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University of Malaya

3.7 out of 5 (15 ratings / 14 reviews) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The University of Malaya intends to undertake teaching and learning, conduct research and services of quality, generate and advance knowledge through continuous improvement efforts for the benefit of all customers, in particular the students of the University of Malaya.

Master's Programmes

Medicine & Health (39)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Journalism & Media (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



It was founded on 28 September 1905 in Singapore as the King Edward VII College of Medicine and on 8th October 1949, it became the University of Malaya with the merger of the King Edward VII College of Medicine and Raffles College (founded in 1928).


The Careers and Industrial Relationships Unit is a new unit under the Student Affairs and Alumni Department. This unit was established with the aim of providing career related skills to the future graduates of University of Malaya such as in making career decisions, work finding process, and training or skills that are able to aid future graduates in the preparatory process to face the working world.

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University Ranking

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Student services

The Student Support Services provide students with support and guidance throughout their studies. At Universiti Malaya, we have a well-established network of support staff and a range of services in place to advise and assist students with any problems they may experience relating to their studies, health issues, career and personal issues.

Housing services

Living in the university residential halls is great fun and ideal opportunity to make friends. University of Malaya boasts 13 residential colleges that can accommodate up to 12,000 students. This amount represents about 65% of all the students pursuing their first degrees.

Each residential hall is administered by a principal and assisted by several fellows. The Residential Halls do not only provide students with accommodation but also facilities such as game courts, reading rooms, grocery shops, cyber cafes and computer labs. Most halls provide meals while the others have cafeteria facilities.

Library services

The University of Malaya Library encompasses a network of libraries and through this network the Library is able to provide comprehensive services and facilities using the discipline-based approach.

Medical services


  • University Hospital with surgical and emergency room facilities
  • Student Health Clinic
  • Vaccinations
  • Referral Letters to Government & University Hospitals
  • Individual Counselling
  • Group Counselling
  • Student Insurance

Student Life

Campus life

University of Malaya, or UM, Malaysia's oldest university, is situated on a 750 acre (309 hectare) campus in the southwest of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It has been one roller coaster ride, but that is how life is!

A good starting point
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The study experience is challenging to help students to have better analytical skills, communication as well as problem solving skills. Also I got a one year accredited exchange program nominated by UM to South Korea that opens up my horizon of the world where i met new people, learned a new language and have a better understanding of a globalised world.

UM in my point of view
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

University Malaya is one of the best universities in the world. Through my studying in UM i found it is good choice for the people who are here in Malaysia and do not have enough money to go to Europe countries. But I see that studying in Canada is something different than being here because my dream is to be part of University of Toronto in Canada and I hope I can chief...

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