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5 Top Universities In Malaysia For PhD


Besides famous with traditional island life, captivating cityscapes and breathtaking tea plantations, there ‘re few top universities in Malaysia for PhD studies. Most of the top universities in Malaysia have a high ranking in both locally and internationally. You’ll experience many unique cultures, tasty foods and beautiful scenes in Malaysia during your PhD studies. Here’re 5 top universities in Malaysia for PhD.


1. Universiti Malaya (UM)

Located at Kuala Lumpur, UM is the oldest university in Malaysia. It is one of the premier research universities and top universities in Malaysia for PhD. It has 17 faculties research centres that are equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities to support your PhD research. Its Living Lab researches are focusing on RIMBA Project (biodiversity), Water Warrior (conservation and preservation of water), Zero Waste (sustainable waste management) and Mytreevolution (reduction of carbon footprint). Some noteworthy alumni include Prime Ministers of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Ungku Zeti Akhtar Aziz.

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2. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

UKM main campus is located in Bangi, Selangor also is one of the top universities in Malaysia for PhD. It is ranked amongst the top 1% of universities in the world. In 2006, UKM won the Prime Minister’s Quality Award due to the efforts in providing excellent education system. Tun Seri Lanang Library is one of the largest libraries in Malaysia which has more than 2 million journals database to support your PhD research. UKM is in partnership with Oxford University for research commercialisation. Some noteworthy alumni include astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and singer Jess Lee.

3. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Located in Serdang, UPM is strong in agriculture and forestry researches. UPM also has a strong collaboration with many world-class international universities such as University of Sheffield (UK), University of Newcastle (Australia), University of Nottingham (UK), University of Southern Queensland (Australia), Kyushu Institute of Technology (Japan), University of Melbourne (Australia), Imperial College (London) and Naresuan University (Thailand) to boost the quality of PhD researches. Some noteworthy alumni include Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and First Governor of the Malaysian State of Sabah Tun Datu Haji Mustapha bin Datu Harun.


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4. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

USM is the first university in Malaysia to implement APEX and Blue Ocean Strategy to achieve a world-class university standard. Located in Penang (main campus), USM is one of the top universities in Malaysia for PhD. It has 19 research centres that offer PhD research and innovation opportunity in the fields of sciences, art, engineering, health, dental and medical. It also offers financial support throughout your PhD studies. You can apply for the Vice-Chancellor Award, USM Fellowship, TWAS-USM Fellowship, USM VIED or USM Graduate Assistant Scheme. Some noteworthy alumni include emcee Daphne Iking and model Wilson Tan.

5. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

Located in Skudai, Johor Bahru, UTM is one of the top universities in Malaysia for PhD that focuses on engineering, science and technology. UTM has 37 research centres and more than 150 independent research groups that are equipped with up-to-date software and instruments for PhD research and innovation. Not only great in research output, UTM always emphasizes on research commercialisation. It has more than 1400 patents, 60 trademarks, 40 utility innovations, 4400 copyrights, 60 industrial designs and 15 layout designs being registered. Some noteworthy alumni include actor Melvin Sia and politician Sim Tze Tzin.




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