Top Universities and Colleges in Malaysia According to MyQUEST/SETARA 2022

The SETARA/MyQUEST 2022 have been announced! See which universities and private colleges in Malaysia are among the best with this list.

Updated 26 Sep 2023

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The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) has finally released the latest SETARA and MyQUEST ratings for 2022, which rate the quality and standards of higher education institutions in Malaysia.

Before we jump to the list, MOHE has made some changes to how universities and colleges are rated. Here’s a brief update on what to know.

What You Need To Know

Previously, both the SETARA and MyQUEST utilised a star-based rating system to evaluate the performance of universities and colleges in Malaysia with 6 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. 

But as of 2022, MOHE has updated the rating system by introducing only 2 tiers — Berdaya Saing (Competitive) and Berdaya Maju (Viable) instead of the prior 6. The ministry also considers the new rating system as a fair and realistic approach after taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic that affected higher education institutions between the years 2019 and 2021. Therefore, it’s important to note that the MyQUEST and SETARA 2022 results are based on data collected in 2021 only. 

  • Berdaya Saing (Competitive): Excellent and have fulfilled all the criteria under the Malaysian Higher Education Institution Rating. These institutions are capable of competing at a higher level. 
  • Berdaya Maju (Viable): Good and have met the minimum criteria set. These institutions have the capability to progress and move towards a higher level. 

Without further ado, let’s check out the best-ranked universities in Malaysia for SETARA/MyQUEST 2022.

#1. SETARA 2022 Ratings

SETARA is a rating system developed by the Ministry of Higher Education to evaluate the performance of local universities and university colleges — both public and private. Here are the ratings of the top institutions in Malaysia for SETARA 2022. 

Institution Rating
Asia e University Berdaya Saing
Asia School of Business Berdaya Saing
City University Berdaya Saing
DRB-HICOM University of Automotive Malaysia Berdaya Saing
First City University College Berdaya Saing
INCEIF University Berdaya Saing
International Medical University Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti Agrosains Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti Antarabangsa PICOMS Berdaya Saing
BERJAYA University College Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti Bestari Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti Borneo Utara Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti Fairview Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti Islam Melaka Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti Islam Perlis Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti KPJ Healthcare Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti Lincoln Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti Metropolitan Kuala Lumpur Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti New Era Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti Poly-Tech MARA Kuala Lumpur Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti Selatan Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti TATI Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti Veritas Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti Widad Berdaya Saing
Kolej Universiti Yayasan Sabah (KUYS) Berdaya Saing
Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Berdaya Saing
Management and Science University Berdaya Saing
Manipal International University Berdaya Saing
Putra Business School Berdaya Saing
Quest International University Berdaya Saing
Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus Berdaya Saing
Universiti AIMST Berdaya Saing
Universiti Antarabangsa INTI Berdaya Saing
Universiti Antarabangsa Malaya-Wales Berdaya Saing
Universiti Curtin Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Universiti HELP Berdaya Saing
Universiti Heriot-Watt Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Universiti Infrastruktur Kuala Lumpur Berdaya Saing
Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Berdaya Saing
Universiti Islam Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah Berdaya Saing
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Universiti Kuala Lumpur Berdaya Saing
Universiti MAHSA Berdaya Saing
Universiti Malaya Berdaya Saing
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan Berdaya Saing
Universiti Malaysia Pahang Berdaya Saing
Universiti Malaysia Perlis Berdaya Saing
Universiti Malaysia Sabah Berdaya Saing
Universiti Malaysia Sains Komputer dan Kejuruteraan Berdaya Saing
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak Berdaya Saing
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu Berdaya Saing
Universiti Monash Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Universiti Multimedia Berdaya Saing
Universiti Nilai Berdaya Saing
Universiti Nottingham Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris Berdaya Saing
Universiti Pengurusan & Keusahawanan Binary Berdaya Saing
Universiti Perdana Berdaya Saing
Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Universiti Perubatan Newcastle Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Universiti Putra Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Universiti Raffles Berdaya Saing
Universiti Reading Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Universiti Sains Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Universiti SEGi Berdaya Saing
Universiti Selangor Berdaya Saing
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin Berdaya Saing
Universiti Sunway Berdaya Saing
Universiti Taylor's Berdaya Saing
Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka Berdaya Saing
Universiti Teknologi dan Innovasi Asia Pacific Berdaya Saing
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Universiti Teknologi MARA Berdaya Saing
Universiti Teknologi Petronas Berdaya Saing
Universiti Tenaga Nasional Berdaya Saing
Universiti Terbuka Wawasan Berdaya Saing
Universiti Tun Abdul Razak Berdaya Saing
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman Berdaya Saing
Universiti UCSI Berdaya Saing
Universiti Utara Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Universiti Xiamen Malaysia Berdaya Saing
University of Cyberjaya Berdaya Saing
UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College Berdaya Saing
UOW Malaysia KDU University College Berdaya Saing
Geomatika University College Berdaya Maju
Institut Inovasi Rantaian Bekalan Malaysia Berdaya Maju
Kolej Universiti Komunikasi Han Chiang Berdaya Maju
Kolej Universiti Saito Berdaya Maju
Kolej Universiti Yayasan Pahang Berdaya Maju
Manipal GlobalNxt University Berdaya Maju
Open University Malaysia Berdaya Maju
Universiti Antarabangsa Albukhary Berdaya Maju
Universiti Antarabangsa Al-Madinah Berdaya Maju
Universiti Antarabangsa UNITAR Berdaya Maju
Universiti Islam Malaysia Berdaya Maju
Universiti Metropolitan Asia Berdaya Maju
Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah Berdaya Maju
Universiti Teknologi Sarawak Berdaya Maju

#2. MyQUEST 2022 Ratings

MyQUEST is a rating system developed by the Ministry of Higher Education to evaluate the performance of private colleges in the country. Here are the ratings of the top institutions in Malaysia for MyQUEST 2022.

Institution Rating
Advance Tertiary College Berdaya Saing
Akademi Kejururawatan Tung Shin Berdaya Saing
Akademi Laut Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Akademi Maritim Sarawak Berdaya Saing
Akademi Pertama Rekabentuk dan Komunikasi Berdaya Saing
AMC College Berdaya Saing
Asia College of Exercise and Sport Medicine Berdaya Saing
German-Malaysian Institute Berdaya Saing
HELP Academy Berdaya Saing
Institut Makanan Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Institut Methodist Pilley Berdaya Saing
Institut Pengajian Global Berdaya Saing
Institut Seni Lukis Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Institut Sinaran Berdaya Saing
Institut Teknologi DSH Berdaya Saing
Institut Teknologi Maklumat Asia Pasifik (APIIT) Berdaya Saing
Institut Teknologi RIAM Berdaya Saing
INTEC Education College Berdaya Saing
International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak Berdaya Saing
Kemayan AdvanceTertiary College Cawangan Pulau Pinang Berdaya Saing
Kings College Berdaya Saing
Kolej Al-Quran Terengganu Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Almacrest Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Cyberlynx Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Despark Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Elite Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Fajar Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa FAME Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Goon Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Imperia Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Inovatif Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa INTI Subang Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Kejururawatan dan Sains Kesihatan KPJ Cawangan Pulau Pinang Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Mahsa Avenue Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Murni Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Newton Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Northern Kuala Lumpur Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Putra Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Sains dan Teknologi Melaka Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Teknologi Lanjutan Sarawak (ICATS) Cawangan Miri Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Timur Barat Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Travex Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Unifield Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Yayasan Melaka Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa Yes Berdaya Saing
Kolej Antarabangsa YPC Berdaya Saing
Kolej ASA Berdaya Saing
Kolej ATI Berdaya Saing
Kolej Binary (City Campus) Berdaya Saing
Kolej Brickfields Asia Berdaya Saing
Kolej Consist Berdaya Saing
Kolej Cosmopoint Ipoh Berdaya Saing
Kolej Cosmopoint Johor Bharu Berdaya Saing
Kolej Cosmopoint Kota Bharu Berdaya Saing
Kolej Cosmopoint Kota Kinabalu Berdaya Saing
Kolej Cosmopoint Kuala Terengganu Berdaya Saing
Kolej Cosmopoint Kuantan Berdaya Saing
Kolej Cosmopoint Kuching Berdaya Saing
Kolej Cosmopoint Melaka Berdaya Saing
Kolej Cosmopoint Pulau Pinang Berdaya Saing
Kolej Cosmopoint Seremban Berdaya Saing
Kolej Cosmopoint Sungai Petani Berdaya Saing
Kolej Cyberjaya Kota Kinabalu Berdaya Saing
Kolej Cyberjaya Kuching Berdaya Saing
Kolej Dika Berdaya Saing
Kolej Disted Berdaya Saing
Kolej Equator Berdaya Saing
Kolej Erican Berdaya Saing
Kolej Felcra Berdaya Saing
Kolej Geomatika Cawangan Keningau, Sabah Berdaya Saing
Kolej Hafiz Berdaya Saing
Kolej I-Systems Kuching Berdaya Saing
Kolej IACT (Pengiklanan, Komunikasi & Teknologi Antarabangsa) Berdaya Saing
Kolej IBS Berdaya Saing
Kolej IHM Berdaya Saing
Kolej IIMAT Berdaya Saing
Kolej Integrasi Perkembangan Kemahiran Berdaya Saing
Kolej Internasional Crescendo Berdaya Saing
Kolej INTI Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang Berdaya Saing
Kolej INTI Sabah Berdaya Saing
Kolej Islam Antarabangsa Berdaya Saing
Kolej Islam Teknologi Antarabangsa Berdaya Saing
Kolej Kejururawatan dan Sains Kesihatan Adventist Berdaya Saing
Kolej Kejururawatan Lam Wah Ee Berdaya Saing
Kolej Kejururawatan Tun Tan Cheng Lock Berdaya Saing
Kolej Keris Berdaya Saing
Kolej Ketengah Berdaya Saing
Kolej Laila Taib Berdaya Saing
Kolej MAHSA Kampus Sabah Berdaya Saing
Kolej MCS Berdaya Saing
Kolej MDIS Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Kolej Methodist Kuala Lumpur Berdaya Saing
Kolej Metropoint Berdaya Saing
Kolej Mont Royale Berdaya Saing
Kolej MSU Kota Bharu Berdaya Saing
Kolej MSU Penang Berdaya Saing
Kolej MSU Sabah Berdaya Saing
Kolej MSU Sarawak Berdaya Saing
Kolej MSU Seremban Berdaya Saing
Kolej MSU Sg Petani Berdaya Saing
Kolej MSU Shah Alam Berdaya Saing
Kolej MSU Terengganu Berdaya Saing
Kolej Muzik Antarabangsa Berdaya Saing
Kolej Negeri Kampus Chedang Berdaya Saing
Kolej Oneworld Hanxin Berdaya Saing
Kolej Otomotif TOC Berdaya Saing
Kolej Pengajian Islam Johor Berdaya Saing
Kolej Pengajian Tinggi Raffles Berdaya Saing
Kolej Peninsula Shah Alam Berdaya Saing
Kolej Pergigian Antarabangsa Pulau Pinang Berdaya Saing
Kolej Perniagaan Bersepadu Malaysia Berdaya Saing
Kolej Perubatan Antarabangsa Melaka Berdaya Saing
Kolej Perubatan Antarabangsa Subang Jaya Berdaya Saing
Kolej PIA Berdaya Saing
Kolej Poly-Tech MARA Alor Setar Berdaya Saing
Kolej Poly-Tech MARA Bangi Berdaya Saing
Kolej Poly-Tech MARA Batu Pahat Berdaya Saing
Kolej Poly-Tech MARA Ipoh Berdaya Saing
Kolej Poly-Tech MARA Kota Bharu Berdaya Saing
Kolej Poly-Tech MARA Kuantan Berdaya Saing
Kolej Profesional Baitulmal Kuala Lumpur Berdaya Saing
Kolej Profesional dan Pengurusan KLIA Berdaya Saing
Kolej Reliance Cawangan Johor Bahru Berdaya Saing
Kolej SEGi Kota Damansara Berdaya Saing
Kolej SEGi Kuala Lumpur Berdaya Saing
Kolej SEGi Pulau Pinang Berdaya Saing
Kolej SEGi Sarawak Berdaya Saing
Kolej SEGI Subang Jaya Berdaya Saing
Kolej Sentral Pulau Pinang Berdaya Saing
Kolej Seri Stamford Berdaya Saing
Kolej Seri Stamford Melaka Berdaya Saing
Kolej SIDMA Berdaya Saing
Kolej SMART Berdaya Saing
Kolej Sunway Ipoh Berdaya Saing
Kolej Sunway Johor Bahru Berdaya Saing
Kolej Sunway Kuala Lumpur Berdaya Saing
Kolej Sunway Kuching Berdaya Saing
Kolej Taylor's Berdaya Saing
Kolej Teknologi Antarabangsa Cybernetics Berdaya Saing
Kolej Teknologi Darulnaim Berdaya Saing
Kolej Teknologi Sarawak Berdaya Saing
Kolej Teknologi Terain Berdaya Saing
Kolej Teknologi Timur Berdaya Saing
Kolej UCSI Berdaya Saing
Kolej Unikop Berdaya Saing
Kolej UNITI Berdaya Saing
Kolej Uniti Kota Bharu Berdaya Saing
Kolej Veritas Pulau Pinang ( Veritas College Penang) Berdaya Saing
Kolej Vision Berdaya Saing
Kolej Yayasan Pahang Berdaya Saing
Kolej Yayasan Pelajaran Johor Berdaya Saing
Kolej Yayasan UEM Berdaya Saing
Ocean Institute of Audio Technology Berdaya Saing
Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Pulau Pinang Berdaya Saing
RANACO Education and Training Institute Berdaya Saing
Reliance College Berdaya Saing
The One Academy Penang Berdaya Saing
UOW Malaysia KDU College Berdaya Saing
Akademi City Berdaya Maju
Institut Seni Sabah Berdaya Maju
Kolej Antarabangsa Imperium Berdaya Maju
Kolej Antarabangsa Optima Berdaya Maju
Kolej Epitome Berdaya Maju
Kolej ICAN Berdaya Maju
Kolej IJN Berdaya Maju
Kolej Mantissa Berdaya Maju
Kolej Pendidikan Perdana Berdaya Maju
Kolej Perdana Berdaya Maju
Kolej Sains Geospatial dan Teknologi Berdaya Maju
Kolej SIDMA Sarawak Berdaya Maju
Kolej SPACE Berdaya Maju
Kolej Sri Ayu Berdaya Maju
Kolej Teknikal Yayasan Sabah Berdaya Maju
Kolej Teknologi Darulnaim Cawangan Kuala Lumpur Berdaya Maju
Kolej UNITAR BERDAYA MAJU Berdaya Maju

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