EPP 15: Establishment of Branch Campuses

  • GNI by 2020 (mil)
  • Projected jobs by 2020

This EPP capitalises on Malaysia’s attractiveness as a destination for business and education to draw the establishment of branch campuses of foreign universities. This will be achieved by facilitating assistance from relevant Ministries and Government agencies to provide foreign universities with better access to the Malaysian market.

The Ministry of Education and Higher Learning has established guidelines to aid institutions interested in establishing foreign branch campuses here. Only Tier One institutions are allowed to be established in Malaysia.


  • In 2014, Heriot-Watt University (HWU) Malaysia moved into its new campus in Putrajaya with 454 students, of whom 18% are international students. It has also increased its programmes offered to 21 from just six in 2013.
  • HWU awarded 46% of its foundation students and 40% of its undergraduate students with merit scholarships in 2014.
  • HWU also received its first research grant amounting to RM111,867 from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to undertake research in Internet addiction.
  • HWU is currently ranked by QS University rankings as the top university in Scotland and the third best in the UK, and 47th in the world under its Top 50 under 50 2014 category.
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