilities. The SETARA ranking is a guide for students to assess the quality of a private university in Malaysia.

When choosing a college in Malaysia, it is important for students to visit the campus and see the facilities and feel the culture of the students to see if it fits you. Talk to the lecturers and find out from the counselors there about the courses and check if the courses have been accredited by MQA.

The environment should be one where students speak mostly in English so that you can improve

After my results came out, I was lost and didn’t know where to study. EduSpiral met me and my parents and took us around the campus to help me make the right choice.
Kin Fen, Design course at Saito College

your English and communication skills. If you are weak in English and choose a cheap university where the students speak mainly in Mandarin, it will be difficult for you to improve your English.

Star newspaper has reported that graduates with good English earn 25% higher salary and get faster promotion. The Ministry of Education reported that there were more than 70,000 public university jobless graduates and one of the main reasons was poor command of the English language.

Would you rather suffer for 4 years and get a high salary for 60 years of your work life or an easy 4 years and low salary for 60 years? The decisions that you make now, can change your life forever. Remember the best university doesn’t mean it is the best university for you. The best university is one that fits your career goals, your personality and can push you to a higher level of success.

Common Factors in Choosing the Best Private University in Malaysia to Study

Here’s a list of common criteria in choosing a top private college in Malaysia:

EduSpiral arranged for me to talk to a counselor at HELP and took me to tour their facilities. This helped me to decide which college to choose to study. Ee-Lyn, A-Levels at HELP Academy
EduSpiral arranged for me to talk to a counselor at HELP and took me to tour their facilities. This helped me to decide which college to choose to study.
Ee-Lyn, A-Levels at HELP Academy
  • Diploma and degrees offered
  • Subjects offered in the diploma or degree (Are they relevant, up-to-date, and help you to achieve your career goals)
  • Accreditation by MQA and other relevant professional bodies in Malaysia
  • Type of programme (local degree, 3+0 UK or Australian degree, 4+0 American degree, degree transfer programme, etc)
  • Entry requirements (Branch campuses in Malaysia have higher entry requirements)
  • Location of the university
  • Size of the student population
  • Student culture (English-speaking environment, ambitious, serious about studies, lifestyle or party university, etc)
  • Public vs. Private (STPM is tougher and choice of course & university is determined by the government)
  • Costs (tuition, hostel, food, transportation, etc.)
  • Financial assistance (Scholarships, PTPN Loan, EPF withdrawal, MARA Loan, etc)
  • Campus resources (labs, libraries, wifi, computer access, sports facilities, etc.)

    Not satisfied after completing our diploma at Inti & EduSpiral helped us with the credit transfer. He arranged for us to talk to lecturers & staff at APU to guide us on which IT course to study. Chin Mun & Li Ching, Business Computing at Asia Pacific University
    Not satisfied after completing our diploma at Inti & EduSpiral helped us with the credit transfer. He arranged for us to talk to lecturers & staff at APIIT to guide us on which IT course to study.
    Chin Mun & Li Ching, Business Computing at APIIT
  • Internship and co-op programs
  • Class size (Small class size for personal attention)
  • Faculty contact/classes taught by full-time qualified & experienced faculty
  • Quality/reputation/ranking of the private university in Malaysia
  • Safety (campus, community)
  • Make up of the student body (diversity, international students, gender, etc.)
  • Extra-curricular activities (Student organisations, clubs, sports, etc.)
  • Housing options (on-campus, off-campus apartments)
  • Student support services
  • Intake dates

Talk to the Best Education Consultant in Malaysia to Help you Make the Right Choice in your Studies

Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral, has more than 15 years of experience counseling thousands of students on how to choose the right course & university
Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral, has more than 15 years of experience counseling thousands of students on how to choose the right course & university

Choosing a course to study after SPM is not a science, it is a process

Students in Malaysia need to talk to the right education counselors so that you get the right information to help you in making this life-changing decision.

Ask the right Education Counselors in Malaysia to help you. Would you ask a Doctor on how to repair your car? Or would you ask a mechanic for medical advise? Although this sounds ridiculous, but many students do listen to advise from young and inexperienced counselors from universities, colleges or agents’ offices.  Talking to an experienced education advisor in Malaysia would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.

Experienced education counselors are able to analyse your interests, personality and exam results

EduSpiral took these students separately to tour the campus and provided course counseling to help them make the right choice. Kian Yong (Mechanical Engineering), Yammie (Business), & Kenneth Pang (Architecture) at UCSI University's Orientation
EduSpiral took these students separately to tour the campus and provided course counseling to help them make the right choice. Kian Yong (Mechanical Engineering), Yammie (Business), & Kenneth Pang (Architecture) at UCSI University’s Orientation

to help you make a list of possible courses for consideration. EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students. Having worked in the private education industry, we have in-depth knowledge of each private university and college in what they are good at.

EduSpiral Consultant Services has worked with our partner universities and colleges for many years while the counselors at the private universities or agents’ offices change every few years therefore they would not have the in-depth knowledge of the courses and the university that they are working at.

At EduSpiral Consultant Services, I have worked in the private higher education industry in Malaysia for more than 15 years advising students with facts and evidence on how to choose the right course after SPM. You should carefully think about what are the options available to you. To choose the best course that fits you, students may fill up our EduSpiral Career Assessment form for evaluation.

The EduSpiral Career Assessment form is a simple form designed by us that gathers information from students after SPM, O-Levels, UEC, STPM or A-Levels in order to assess their aptitude helping us to determine the most suitable course and career progression.

Best Courses to Study at Top Private Colleges in Malaysia

Pre-University Courses

Engineering and Built Environment

Computing and IT

Applied and Health Sciences in Malaysia

I met EduSpiral at their fair and then at Old Town for more counseling. They then met me at the college to help with the application. Zhi Leong, ADP at HELP College of Arts & Technology
I met EduSpiral at their fair and then at Old Town for more counseling. They then met me at the college to help with the application.
Zhi Leong, ADP at HELP College of Arts & Technology

Business Courses in Malaysia

Social Science Courses in Malaysia

Design Courses in Malaysia

Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts Courses in Malaysia

Education and Music Courses in Malaysia

EduSpiral Consultant Services- Your Personal Online Education Advisor

Established since 2009, EduSpiral Consultant Services helps provide information and counselling on courses and universities in Malaysia.

Talking to EduSpiral on Facebook helped me to find my direction in life and to choose the right college that fit my career goals. Austin Ang, Hospitality at KDU College Penang
Talking to EduSpiral on Facebook helped me to find my direction in life and to choose the right college that fit my career goals.
Austin Ang, Hospitality at KDU College Penang

EduSpiral Consultant Services represents the best colleges and universities in Malaysia offering a wide range of choices for students to choose from. These colleges and universities offer value for money in the quality of education and excellent facilities that you get.

These universities and colleges are chosen by EduSpiral because they represent the best in their fields in Malaysia and affordable. EduSpiral provides in-depth information and counseling on their courses so that students are able to make the right choice.

If you are still not sure what to study, please contact us and we will send you a free EduSpiral Career Assessment Form.

Please contact us for more details.

Please fill up the form for more information. If you do not give your mobile number or full name as in IC, your query will not be answered. Please make sure you give a correct email address and check your email including the SPAM or JUNK email folder within 48 hours as we will email you the information. 

Helping Malaysian Students Choose the Best Courses & Top Private Universities to Study in Malaysia after High School

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