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Malaysian private universities that offer mechanical engineering programmes

Published by Afterschool.my on Aug 26, 2014, 03:13 pm

Jobs in fields that allow engineers to help the world – such as energy, civil and mechanical engineering – are projected to grow. In Malaysia, engineering jobs are aplenty yet the talent pool is small. We need at least 250,000 engineers by 2020. We fall short of this target with a domestic pool of 80,000 engineers.

If you plan to secure a career in this field of study, here is a list of private institutions that offer a 4-year degree programme in mechanical engineering:


The University of Southampton is well known for its excellent track record for teaching engineering in a research-led environment. The university is the top 15 research university in the UK. TheUniversity of Southampton has a strong track record of placing graduates in leading multinational corporations such as Airbus and Rolls-Royce in the aerospace industry, McLaren Racing and Renault F1 team in the automotive industry, as well as Schlumberger and BP in the petroleum industry.

Through its campus in Iskandar, Johor Bahru, students have the chance to attain a degree from a leading UK university for only 60 per cent of the cost. Students enrolling at its Malaysia campus can get to study up to two years at its UK-based university. Furthermore, students will get professional engineering accreditation in both the UK and Malaysia.


The mechanical engineering programme at UCSI University is designed to prepare future engineers to become innovative in solving problems and posses excellent communication skills. In this programme, strong emphasis is given on designing mechanical components and systems, and application of various technics and computational methods to solving problems.

All of UCSI University’s engineering degree programmes comply with the latest requirements for accreditation by the Malaysian Engineering Accreditation Council, which fulfils the international requirements drafted in the Washington Accord.


The mechanical engineering programme atNilai University focuses on the design and application of thermal, fluid and mechanical power systems and the design, production, and use of machines and tools. It will provide a solid understanding of core concepts including engineering mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, materials science and engineering, CAD/CAM/CAE and energy management.

Nilai University's engineering programmes feature licensed MATLAB, Simulink, Multisim, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Ansys, CNC simulator and emulator software. Students will undero training as part of the syllabus on SolidWorks and Anysys software so they can create components with parametic methods and to create assemblies and gain knowledge on computer aided engineering analysis.


Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) offers a wide range of engineering and technology programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels complemented with a strong focus on Research and Development. The programmes are designed with high industry relevance to provide a dynamic learning environment.

UTP offers industrial internship programmes for its students. The students are posted as interns for 28 weeks (approximately 7 months). The length of the internship duration allows students to engage in more significant work assignments and is widely thought as a major strength of the academic curriculum.


Students taking the mechanical engineering programme at INTI will be prepared for careers in energy transfer and analysis, machine and electromechanical designs, manufacturing and production, ergonomics and man-machine symbiosis, environmental design and analysis as well as new technologies such as robotics and numerical control machining. Furthermore, students will develop business,interpersonal and managerial skills to progress quickly into responsible positions in mechanical or manufacturing industries and their supply chains. The engineering programme atINTI follows the guidelines set by the Engineering Accreditation Council .


Multimedia University (MMU) was set up through Universiti Telekom Sdn Bhd (UTSB), a wholly owned subsidiary of TM. It is the country's first private university and a catalyst for the development of a high tech ICT industry in the country. MMU has two campuses in Malaysia - Melaka and Cyberjaya. Presently it hosts 13 research centres which focus on nanotechnology, biometrics, microwave & telecommunications, engineering, virtual reality, photonics, robotics, and business.


Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman(UTAR) was established under the UTAR Education Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation. From over a hundred students, UTARhas now more than 1,000 students in its four campuses in Petaling Jaya, Setapak, Bandar Sungai Long and Kampar, Perak. To ensure high education standards, UTAR created a panel of external examiners that consists of scholars from University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Harvard University and University of Sydney. The university has participated in and won awards in the Malaysia Robot Contest (ROBOCON) and the MSC Malaysia Huawei Scholastic Awards.


At Taylor’s School of Engineering, both its foundation and bachelor students are taught through project-based learning, in order to better prepare them for their future jobs as Engineers of their chosen disciplines. The university's course curriculum has been developed and enhanced from our 13-year experience of partnering with University of Birmingham, UK. Mechanical engineering students have to undergo a 12-week industrial training to develop practical and relevant skills for future employment.


Manipal International University (MIU) is a multidisciplinary university. Its mechanical programme aims to prepare students for the manufacturing, transportation and telecommunications industries. Through this program, students are exposed to the basics of metallurgy and measurement, before tackling complex subjects like machinery, fluid mechanics, and mathematics. This program is based on a problem-solving approach based on actual, industrial issues, thereby training students to be productive in the workplace.


Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) is wholly-owned by public-listed Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), one of the largest utility companies in Southeast Asia. UNITEN's College of Engineering has kept pace with the demands of scientific and technological world. The college comprises of four departments which are Electronics & Communication Engineering, Electrical Power Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,  Civil Engineering and a Engineering Mathematics & Management Unit.

The college offers programmes at foundation and bachelor levels. UNITEN is a Tier 5 (EXCELLENT) institution in engineering, according to D-SETARA rankings.


The mechanical engineering department at Curtin University is dedicated to the enhancement of teaching and research and pursuit of excellence and innovative applications of technology as contribution to the advancement of scientific knowledge, understanding and community relevance in the region. The department has established research collaborations with local and international industries and academic institutions.

Graduates of Curtin’s Mechanical Engineering Course are widely regarded for their knowledge, skill and adaptability by employers. The programme is recognised by MQA, JPA, BEM and EAust.


The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus is the first British branch campus in the world. The mechanical engineering programme at the Malaysia Campus is taught in English and students are awarded a degree from The University of Nottingham irrespective of whether the degree was pursued in Malaysia or UK. The degrees are accredited by the UK Engineering Council which testifies that programmes offered are tested for quality.

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus was rated Tier 5 “Excellent” in The Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education (SETARA) and is the highest ranking institution in Malaysia in 2010 and 2012.


The mechanical engineering programme at Swinburne University Sarawak, focuses on the design, manufacture and maintenance of machine components and systems from small domestic products to highly complex vehicle and aerospace systems. The programme aims to combine broad engineering knowledge and detailed expertise in specialist fields to enable students to harness these changes. This program has also been professionally accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) Malaysia and Engineers Australia.

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia as well as Graduate Membership of Board of Engineers Malaysia.


Monash University Malaysia is a full-fledged campus of one of Australia’s top universities. Students at Monash University, Malaysia will learn to apply their developing maths and science knowledge to real-life problems and begin to understand the interaction between engineering and society. Upon graduation, students will find career opportunities in biotechnology, building and construction, computer programming, food processing, manufacturing, mining, nanotechnology, power generation, robotics, sustainable technologies, telecommunications and transport.

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