One of Australia’s Best Has Arrived

THOSE looking for quality Australian education can now look forward to pursuing their dreams with the University of Wollongong (UOW), a global top 1% higher education institution and is ranked 196th in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2021). UOW is ranked 14th in the world – QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings 2021.

Its establishment in November last year as UOW Malaysia KDU, via the acquisition of the KDU college and university colleges, was marked with an inauguration by Australia Education Minister Dan Tehan and Malaysia’s Higher Education director-general Datuk Dr Siti Hamisah.

During the inauguration, UOW Malaysia KDU announced its commitment to be a pre-eminent provider of higher education in the country, which combines its internationally recognised teaching programmes with a personalised approach to producing industry-ready graduates.UOW believes that universities have an obligation to contribute to society, which is why the university has created a network of knowledge that spans the globe to solve problems that affect people’s lives.

Solving problems with global impact

Amongst these efforts are the Global Challenges Knowledge Exchange Network (Asia) programme, which was launched last year in Kuala Lumpur by UOW senior deputy vice-chancellor Prof Joe Chicharo.

Part of UOW’s highly successful Global Challenges interdisciplinary research programme, the network aims to increase research collaboration between Australia and Malaysia by bringing together academics from different regions and disciplines to exchange knowledge and expertise, build relationships, share ideas and pursue joint research projects.

Global Challenges research teams address problems that extend beyond the scope of a single discipline in collaboration with industry, government and the wider community.

Some examples include harnessing social media to aid flood mitigation and building industries on oceans while ensuring they are sustainable, and the importance of establishing green spaces within cities for health and well-being.

One programme, two global experiences

The Covid-19 pandemic has not only seen most countries closing their borders and suffering through economic downturns, but has also put a halt to the plans of students seeking to go abroad, with many even electing to stay within their home countries.

However, that does not mean that students have to delay their education.

With UOW focused upon ensuring students have choice in realising their dreams, it has created a range of innovative solutions to enable students to either complete their study experience in Malaysia or progress seamlessly to one of UOW’s other campuses located within Australia, Dubai or Hong Kong.

Upon enrolment, students in foundation and most diploma programmes will receive an offer letter to pursue their bachelor degree studies in Australia.

For those enrolling in business or computing bachelor’s degree programmes at UOW Malaysia KDU, there is the option of a dual award programme, where they commence their degree studies within Malaysia before transferring to UOW in Australia to complete their programme. Upon completion, they receive an award from both UOW and UOW Malaysia KDU.

Moreover, UOW Malaysia KDU students transferring to UOW Australia enjoy a 25% fee waiver off their international tuition fees, making an overseas study experience more accessible.

Locally, it has several campuses across the nation to cater to nurturing the next generation of Malaysian talents.

UOW Malaysia KDU September 2020 intake is progress. Enrolment Day Aug 27 – Sept 13.

For more information drop by our campuses, Utropolis Glenmarie and George Town, or visit

UOW Malaysia KDU, Utropolis Glenmarie, Selangor

Located in Selangor, the university college has flagship programmes in the disciplines of hospitality and culinary arts, game development and business, in addition to its state-of-art industry grade facilities.

UOW Malaysia KDU George Town, Penang

A leading private tertiary institution on Penang island with a particular reputation for hospitality and communication programmes, a focus of the education journey at this campus is the range of experiential learning opportunities that is available.

UOW Malaysia KDU College, Damansara Jaya, Selangor

This is a premium college that offers quality pre-university studies and diploma programmes as a gateway to UOW Australia and its network of institutions across the globe.

UOW Malaysia KDU, Batu Kawan, Penang

The newest campus in the UOW Malaysia KDU network, this internationally styled campus is located adjacent to the Penang innovation and technology hub, with a focus on computing and technology programmes. There is a prominence of industry 4.0 embedded into the curriculum to ensure students are future-ready.

In addition to Malaysia, the UOW global network includes campuses throughout Australia, University of Wollongong in Dubai and UOW College Hong Kong.

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