UOW Malaysia KDU University College

UOW Malaysia KDU University CollegeUtropolis Glenmarie, Selangor

George Town, Penang

Batu Kawan, Penang

UOW Malaysia KDU is part of the University of Wollongong Australia’s global network, but has a long history of providing accessible, quality, tertiary education to Malaysia, and the surrounding regions, as KDU college and university colleges. Established in 1983, KDU was Malaysia’s first purpose-built private college that provided opportunities for Malaysian youth to pursue high-quality overseas tertiary education in a local setting.

Riding on the success of the Damansara Jaya campus, a second campus in Penang was established in 1991. In August 2010, KDU College Damansara Jaya was upgraded to University College status – a reflection of its quality programs, excellent teaching facilities, and strong industry partnerships.

KDU University College then moved to its new flagship campus at Utropolis Glenmarie in January 2015. Also in 2015, KDU College Penang was upgraded to University College status. Both university colleges offer a full spectrum of programs, within a contemporary learning environment utilizing state-of-the-art facilities, from Foundation through to bachelor degrees and postgraduate programs. These include programs in hospitality, tourism and culinary arts, game development and computing, communications, creative arts, business, engineering and nursing.


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Students at UOW Malaysia KDU’s School of Business are driven to be industry-ready. Essential to their academic learning and experience are our collaborations with industry partners, all designed to ensure our students get an edge above others even before they graduate.

Industry Cooperative Education Program

Industry partnership through adoption of specific module at UOW Malaysia KDU School of Business provides our students an opportunity to network with their potentially future employers and apply classroom learning in real-world situations. In most cases, students will go through a series of training modules – from sessions on financial literacy to retail and customer service insights, people management, and other relevant operational areas. The holistic learning eco-system enables students to create and execute their own business plan, which forms part of the practical student assessment throughout their education journey.

UOW Malaysia KDU Job Shadowing Program

At UOW Malaysia KDU, we value the need for students to experience the real world instead of just the classroom education. Therefore from as early as Year 1 of their Bachelor’s Degree studies or Year 2 of their Diploma studies, students will have an opportunity to experience the daily operations of a company as well as observe first hand of the challenges that are faced in the respective professions. Through UOW Malaysia KDU Job Shadowing program, students will be able to gain insights about the industry as opposed to just reading general job descriptions.


At UOW Malaysia KDU, our students are constantly encouraged to push the boundaries of creativity be it through performing arts and festivals, training young talents in the world of creative arts, or showcasing their entrepreneurial effort.

Beyond Show and Tell

It comes as no surprise that our Entertainment Arts students put on mind-blowing performances every year. Although these annual performances are compulsory in their programme, students learn and garner an experience of a lifetime beyond the scope of performing arts. From stage production, the financial aspects of putting on a show, the publicity to generate and the intensity of the performance, students learn the ins and outs of what it takes to make or break a performance. Some of the productions our students have put up include:

The Little Prince in Everyone

A theatrical adaptation of the famous novella Le Petit Prince by the French author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the story follows the life of an innocent child exploring the world and questioning the norms.

Gouden Roos

Gouden Roos tells the tale of a tragic love between a rising theatre star and a street painter in the days of yore.

As UOW Malaysia KDU believes in an all-rounded education, it is crucial that our students are also trained to train others, developing talents as they go along developing their own. As a testimony of the strength and quality of our students, UOW Malaysia KDU was invited to collaborate on training young kids for the International Science Drama Competition 2016. Whilst lecturer Gabbie Ngoh wrote and directed the show, she also handpicked three students who not only assisted her in the direction of the show, but also coached the young actors to their winning Second Prize spot and Overall Best Performer Award, in the finals held in Singapore, beating teams from Thailand, Singapore and Philippines


“An all-inclusive syllabus that produces computing wizards & games maestros”


Our syllabus is a direct result of in-depth analysis and collaborations with industry partners to ensure our graduates are not only employable but desirable talents that can integrate seamlessly into the industry. It evolves to stay relevant to current industry needs and practices.

Creative Media:

The Game Development degree program at UOW Malaysia KDU is endorsed by a major UK-based game development studio and stalwarts in the local industry. The program’s streamlined syllabus and industry insights produces sought-after graduates, drawing many a studio to headhunt and handpick talents before they even graduate. With three specialised streams to choose from, our program is one of the most comprehensive Game Development programs out there.

UOW Malaysia KDU also collaborates with Codemasters Studios in the adoption of industry benchmarking and standards for curriculum and assessment methods in program delivery. Codemasters is one of Britain’s oldest video game development companies and is considered Europe’s largest independent games company with nearly 700 employees in the UK alone.


UOW Malaysia KDU recognises the need to integrate and diminish the gap between industry requirements, practice and technology and academic delivery. Irrespective of the computing stream students choose to study, our syllabus ensure they have a strong grasp in the fundamentals on computing, from programming, to using complex algorithms, and designing, building and testing of applications or systems – all of which are critical in cultivating a graduate who is an analytical thinker and creative problem-solver.

UOW Malaysia KDU offers programmes in 3 out of the 4 major facets of computing (as stated by The Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest scientific and educational society for computing).

  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Information System


Strategic Partnerships:

We work with selected corporate industry and relevant organisations to obtain practical training materials and tools for knowledge transfer as well as the opportunity for events and networking. Students get a taste of real world experience in consultation with top technological companies such as IEEE Computer Society, and RapidMiner Master Reseller, Ouandatics (M) Sdn Bhd keeping updated with latest trends through projects and industry involvement.


Hands-on learning and real-world experience are crucial in ensuring our students, as future engineers, stay current and remain relevant when they begin their career. Actively engaging industry experts and exposing students to real-life practices, as well as the development of real-life projects are some of the ways we ensure our students set themselves apart and are more grounded from their exposure to the different challenges faced in the industry.


Engineering courses at UOW Malaysia KDU emphasize on Design-Centric Curriculum (DCC), with Design Thinking as the grounding principle of teaching and learning. Students are required to engage in design assignments, Capstone projects and Problem-Based Learning (PBL) to develop their skills in design, complex problem-solving, project management, teamwork, lifelong learning and complex communication.


Industry Advisory Panel:

Our Industry Advisory Panel is made up of various industry professionals and engineers, who provide valuable industry insights to enhance our curriculum and students’ learning. Panel members include those from ABB Malaysia, ProvenPac and YTL Construction, just to name a few.

Industrial Project:

Our students are required to complete Final Year engineering projects, which are collaborations with the industry, based on real-world challenges posed by selected organisations. These projects challenge and test students’ skill and creativity in solving complex, real-world problems.

Industrial Visits:

Students are provided with exposure to real-world work environment and processes through industrial visits to various plants, sites and organisations, such as MRT construction sites, Energy Commission of Malaysia, MEASAT Satellite Systems and Fraser and Neave, just to name a few.

Young Professional Experience:

Through the Young Professional Experience sharing sessions, our engineering students are able to gain insights on various engineering industries and learn more about the experiences of young engineers, some of whom include Mr Loo Ping Yew (R. Stahl Engineering & Manufacturing), and Chin Ze Wei (Schneider Electric).


As the pioneer in hospitality education since 1893, the Swiss reputation for hospitality excellence is respected and trusted globally. Our partner IMI International Management Institute located in Lucerne, Switzerland is ranked 12th in the QS World University Ranking for Hospitality. In this program, students also have the option of obtaining an extra parchment from IMI International Management Institute, Switzerland.


Lecturers and chefs are experts from the hotel, tourism and culinary fields. Students are taught by highly qualified industrial experts. Our dedicated academic staff are passionate in grooming the next generation of chefs and hoteliers.

AVANT GARDE FACILITIES – Kitchens, Restaurants, Culinary Theatres, Wine Lab and Equatorial Hospitality Training Suite

The school furnishes students with over RM 12 Million worth of learning facilities spanning 65,000 square feet in equivalence to professional commercial kitchens, laboratories and F&B outlets in the industry. This ensures that students are familiar with industry standards equipped with practical knowledge and skills to remain competitive and globally marketable in the future.


At UOW Malaysia KDU, our emphasis on holistic education and real-world learning gives our students the best exposure in the study of law. We guide students to discover the role they are most suited for when studying law here. Our Bachelor of Laws (3+0) University of London International programme is tailored to help students develop their legal analytical, communication, problem-solving, critical thinking and research skills so they may excel in any career choice – whether as practicing attorneys, members of the judiciary or other legal professionals across a myriad of industries.

Law is one of the oldest fields of study, and remains as one of the most sought-after and widely respected programs in the world. A law degree is the first step towards a career path in the traditional legal sector, whether as a practicing advocate or solicitor. However, a Bachelor of law course is also one that opens many doors. The modern law graduate can move into a variety of positions not only confined to the courts but may also venture into the government, the public sector, business, corporations and even in entertainment. As the legal profession grows more dynamic every day, there is a demand for law graduates who are holistic in their approach and global in their outlook.


The Business School prides itself on the highest standard of teaching, research and our close links to industry, all of which lead to the development of high caliber graduates with employability.


The Business school curriculum connects with the world of commerce aiming to maximise employment for our graduates. Our academic staff are research active and engage in industry, which contribute and enhance the students learning experience.


The School increases the engagement of students in their own education by having students put their learning into practice. Our students are actively involved in testing their business acumen with enterprising schemes and entrepreneurial projects, all of which contribute to preparing you for the business environment.


When students first enrol into ADP program in Malaysia, many will be surprised at the general education classes they are required to take in order to graduate. They wonder why someone who wants to be a psychologist or television producer should study subjects that are not directly related to those fields. And that is a reasonable question.

This is simply because a liberal arts education is a broad-based education in which a ADP student studies a variety of different subjects in order to gain a better working knowledge of the world around him or her, rather than focusing and specializing in one specific area of knowledge. It teaches a student on how to think and in turn, how to learn, and prepares them to be well-rounded citizens and lifelong learners, which is important for succeeding in our ever-changing world.

In Malaysia, although a liberal arts education is considered unconventional, ADP has earned global recognition for its dedication to acculturate students with the spirit of inquiry and pursuit of knowledge through critical thinking, openness, and exchange of ideas.

When students complete the American Degree Transfer Program from UOW Malaysia KDU, our expectation is that they will be adolescent scholars, critical thinkers, and effective communicators to embark their journey as global citizens.

High Level of Flexibility

The beauty of a liberal arts education is the high level of flexibility it offers. ADP Students undergo two years of liberal arts study at UOW Malaysia KDU, before deciding on a major in specific disciplines (and are also able to switch their major). They are free to pick a combination of science and arts subjects, depending on their preference.


At UOW Malaysia KDU, students benefit from our faculty of experienced and Professional Accounting lecturers, all of whom carry a 10-year average teaching experience.

CAT, an internationally-recognised qualification awarded by the ACCA, is designed to train you to be an accounting technician of today and tomorrow needs. It is not only a rigorous and flexible qualification to help you contribute to business performance and an ever-changing business landscape, but also allow you to fast-track towards being a qualified accountant. CAT covers the key areas of financial accounting, management accounting, taxation and finance.


Weekend classes are available (professional level papers) for those who’d need to juggle between work and study.


We track students’ learning capabilities through lecturer-marked progress tests, mock examinations, as well as examination reviews, to ensure a higher passing rate.

Employability Enhancement Program (EEP) embedded for soft skill enhancement.FREE SQL Accounting Software Training.


Assistance in ACCA Malaysia initial registration, payment of subscription and registration for exams. Guidance in Practical Experience Requirement (PER) for attaining ACCA membership. Academic counselling on study pathways. Recording services for the classes are available upon request.

Why Choose the Diploma in Early Childhood Education at UOW Malaysia KDU?

If you have a passion for working with children and envision a career in this field, this program will give you an excellent foundation. You will be equipped with the theoretical and practical aspects in the teaching of pre-school.

Furthermore, the UOW Malaysia KDU Diploma in Early Childhood Education program is created to develop early childhood education’ professionals who are well equipped with the knowledge and skills relevant in this field and who are thus able to contribute to the growth of early childhood education in Malaysia.

In the face of increased attention to early childhood professional development in the practice and policy communities, graduates are required to have a strong foundation in early childhood studies as well as exposed to other relevant fields of study in order to make them holistic learners. This makes you industry ready and sets you apart as a graduate.

By studying with UOW Malaysia KDU, you will gain more than just a degree. You will receive the real-life knowledge, experience and skills that employers are really looking for.

More than just an education, the University College also provides a comprehensive network to support your overall wellbeing.

Teaching the young minds require the right mindset, approach, methods, tools and skills in order to enhance their learning abilities. A solid foundation in the early years will shape the children’s pathway into primary, secondary and ultimately tertiary education. If you have the passion to mould the young minds and shape their future pathways, this program will provide you the excellent and solid foundation.

The UOW Malaysia KDU Diploma in Early Childhood program is created to develop knowledgeable, ethical and professionally qualified educators who are well equipped with the necessary set of skills and competencies relevant in this field and hence contributing to the overall growth of early childhood education in Malaysia.

Basic Info

Established : 1983

Staff : 200

Students : 1,000

Main Faculty

UOW Malaysia KDU University College

UOW Malaysia KDU College

UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College

School of Hospitality

School of Communication

School of Business

American Degree Programme

School of Computing

School of Engineering

School of Health & Science

Professional Accounting

School of Social Science

Pre – University


Partner University

IMI International Management Institute, Lucerne, Switzerland

ALMA La Scuola Internazionale Di Cucina Italiana

University Of Lincoln

Northumbria University, UK


CPA Australia

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

University of London, UK

Cambridge International Examinations, UK

The University of Chester

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